7 days, 7 ways to get fit for free in Brisbane

Was getting fit one of your new year's resolutions?

With hundreds of free and low-cost active and healthy classes, workshops and greenspaces to exercise in across Brisbane, there's no need to lock yourself into a gym membership. Put your wallet away and get fit while having fun outdoors!

Here are seven days of fit-spiration to make you sweat for free or for less than the cost of your morning coffee.

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Monday - first steps

Day one. Are you ready? Lace up your walking shoes and set out along one of Brisbane's walking trails to hit your 10,000 steps target. Hike from J. C. Slaughter Falls up the 1.9-kilometre Summit Track to the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, or try one of the many other Mt Coot-tha Forest tracks.

For a more urban walk, discover our five public art trails, or join your local Heart Foundation walking group for some extra motivation. 

Tuesday - free gyms

Got your high-energy playlist ready? Press play and make your way to one of more than 170 local parks with outdoor gyms. From simple, static equipment for chin-ups, sit-ups and step-ups, to interactive and moveable equipment for cardio and resistance, our outdoor gyms are perfect for a free workout. There are even step-by-step instructions on the equipment to help you!

We took personal trainer, Roger from @mind_and_muscel_pt to one of our Council outdoor gyms to step us through workouts for the upper body and core and legs. Watch the videos on Council's YouTube channel for inspiration before heading to a park with exercise equipment.

Wednesday - yoga or dance

Get through 'hump' day saying 'namaste' at one of our free or low-cost yoga classes. The classes are designed for all experience levels and will leave you feeling centred, calm and stretched. 

Thursday - pool day

You've been working up a sweat all week, so switch pace and dive into an aqua class at one of Council's 22 local pools. We've got free or low-cost aqua aerobics, Zumba and yoga, and deep water running classes. Most classes are free, but you'll still need to pay the pool entry fee.

If swimming laps is more your thing and you want some instruction or competition, some pools have swimming squads or offer stroke development classes.

Friday - party day

Get your heart rate up with a dance class. We've got a variety of dance-style classes including Zumba®, U-Jam, line dancing, Bollywood dance and more. The best thing is, you'll have so much fun, it will hardly feel like exercise!

Saturday - cycle or scooter

If you've got a bike, we've got weekend cycling workshops to help get you out and about. Our learn to maintain your bike sessions teach you how to look after your bike and keep your bike rolling. There are also girls and guys mountain bike skills sessions, Wheely Fun for kids, speed date an electric bike and bike riding skills.

If you are already a regular rider, go for a weekend ride along our beautiful bikeways. Check out our Cycling Brisbane rides to try. Want to try something new or out of the ordinary? Test your bike skills at one of Council's 20 BMX parks, or cruise along the city's newest bikeways on an e-bike or e-scooter.

Sunday - take it slow with tai chi

Easy like a Sunday morning - singer, Lionel Ritchie, know Sundays were for taking it slow. Finish your week with a tai chi session at Woolcock Park, Red Hill.

If water activity is more your thing and you have access to a stand-up paddleboard, canoe or kayak, set out for a water adventure from one of Brisbane River recreation hubs

Free or low-cost fitness every day

Now you've done 7 days of activity, keep up the good work with our free and low-cost active and healthy events.

Let us help you keep active and healthy in 2021.

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This article was originally published in January 2020 and was most recently updated in June 2021.

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Last updated: 15 December 2021
Topics: things to do

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