Fresh-air fitness is free and open

A range of open and free spaces are available on the Peninsula for those who want to maintain or even launch their fitness journey while gyms closed and classes postponed.

The Patonga Beach Tennis and Sports Club at Bay St remains open, with the two synthetic grass courts unlocked.

Outdoor fitness equipment is also available for use at the Ettalong Foreshore, Peninsula Recreation Precinct at Umina Beach, and Killcare’s Foreshore Beach Reserve.

The Empire Bay playspace on Shelly Beach Rd also remains open.

However, you might not even need to leave your home to get a good workout.

Local fitness trainer, Ben Durham, said it was so important for both physical and mental health to stay active during the lockdown.

“The importance of health and fitness falls into our entire body’s health, both physically and mentally,” Durham said.

“I know that I was struggling to keep motivated with my health and fitness because I was not going into a space with all the specialised equipment and motivating staff to help make training go as easily and quickly as possible.

“But with a little adjustment, and a little bit of tampering when it comes to my goals, I’ve been able to begin a new routine to help me both mentally and physically.

“The best way to begin this journey is to, every day, at the same time, be active.

“For 30 minutes or an hour, be active – go for a walk, a run, walk up and down your stairs 12 times, whatever you can manage, do it but stay safe.

“You can go to the local park or use the outdoor equipment.

“It’s going to be a bit of an adjustment, but this gives you an opportunity to focus on areas you may not usually focus on.”

Durham recommends a walk or run for a quick, snap workout, followed by sit ups, and then … the “dreaded” burpees.

Council has listed the public spaces available for use along with COVID-19 restrictions on their website.

Maisy Rae

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