Fitness solutions for every taste and every need.

Words: Kristy Barratt

Whether you want to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles, create a lean, more flexible body, train for a half or full marathon, or simply enjoy the outdoors through some social exercise, now’s the time to get your body in tip top shape for the spring and summer months ahead. Here’s our pick of how to do it.

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You want… an easy fitness regime
Then try… walking

Winter is a time to hibernate, and let’s face it – the season where sometimes we add a few extra kilos. If your fitness regime has been lying dormant, be kind to yourself and start slowly. St Ives and its surrounds are blessed with quiet, leafy green streets that are ideal for dog walking or a brisk morning stroll. The Athlete’s Foot St Ives runs the Village Walkers group, a social group that meets twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays at 7.30am outside Woolworths at The Village. Drop in to The Athletes Foot to have a chat and pick up some colourful new trainers while you’re there (motivation, right!?).

You want… to build endurance
Then try… running & hiking

Training for a hiking holiday? With its tranquil bush setting, Garrigal National Park, a five-minute drive from The Village, is home to abundant hikes including the popular Cascades trail. The hike is steep on the way back up so wear sturdy shoes. Running more your style? Sign up to the Bare Creek Trail Run (a yearly fun run through Garrigal National Park) or join in The Athlete’s Foot running group. For treadmill sprints, check out North Shore Gym and Anytime Fitness in Pymble, or the relatively new F45 training centre in St Ives.

You want… to tone, stretch & create a strong core
Then try… yoga & Pilates
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While many yoga and Pilates students come to the mat in search of a “toned, lean body” the benefits are far greater. Think mind/body balance, increased self-esteem, a boost to your stamina and management of stress levels. You don’t have to be super flexible or advanced to get involved either: even a beginner’s yoga class can do wonders for your health while the core strength classes offered at St Ives Physiotherapy and Sports Therapy will help you kick those abs into gear. Local yoga classes to try include The Yoga Room at St Ives. Pick up some chic new tights at Lorna Jane before you jump in to feel your absolute best.

You want… to better your back health
Then try… swimming

An ideal all-over body workout – and a ‘moving mediation’ for the mind – swimming is one of the top exercises recommended for people who have back concerns. It also enhances the respiratory system and creates toned upper back and shoulder muscles. Places to get wet include Ku-ring-gai Fitness & Aquatic Centre, a 10-minute drive from The Village, or Macquarie University Sport and Aquatic Centre, a 20-minute drive away. Double Bay Clothing is the place to find stylish activewear to wear both pre- and post-swim.

Want more?

Every Saturday or Sunday morning you’ll find hordes of road cyclists sipping their morning coffee post ride at Pattison’s Patisserie in St Ives. You too can join in the fun – or perhaps sign up to one of St Ives’ various social sporting clubs, such as Saturday softball on the St Ives Village Green.