Cardiovascular exercises are among the best ways for you to maintain a healthy weight or to lose a couple of inches on your waistline.
That’s not even the best part; however, as “cardio” as it’s more commonly known, is extremely cheap as well. In most cases, workouts such as running and walking are completely free of charge once you have the necessary equipment such as shoes and other apparel.
Meanwhile, if you do need to pay a price, such as the entrance fee for a hiking spot, the amount will be really low and will surely go to a good cause.
Running is one of the most popular sports in Australia. In fact, there are multiple running events that happen there in a calendar year with distances ranging from the humble five kilometers up to the more daunting ultramarathon.
Thousands upon thousands of people participate in these events every year, whether in a bid to beat a personal record over a certain distance or just to try something new.
These events happen all year round and don’t stop even during the relatively colder fall season, which begins on the first of March. The temperatures begin to drop during autumn, so if you’re planning to go on a run, wear some extra layers.
Running has become so popular in Australia that they’re even offering running holidays or “runcations.” This is a perfect way for you to see the parts of the land down under you may haven’t visited yet, while finishing a dream run of yours as well.
There are so many of these runs to sign up for during fall. You can choose to participate in road races such as the ones in Queensland or the Australian Capital Territory. There are even night runs in these areas. If trail running is more your style, try the ones in New South Wales and Victoria.
Up next we have hiking. Australia is a well-known hiking destination thanks to the wide array of trails and terrain to choose from. As we’ve mentioned previously, we recommend that you bring some insulated clothing because it’s bound to get colder in higher altitudes.
If you’re looking for a more relaxed hike, we suggest you go to the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk or the Freycinet Experience Walk, which are both in Tasmania. If you want more of a challenge, try the Larapinta Trail in the Northern Territory, which takes two to three weeks from start to finish.
Autumn is the perfect time to go hiking in Australia since you won’t have as many tourists to share the trail with, which is ideal if you consider your hikes as a meditative experience.
Because of the lower demand for trails and hiking spots during this time, the entrance fees can potentially be lowered as well. Some people also prefer the cooler temperatures during fall since it lessens the chances of hiking hazards including heat stroke and dehydration. The best part is that some spots become even more picturesque once March rolls around.
Finally, we have walking. A few people may not consider walking as a real workout, but it actually has a lot of benefits. It’s even the most popular physical activity among adults in Australia and even worldwide. Going on walks on a regular basis can reduce the risk of getting heart disease and high blood pressure.
It also lessens the chances of you becoming diabetic. Aside from making your bones and muscles stronger, walking also allows you to keep your body fit and your waistline to lose a couple inches, all the while boosting your mood.
Walking during fall in Australia is great due to the cooler temperatures. Those who manage walking tours say that the best times to go on a walking trip down under is from spring to fall in its southern portion, while in the southern part walks are recommended from fall all the way to spring.
If you noticed, autumn is always included, which means that come this season, you can basically go on a walking tour anywhere in the country.
When the fall season comes, try out running, hiking, and walking. Who knows you might find an outdoor activity to fall for – no pun intended – and continue all year round.