Gold Coasters are known for being an active, healthy bunch.
With countless gyms, yoga studios and bootcamps constantly popping up around the Coast, there’s definitely no shortage of ways to keep fit.
All of this can be expensive though so we sought out some of the most affordable ways to get in your daily exercise around the city (from north to south).
*two of the below classes are free.
An all-over body workout that transforms the way you look, feel and perform through building strength, teaching body awareness, good posture and relieving back pain.
WHEN: Monday and Friday at 9am
WHERE: Zen Soul Yoga, Paradise Point Parklands, The Esplanade, Paradise Point
Energetic sessions combining cardio, circuits and boxing. All equipment supplied and all ages welcome.
WHEN: Mondays at 6pm
WHERE: Body by Paris, Nerang Community Centre, 34 Price Street, Nerang
Relaxing and energizing, yoga has proven benefits for the mind, body and soul. Far more than just stretching and relaxing, yoga gives you a chance to appreciate the present moment. Classes are suitable for all levels and ages.
WHEN: Mondays at 6.30pm
WHERE: Australian School of Meditation and Yoga, Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport
Uniquely designed outdoor fitness classes for mums and bubs. The exercise program targets the physiological effects on the body caused by pregnancy and childbirth.
WHEN: Fridays at 9:45am
WHERE: Macintosh Island Park, Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise
COST: First class is free then $15 casually or $10 per week
Give your body an all-over workout in a friendly, all ages and fitness levels class. Sessions include boxing, circuit training, core strengthening and stretching.
WHEN: First Monday of every month at 7am
WHERE: Kurrawa Park, Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach
POUND rockout workout
POUND is an exhilarating full body workout combining cardio, Pilates-inspired strength training and the energizing, sweaty fun of drumming.
WHEN: Wednesdays at 6.30pm
WHERE: Launch Performing Arts Academy, 1/56 Paradise Ave, Miami
Improve your mind and body connection through breath control and movement. A qualified instructor guides you through a series of movements to help promote harmony and improve mobility and mental awareness. Tai Chi is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
WHEN: Monday and Wednesday at 8.30am
WHERE: Australian Academy of Tai Chi, Justins Park, The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads
High Intensity Interval Training incorporates cardio, strength and mobility exercises catering for all fitness levels. HIIT involves shorter, higher intensity workouts for maximum results.
WHEN: Mondays at 6pm and Fridays at 9.15am
WHERE: The Fit Hub, Unit 4/9 Rothcote Court, Burleigh Heads
COST: $15 – bookings required
Deep water running
Improve your overall health with this enjoyable and challenging exercise. Deep water running is low impact and great for all ages and fitness levels. All equipment is provided.
WHEN: Fridays from 10.30 to 11am
WHERE: Palm Beach Aquatic Centre, Thrower Drive, Palm Beach
Holistic group fitness
One hour group fitness sessions incorporating a combination of exercises from balance, body expression, movement and stretches to mobilization, meditation and breathing techniques.
WHEN: Monday and Wednesday 5.30am and 6pm, Tuesday and Thursday 6.30pm, Wednesday 9am and 6pm and Friday 5.30am and 9am
WHERE: Holistic Pro Health Performance, 87 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
COST: $20 bookings required
These classes are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s on offer around the Gold Coast and don’t forget, a beach or rainforest walk is always a good idea for both fitness and clearing that busy mind.
Is there anything more peaceful than floating along Tallebudgera Creek on a sunny, windless morning with a paddle board under your feet?
How about anchoring close to the shore for a relaxing yoga class while the tide gently rocks beneath you.
Now you can do both in the one glorious, zen-inducing morning thanks to local yokl, a Gold Coast company passionate about connecting travellers to locals and uniting them with the heart of our city.
Stand up paddle boarding can be somewhat of an art unto itself and while some balance is required, at least if you fall off, you’ll be splashing into the crystal clear waters of Talle Creek for a refreshing dip. It’s win win.
After cruising up the creek, instructor Sarnia has you dock the boards close(ish) to the shore to begin the yoga portion of the experience.
The practice starts off gently with meditative breathing and stretching and moves into stronger poses tailored to your strength and balance abilities.
After around an hour of asanas, including a few minutes to test out your skills with something a little trickier, it’s time for a closing meditation laying on the board, eyes closed with the sounds of birds, waves and laughing children floating by.
Paddling back to the starting spot might just be one of the most relaxing experiences of your life after that.
Once you’re back on dry land, have a quick dip and join Sarnia for a healthy, delicious breakfast by the creek and be on your merry way.
Paddle board yoga is such a beautiful way to experience one of the Gold Coast’s most breathtaking natural sights and what better way than on the water with a relaxing workout thrown in for good measure.
HOURS: Various (we recommend a sunrise session).
LOCATION: Meet at Kevin Gate Park, Awoonga Ave, Burleigh Heads.
Words by Kirra Smith
Goals for the New Year can be the bain of your existence and, let’s be real, there’s no point setting them if they’re terrifying and unattainable. Never fear, we’ve brought in the big guns to help you get sorted for 2018.
Local Gold Coast pharmacist Holly Louise, better known by her alias #thefitpharmacist, who has provided us with some hints and tips to sticking to your New Year’s goals.
The perfect time to make resolutions for the year ahead. But are they the same ones you have made every year?
What has held you back from achieving your health and fitness goals in the past?
In society today, everyone wants results without putting in the time and effort required to achieve them. Rather than setting aside time to gather information, gain knowledge, and construct a reasonable plan for accomplishing their “goals”, people are often looking for quick fixes. So when they don’t reach their goals in the first few weeks, they lose interest and quit.
The importance and value of goal setting is often overlooked and the biggest mistake most people make is setting unrealistic or unspecific goals. “I want to lose weight” or “I want to get fit” are the most common ones I come across with my clients. The difference between setting these goals and actually achieving them is in the details. The most effective way to set a goal AND achieve it is to follow the SMART approach:
Your goal must be specific rather than general in order to be effective. Setting large, vague goals will not motivate you to achieve them.
Measuring progress towards the achievement of the goal is essential. If a goal is not measurable it is not possible to know whether you are making progress towards completion. Measuring progress helps you stay on track, reach your target dates and continue putting in the effort required to reach the ultimate goal. Remember, what can be measured, can’t be managed.
It must be possible for you to achieve your goal. Setting unachievable, unattainable goals is pointless. You will be doomed from the outset. You yourself need to be capable of implementing your goal.
Your goal must be relevant to the resources and constraints available to you. Your goal should be challenging, but not so big or complex that you will lose the motivation to achieve it.
A goal must have a deadline. This will provide you with the necessary focus and sense of urgency to make it happen.
Take some time now to think about what benefits you would gain from goal setting and finally being able to achieve your New Year’s goals. It is a good idea to set a few action-oriented SMART goals and revisit them often. Not only will this give you a game plan, but it will keep motivation levels high as you start reaching them. The sum of achieving many small short term goals all add up to big changes in the long term!
Time to make this year your best year yet!
By Holly Louise #thefitpharmacist
Takeaway could well be the greatest thing ever invented and if wasn’t so bad for you, you’d probably get it every day right? WELL GUESS WHAT! According to this very article, takeaway food doesn’t have to be bad for you and that could be the greatest news ever not invented.
Here’s a list of the top 9 restaurants offering healthy takeaway options. Happy days.
Raw Energy, Coolangatta and Burleigh Heads
Located on the corner of Marine Parade in Coolangatta is Raw Energy, a healthy food and lifestyle café that started on the Sunshine Coast. Their focus is on fresh food, served fast in a funky environment. Raw Energy’s got you covered, offering anything from healthy smoothies or juices to macadamia and lentil burgers, YUMM!
Where: 110 Marine Pde, Coolangatta
If you haven’t been there yet, put this one on your ‘to do’ list! The Pocket in Burleigh’s Connor Street is an absolute favourite amongst locals and offers a great range of healthy take away options (with an extensive vegetarian/gluten free menu). The Pocket aims to be a conscientious restaurant serving locally sourced, wholesome food, often using produce grown by owners David and Michelle.
Where: 13 Connor St, Burleigh Heads
Marie Anita’s Gluten Free Health Cafe
Marie Anita’s offers a solely gluten free and sugar free menu designed to provide dairy free, vegetarian, vegan, and raw alternatives. With the aim to source from local suppliers and to use as much organic produce as possible, Marie Anita’s challenges the image of healthy eating.
Where: 2364 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach
Greenhouse Canteen & Bar
A personal favorite is Greenhouse Canteen & Bar, the holy grail of all healthy food. With the motto ‘anything you can do, we can do vegan’ they’re onto something, because they are busy every day of the week. But not to worry, they do take away, too! All produce are sourced from trusted suppliers and farmer’s markets – food is medicine and it should nourish the mind, body and soul. Amen!
Where: 1916 Gold Coast Hwy, Miami and 1/140 Griffith Street, Coolangatta
BSKT Cafe (Biscuit) was founded with the belief that people care about their health. They just needed the right place to deliver these health options in an indulgent and accessible manner.
All products are designed to inspire through nutritional quality, taste and a global conscious. Made from high quality plants and free from refined sugar and anything artificial. All products are hand crafted with love using traditional methods busting the myth Vegan and Paleo products can’t be delicious as well as nutritious.
Where: 4 Lavarack Rd, Mermaid Beach
The Shack Superfood Cafe
The name says it all, the Shack Superfood Café in Nobby’s is a health freaks paradise with real and fresh food that tastes great and is nutritious! On offer is quinoa, acai, smoothies and juices, breakfast, takeaway lunch and dinner boxes, plus tea and coffee. If you are looking for a hassle free, convenient and easy takeaway option look no further and go give the team at the Shack a visit.
Where: 2221 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach
Cardamom Pod in Broadbeach is a vegetarian and plant-based restaurant inspired by the art of creative and tasty cuisine. With an extensive salad bar and delicious hot meal options such as curries or lasagne, Cardamom Pod is the perfect place to get some tasty and healthy takeaway, and word on the street is there are opening one in Brickworks! But be warned, their desserts are out of this world, especially the raw peanut butter cups.
Where: 2685 Gold Coast Hwy, Broadbeach
Govindas is without a doubt one of the most popular vegetarian, eco-friendly take-away restaurants on the Gold Coast. They offer a variety of pure vegetarian foods (vegan and gluten free options available) including vegetable dishes, basmati rice, dhal, potato bake, samosas and a variety of salads, desserts and drinks. Veggies are sourced locally and all dishes are prepared daily using the freshest produce. The buffet style approach lets customer create their own meal at reasonable prices. YUM.
Where: James St, Burleigh Heads
Giri Kana Cafe
The Giri Kana Cafe is a fresh take on vegan and vegetarian food, with a wide selection of freshly made vegan / vegetarian items (many organic and gluten free options also), including an extensive dessert menu. Their emphasis is on fresh and wholesome foods, which are good for the body, as well as the mind and spirit – and to this end, food is cooked with love and devotion. Try one of their signature tofu or vegie burgers served on turkish bread or as a gluten free option the Open Burger on rice. All so good!
Where: Cnr of Nind St and Gold Coast Highway, Southport
Words by Kirra Smith