No Gym, No Problem – Hit Your Summer Body Goals Without Hitting the Gym
It happens the same way every year. Seemingly out of nowhere, it starts getting light earlier and dark later, the days start getting hotter, the evenings aren’t quite as cool, and then suddenly it’s summer. You haven’t even signed up at the gym yet, never mind a workout, and now you have to go to the beach. Sound familiar?
Before you rush off to get a new membership, consider the alternative – using the city as your gym! You’ll save money, and chances are you’ll discover a whole new side of the city.
The easiest way to exercise in the Mother City – and almost any city for that matter – is running. But, it’s not what you’d call the most alluring option until you frame it differently. Don’t think of running as exercise, think of it as discovery. Cape Town is covered in roads and routes that hug the coast, weave around mountains, cross colourful neighbourhoods, and so much more. The Promenade is a great place to start, and you can begin with a distance you’re comfortable with and extend it from there. The best part is that once you’re getting fit and into it, you can run all the to Camps Bay, and even further if you’re up for it, without ever having to cross a single road!
If running’s not quite your thing, but you still want to work up a decent sweat, look no further than the city’s most famous attraction – Table Mountain. Hiking is an excellent workout, and at the end, you’re rewarded not only with a sense of accomplishment but breath-taking views! Lion’s Head is the perfect place to ease into it; you don’t even have to complete it in the beginning if you don’t want to. It’s got an amazing perimeter route which is relatively flat but will still get your blood pumping. As you get more comfortable with climbing a whole new world will unfold in front of you that extends all along the peninsula!
So far it’s only really been about cardio, so what if you need to tone those newly uncovered muscles? Sea Point’s open-air gym! Located on the prime real estate on The Promenade, the open-air gym offers a variety of workout equipment that only uses body weight to get you in top shape. But, if you’re not quite ready to flex with the best as passers-by sneak a peek, head to the Green Point Urban Park. It has similar facilities and not nearly as much foot traffic, although you might have to contend with some plucky 6-year olds.
Whether it’s running, hiking, or good old-fashioned callisthenics, the city’s got you covered, and your only expense is sweat and time – seems like a pretty good deal to us!
Till next time,
The Point Team x
Our guide to the best beaches in Cape Town!
Calling all sun, sand and sea lovers…
If you’re in the market for a new beach to hang out at or visiting for the holidays and not sure where to go, be sure to check out our favourite spots in and around Cape Town.
1. DALEBROOK | KALK BAY
Dalebrook is still somewhat of a hidden gem, even amongst locals. Those that have discovered it are reluctant to share their findings and it isn’t hard to see why. This tidal pool just off Kalk Bay Main Road, opposite Dalebrook Road, isn’t technically a beach but deserves a mention for providing a safe, yet fun swimming experience for the whole family.
2. SMITSWINKEL | CAPE POINT
If you prefer a secluded beach with a touch of magic (usually only found in great pirate novels), this one’s for you!
This secret bay can only be reached by hiking 15-20 minutes down the trail from the surrounding cliffs – or by boat. These calm, clear waters are great for snorkelling as the remains of several ships that were scuttled in the bay, create an artificial coral reef where numerous underwater creatures have made their home. You can find it next to the Cape Point Nature Reserve with signs marking the trail.
3. SUNSET BEACH | MILNERTON
This romantic beach is perfect for long walks and absorbing Cape Town’s beautiful sunsets.
Melkbos and Blouberg’s lesser-known cousin, Sunset beach, is a quiet beach rated as the third-best windsurfing spot in the world, after Hawaii and New Zealand. Be sure to find it on the Blouberg strip.
4. BIKINI BEACH | GORDON’S BAY
This is a hangout for the young at heart and is popular amongst the students for its laid-back beach lifestyle. Great for surfers who enjoy the fact that the slope on this section of Gordon’s Bay drops down suddenly and sharp.
If you are looking for a thrill and a good tan, this is your best bet!
6. CLIFTON BEACH | CLIFTON
Being amongst the most beautiful four mini beaches in the world it’s no wonder these little gems, nestled under the mountain are a popular set of beaches amongst locals. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years.
So, if you are looking for a day out, a great beach and an ‘insta-worthy” location, you can consider your boxes ticked!
7. BOULDERS BEACH | SIMON’S TOWN
The perfect location for the little ones this summer, Boulders Beach boasts with a penguin colony, quiet beaches and secluded coves. Pack a picnic and plan to stay a while as this is sure to be one of their holiday highlights.
Check out the great walking trail with your busybodies and cool off in the slightly warmer waters.
8. MUIZENBERG BEACH | MUIZENBERG
Its colourful Victorian bathing boxes have been a hotspot for adverts over the decades but what about the beach?
It’s also a Blue Flag Beach; which means it gets top marks for safety, recreational facilities and eco-consciousness. That ticks every parent’s box and makes it a mecca for the little ones.
With surfing lessons, and food readily available this is the perfect all-day beach. If the beach is too busy or the waves are too strong pop over to the putt-putt course and water slides and let the fun continue!
9. BAKHOVEN BEACH | BAKHOVEN
As the name suggests it’s an intimate sun baking oven perfect for those looking to tan in peace.
The sheltered beach has kelp forests and rock pools to keep little fishermen busy! The large boulders are ideal for tanning and blue waters idyllic to cool off in. Bring your own cool-bag and sunscreen and share the Cape sun and skies with a view of her mountains from this bayside gem.
10. MELKBOS | MELKBOSSTRAND
Popular with locals for water sports, Melkbos is perfect for wind and kite surfing when wearing a wetsuit.
If you are less of a thrill seeker take a long leisurely stroll along the stretch of beach. This special spot is also home to the NSRI’s Station 18.
We are so spoilt for choice with all our beautiful beaches. Please remember to respect them and keep them clean!
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