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Updated 30 September 2016

Working out in the concrete jungle

There may not be any beaches for running or mountains to climb, but Johannesburg still offers a great variety of exercise options to keep you fit.

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Big city living can be stressful, and one of the best ways to relieve this stress is through exercise. But if you’re not the big-gym type, what options are there in the concrete jungle for people who want to exercise?

With a lack of open spaces, living in a big city does have its drawbacks, but that doesn’t mean there’s no way to exercise outside a gym.

Try a few of these options and decide which one you enjoy the most – and make every weekend an active one.

Try these for size:

Bootcamps

There are many bootcamp offerings in Joburg. They usually run in four-week cycles, which means you’re not tied to a long-term contract if you decide it’s not for you. 

Check out Adventure Bootcamp, Urban Fitness or Bootcamp SA

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Outdoor gym

Working out has never been more accessible since the City Of Johannesburg erected free outdoor gyms across the city. Check out their website for a list of the outdoor gyms so that you can find the one closest to you.

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Outdoor yoga

Check out Yoga Works and find out where their next yoga session will be. Locations have varied from a building rooftop to local dams – and even some stand-up paddling on Emmarentia Dam.

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Jump around 

Release your inner child and head to BounceInc in Midrand or Pretoria, and spend a few hours jumping around on a dozen different trampolines inside a giant arena. 

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Indoor climbing

For a full-body workout for those not afraid of heights, CityRock Johannesburg offers 2 000 m² of high wall climbing with rope anchors, automatic belay walls, 500 m² of bouldering as well as a dedicated beginners’ climbing area to get you started.

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Join a club

Whether you’re into cycling or running, or even walking, there are numerous clubs you can join, along with like-minded people. It's not only a great motivation to keep going, but a good way to meet people with whom you share a common interest. You can also compete and share tips with them.

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Read more:

Exercises that bring out the best in your body shape

The perfect 15-minute no-gym workout

What 30 minutes of exercise can do for you

 
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