5 ways to get fit for free in Cape Town

There’s no need to spend money on joining a gym when you’re living in or visiting Cape Town – the city is home to more free fitness facilities, places, groups and classes than you can count! We name five of the best.

If you’ve stayed in Cape Town more than a few days, you’ll soon realise a steady line-up of world-class cuisine and bottomless wine tours can tickle the taste buds but tack-on some unwanted kilos. Lucky for you, there are many ways to get fit for little more than the cost of transportation to some of the city’s most breathtaking destinations.

1. Free Summer Fitness Classes at V&A Waterfront

The V&A Waterfront, Africa’s most popular tourist destination, has teamed up with Virgin Active, Adventure Boot Camp and Kranking Fitness Studio to offer free exercise classes until Saturday, 30 April 2016. Just enough time left to shake off those Easter extras…

2. Lion’s Head Sunset Hike

If waking up early to exercise isn’t for you, lace up your shoes and hike Lion’s Head at sunset when the full moon displays its glory. The one- to two-hour hike is a local favourite and not too difficult. You’ll be in good company if you also pack a (healthy) picnic and lots of water. Just remember your safety: hike in groups, wear proper footwear, bring a torch for the dark way down and layers in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.

3. Running Clubs & Free Outdoor Gyms

There are plenty of student, intern and adult running clubs to join in any area of Cape Town, many operating from popular fitness hubs such as the 2.5-km Rondebosch Common jogging loop, Newlands Forest Contour Path or the fitness circuit at Green Point Park. And don’t forget the almost 50 free outdoor gyms rolled out by the folks from the City of Cape Town’s Parks Department. There’s one in Sea Point, another in Muizenberg and lots more in-between. Let your fingers do the Googling to find your closest outdoor gym.

4. Stroll the Sea Point Promenade

Sea Point Promenade is free and open to the public all year round. The best part? It’s accessible to everyone, from body builders to baby-toting mothers to senior citizens – and you can finish off your workout with an (inexpensive) swim at the Sea Point outdoor pool.

5. Gardens Skate Park

If you’ve got a skateboard or longboard and want to practice your tricks without worrying about fist-shaking neighbours, head to Cape Town’s skate park in Gardens (next to the MyCiti bus station under the Mill Street Bridge). It’s free and open to novice and experienced skaters during daylight hours.