I’m not sure about everyone else, but when it gets to the festive season all my exercise motivation goes out the window. It’s the end of the year, we’re tired, the temperatures are too high, our routines are all out of whack, and besides, end of year means taking it easy. This ultimately leads to a general lack of gym attendance. To combat this, we’ve come up with a list of best ways to stay active during the holidays. The aim is to make it enjoyable enough that it doesn’t even feel like a workout. So here is our list of fun ways to stay active.


There’s something about an obstacle course set high in the trees that really gets the adrenaline going. As someone with a pretty decent fear of heights, this wouldn’t have been my first choice before actually attempting it. Now, however, it’s a completely different story. Not only does Acrobranch keep you active for a solid period of time, but it also tests your balance and upper body strength. The best part, though, is that it’s so much fun you don’t even notice the exercise. If ever there was a great holiday workout, it would be this. Check it out at acrobranch.co.za.


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Sea-side walk

As a redhead, I’m not as keen to hit the beach as most people, but I have to say this has got to be one of the best ways to get in those extra steps. As an added bonus, walking along the soft sand or wading through the icy water is not only refreshing, but also adds a measure of resistance that gets your muscles working. Even better, grab your pup and take a jog along the shoreline. You’ll get even more woofie kisses for it!


Is there a better way to take advantage of Cape Town’s amazing landscape than by hiking? Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak, Jonkershoek, and let’s not forget Table Mountain itself. There are so many options and trails to choose from and any fitness level will be able to join. Make sure you’ve got enough sunscreen, and stay safe by making it a social activity. Head out for a sunrise hike, that way you’re up before the sun hits its peak and makes the day uncomfortably warm. You’ll be surprised at how many steps you end up taking.


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Take a lap

In the pool, that is. Swimming is a fantastic and effective cardiovascular exercise so whether it’s taking a quick dip after work to stave off the heat of the day, or a leisurely swim over the weekend, immersing yourself in water is a great way to stay cool and get a bit of a workout.


This doesn’t necessarily mean cycling to work and back. It could be tagging along with some mates to explore the scenic trails that you haven’t experienced outside of a car before. If you want to try something a little more extreme, there’s always mountain biking. Apart from Meerendal in Durbanville, which has a well-renowned and much-used mountain bike trail, there’s also Tokai in the Souther Suburbs, Delvera Wine Estate and Boschendal in Stellenbosch, and various other hiking trails that encourage mountain bikes. If that’s a little too risky for you, how about a bike ride along the promenade in Cape Town, or hitting one of the many cycle routes that our country has to offer.


Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of this before. In essence, geocaching is technological treasure hunting. You log onto geocaching.com and receive the coordinates of caches – little boxes or items – that people have hidden all over the world. You can then go hunting for them in your area using a GPS or smartphone. This is great because the caches are all over the place, from the city centre to hiking trails; there’s even a cache on Table Mountain known as The Easiest Cache. It’s a great way to get kids involved on an adventure that not only keeps you busy, but active as well.


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There you have our list of best holiday workouts., the best ways to catch a sweat without even feeling it.
What’s yours? Let us know in the comments.


Just a girl, wishing she were a cat. You can find this peanut-butter enthusiast curled up in a sunny corner with a good book and a glass of wine.

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