It’s fast approaching Winter in Cape Town and I’m feeling inspired to point out that even though we spend so much time outdoors in Summer, that there are loads of indoor activities to keep us entertained, happy and fit during the wet and cold Cape Town Winter.
The first thing I noticed when I moved to Cape Town from Johannesburg was that there are so many people outside! People walking their dogs, taking the baby out in the stroller, going for a run or a cycle. There’s even an outdoor gym next to the ocean! If its outdoors, Cape Townians are generally happy. This effect rubs off on visitors too – in order to combine keeping fit with sightseeing, a cycle through the winelands is just the right combination!
But that’s for when the sun is out inspiring people to soak up some vitamin D. When the rain comes, the usually bustling promenade becomes a lot quieter as the activities are moved indoors to a warmer, drier more cozy environment. But make no mistake, just because its Winter and people seem to be hibernating doesn’t mean nobodies exercising. There are all sorts of interesting ways to keep fit and dry at the same time.
All information listed below is taken from the companies websites. Links to the websites have been included.
“The Armoury stimulates physically and mentally and challenges perceptions. The place has a striking aesthetic, is colourful and welcoming. You won’t find macho posturing but rather an easy comradeship born of shared experience. Anja, a journalist, thanked the Armoury team after her first Fight Night “for setting me out on such a beautiful adventure”. Boxing as a ‘beautiful adventure’ – bet you never thought of it like that!”
“Indoor Climbing is a sport that builds fitness, strength, confidence, flexibility and balance. Indoor climbing can be compared to a combination of yoga and weightlifting, and offers a fully body workout.”
A great way to strengthen your whole body and by the time Summer comes around again, you’ll be looking and feeling so good that you might consider adding Pilates to your Summer training program full time.
“Bikram is the original hot yoga! it was designed by colourful yoga guru bikram choudhury. essentially an unchanging sequence of 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises, bikram is traditionally practiced in a room heated to up to 40°c and was designed as a rejuvenating exercise to strengthen the entire body from head to toe.”
“Aqua Fitness classes make getting and staying in shape fun, with our selection of programmes for all levels of ability even if you are not a swimmer! The waters buoyancy provides a natural resistance in all directions making exercising easier and with less impact to joints than on land surfaces. Plus whilst burning calories, you do not sweat!”
So there you have it – no excuses this Winter! Find an activity that works for you and stick with it! Your body will thank you when Summer comes around.