We all agree that nothing can replace the feel of the wind in your hair as you traverse Cape Town’s gorgeous landscapes while hiking, jogging, or cycling. Yet, that’s no reason to sink into the couch and let your fitness levels fly away.
Try some of these indoor workouts to keep you fighting fit and ready to take on the world in Cape Town at your next opportunity.
Exercises for Hikers and Runners
Cardio is king if you want to stay in tip-top shape for tackling both off- and on-road pursuits in the near future.
Experts suggest maintaining a program of high intensity training like hand release push ups, Russian twists, squat thrusts and Tabata workouts. If you don’t know what these are, try YouTube, there’s an online tutorial for everything nowadays.
At-home workouts are also a great opportunity to refine oft-neglected things like core strength.
Indoor Workouts for Climbers
If it seems like the only thing you’re climbing at the moment is the walls, take heart. Professional rock climbers recommend focussing on arms, abs, and cardio to help keep your fitness and strength where it should be.
Check out the USA climbing team’s YouTube stream for some creative new ideas on how to stay climbing fit using household items.
All these pros also recommend putting together a high-energy soundtrack to get the adrenaline flowing during your workouts, and it wouldn’t hurt to have an image of Table Mountain on your screen!
At Home Mountain Bike Training
Okay, so you may not be able to put a leg over your bike at all right now, unless you have a stationary version, but you can still keep your legs in pedalling form from home.
Squats and lunges are just what physical trainers order to keep your quads strong, especially if you can add some weights to the exercises.
Remember to keep your muscles supple with frequent stretching exercises too.
If you were getting in shape for a ski holiday abroad, you may be out of luck for a while, but remember, ‘winter is coming’ and Afri-ski is already blanketed in a snowy carpet.
You may be lucky enough to bag a local skiing extravaganza, so don’t give up on your training. Check out Rachel Pohl’s workout for skiers on the internet which specifically focuses on the leg and glute muscles you need to take on the slopes.
Stay Home, Stay Fit, Stay Local
Cape Town is a world-class playground for adventurers of every age. Start planning your next trip now – it just may give you the motivation to stick to your indoor workouts and make the most of the enjoyments you’ll find within our borders.
Keep reading our blog for inspiration on what to do and where to go in and around Cape Town on your next holiday.