8 creative places in Durban to get fit while having fun

8 creative places in Durban to get fit while having fun

From bike riding along the Golden Mile to building leg muscle while ice-skating, you can burn calories while exploring your city.

Riding a bicycle / Pexels
Riding a bicycle / Pexels

Are you tired of dull gym workouts or jogs around the same neighbourhood every day of the week?  Then keep reading to find out how you can make exercising enjoyable. 

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We have put together a list of eight places you can visit in and around Durban for an exciting workout.

The Bike & Bean

Kick-start your morning with a bike ride along Durban’s famous Golden Mile. Cycling is good for legs, butt, and stomach. If you don’t own a bike you can hire one at Bike & Bean café on Snell Parade. After working up a sweat, you can head back to the café for a healthy breakfast and a cup of coffee – all while enjoying amazing seaside views. 

Durban Ice Arena 

Ice-skating is a great way to stay active while having fun.  Think of it as a cardio workout on ice. Depending on your weight, you can burn up to 250-calories by ice-skating for just 30-minutes. It can also help build leg muscle and improve your balance. Visit the Durban Ice Arena for a fun-filled “workout”.

Learn 2 Surf 

If you are looking for a fun alternative to your weekend walk or run, then why not learn to surf. You will have so much fun in the water you won’t even realise you are burning off calories. One of the best places for surf lessons is Learn 2 Surf in Durban. It’s open daily and offers lessons to children as young as four, which means the whole family can work up a sweat. 

Umgeni Mangrove Trail

Tired of your daily walk around the block in your neighbourhood? You need a change of scenery. Umgeni Mangrove Trail offers great hiking and nature trails. You will feel at one with natural while you explore the mangroves and boardwalk. You are likely to spot several beautiful birds, including Fish eagles and Kingfishers, during a guided nature trail. You will learn about the area’s rich history while enjoying the perfect morning stroll. 

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Grab your bike or put on your training shoes and head over to Moses Mabhida Stadium for a fun workout session. You can jog along the stadium or bike around the children’s playground at People's Park & Café while keeping a close eye on your little ones. 

Giba Gorge

Giba Gorge’s mountain bike and adventure park is perfect for those who want a serious workout.  You can run or bike along one of several trails, which range from easy to expert. 

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve

Krantzkloof Nature Reserve is considered one of the best places to hike in KwaZulu-Natal. Whether you are a beginner or frequent hiker, you will find a trail to suit your workout needs. Many people have been known to hike for hours at a time, with some spending an entire day exploring the lush vegetation. There are picnic spots along the way where you can stop to enjoy a pre-packed bite to eat while enjoying perfect tranquillity.

Gary’s Horses

It might seem like it, but you can burn plenty of calories while horse-riding – even if your horse is simply walking. Of course, this is Durban and horse-riding involves a beautiful trot along the beach. Gary’s Horses offers beach rides with some of his well-behaved horses for the inexperienced and experienced rider.

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