Fitness is all about improving your health and wellbeing, as well as increasing your physical abilities. With the weather starting to warm up and endless outdoor exercise opportunities on our doorstep in the City of Lake Macquarie, there is no better time to work on your fitness.

Outdoor fitness trails – Lake Macquarie has three outdoor fitness trails along the lake’s edge at Warners Bay, Speers Point and Wangi Wangi. Each trail features a range of fitness equipment, including parallel bars, sit-up benches, leg presses and more, to challenge you and gradually build up your fitness.

Hit the pavement on our shared pathways – Lake Macquarie has an extensive and expanding network of off-road shared pathways providing opportunities for recreational cycling, jogging and walking. The Fernleigh Track, Booragul to Belmont, Toronto to Fassifern and Pelican to Swansea shared pathways are just a few connecting you with our stunning natural landscape, as well as cafes, shopping areas, public reserves and more.

Kayak the lake – There is no better way to experience Lake Macquarie than on the lake itself. With a diverse range of waterways waiting to be discovered, exploring by canoe or kayak is a great way to get active on the lake. Canoeing and kayaking are low-impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. Download our kayaking trails guide to find a course to suit your ability.

Beach run – Build up your calf muscles as you run along the sand at one of our pristine beaches. Take in the serene views at Blacksmiths, Catherine Hill Bay, Caves or Redhead Beach while increasing your cardio fitness.

Participate in a running event – Sign up to participate in this year’s Lake Mac Running Festival on Sunday, August 26, and run or walk from Warners Bay to Speers Point. You can participate in the full marathon, half marathon or a 10.5km fun run. If you are trying to get the kids active, there is a 4km kids scamper as well. To register, visit lakemacrunning.com.

If you are just starting out, build up your cardio fitness by taking part in a parkrun event at Belmont or Booragul each Saturday morning. These 5km events occur all around the world, so you can participate regardless of where you live.