One of the best things about winter is cosying up indoors, preferably by the fire with a glass of red wine in hand, and enjoying the slower pace of life during hibernation season. But all that lounging and stillness isn’t exactly beneficial to your fitness—or health. It’s important to stay active in winter for both your physical and mental wellbeing.
Exercise can help strengthen the immune system and reduce your risk of getting a cold, flu or other illnesses that are rife in winter. It can also help boost your mood, which may be at a low as a result of the cold and gloomier weather.
The good thing about living in Queensland is the winters are milder, the sun still shines bright, and the outdoors continue to entice you to get out and about! Especially in the Gold Coast Hinterland, where our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 308 is located.
Staying active in winter isn’t just easy, it’s a joy, on the Gold Coast.
When the weather outside is cold, it’s all too easy to talk yourself out of a workout and settle in for a night at home instead. A home gym can help as it’s never more than a few steps away so there’s no excuse! This prize home comes with its own dedicated gym space, along with an on-trend Pilates reformer and a Finnish sauna. Reformer Pilates is a great fitness option for all abilities and body types as it helps improve your overall physical fitness, including your strength, flexibility and balance. A dry sauna like a Finnish sauna also has benefits for your physical health. In addition to being relaxing, it may help protect against respiratory infections, alleviate pain, and ward off illness.
Surrounded by the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland is a great motivator to stay active in winter. The good thing about Queensland is the weather is never too cold, it’s often still sunny, and Mother Nature is always all too happy to present you with a beautiful backdrop for your exercise session. Long hikes like the 54km-long Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk that goes through the World Heritage-listed Springbrook and Lamington National Parks can be hard to handle during the hotter months but in the cooler months it’s the perfect way to stay active outdoors.
It would be a waste not to put your brand new tennis court to good use over winter. The perfect all-season sport, you’ll be able to play for longer in winter thanks to the more bearable temperatures. Plus, as a sport that requires someone else to play, you’re less likely to bail on your exercise commitment! Tennis is a great sport for cardio and agility, and it can be enjoyed even if you’re still working on fine tuning your skills.
There’s no shortage of things to do on the Gold Coast, even in winter. Get to know your new neighbourhood and the allure of Gold Coast’s active lifestyle while also getting your fitness hit with hikes, surfing sessions, bike rides, or leisurely beach walks. You’ll also find a handful of competitive events during winter on the Gold Coast that will push you to maintain your fitness, like the Scenic Rim Ultra Marathon, or the Dreamworld Fun Run, which the whole family to participate in together.
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