exercising in winterWinter on the Gold Coast is a great time to get out and experience the beautiful outdoors.

Cooler temperatures and clear days in winter make for great hiking conditions here on the Coast.

Here are 3 quick tips before heading out on your first hike this winter:

1.     Wear comfortable shoes- don’t decide to go out for an 10km walk in your brand new shoes that you haven’t worn in yet (you will be seriously regretting this decision later once blisters start to develop!). Wear shoes that have good support and that you are familiar with.

2.     Warm up for a couple of minutes with some stretches- whether it’s a cruisy 3km walk along Burleigh beach or a 20km day hike in the hinterland, make sure you take a few minutes to stretch prior to starting. Calves, hamstrings and quads are the main muscles to focus on.

3.     Hydration is crucial- our perception of thirst is different during winter than summer due to the cooler temperatures. We typically don’t feel as thirsty and we don’t feel like we are sweating as much. But this doesn’t mean our body doesn’t need the water. Hydration is just as important in winter as it is in summer so make sure you pack a water bottle with you (and drink it!) on every hike this winter.


Looking for some hiking trail ideas? Check out Urban Lists’ suggestion of 5 epic hikes near the Gold Coast