Top 4 Outdoor Workouts in Birkenhead
Birkenhead has many beautiful places for walks, runs and outdoor workouts.
Little Shoal Bay
Power walk or jog down to Little Shoal Bay, start at Le Roys Bush walkway its about 1.2 km to reach the bottom and cross the road to where you can enjoy a magnificent view of Auckland city.
Try adding a little circuit;
walking lunge x 20,
push ups x 20,
squats x 20.
All bodyweight, take some photos and head back and stop off for a well deserved coffee at Generosity Coffee (NZ gold Medalist)
This adventure will take around 45 minutes if you power walk it and less if you jog making it a nice little piece of exercise to start your Saturday morning!
Eskdale Road Run
Head on down to the trailhead into Eskdale Bush off Eskdale Road Easy to find on Google Maps), open up your preferred run app (Strava, Map my Run, for example) and get started!
Record your run and keep an eye on your average pace, overall time and distance. These are what we want to improve on or maintain.
After your first run set yourself a small and reachable goal to knock time off your average pace or overall time. A great mix of trail and footpath underfoot.
Birkenhead Wharf has a beautiful view of the Auckland Harbour bridge and a playground that is great for bodyweight exercises!
1 – Let’s go! Start with interval runs on the boat ramp – 5 x 50m sprints with 1 minute recovery. As
hard and fast as you can
2 – Playground chin ups – Use the bars to do 3 reps of 6-10 chin ups
3 – Bench step ups – use the benches to do nice big step ups, 3 reps of 12 -20 steps.
4 – Tricep Dips – use the same bench, place hands behind you on the bench and your legs shoulder
width apart in front of you. Dip your bum to the ground and push through 3 sets of 8-12
5 – Push ups – use the bench again or flat on the ground to do 3 x 8-12 push ups. Do these from your
knees or hands, placing your hands slightly wider than should width apart. Finish up with a plank
hold if you’re game!
Chelsea Sugar Heritage park
Head to the trail head near the water’s edge near Chelsea Sugar Works and Chelsea Sugar Heritage Park and grab an info sheet. Take a look at the map and decide on a power walk or run route. Open up your preferred run app (Strava, Map my Run, for
example) and get started! Record our run and keep an eye on your average pace, overall time and distance. These are what we want to improve on or maintain. After your first run set yourself a small
and reachable goal to knock time off your average pace or overall time. Finish up with some hill sprints if you have any gas left in the tank!