Do you grimace at those people who smile, and talk, while effortlessly springing along, hair bouncing behind them and not a glimmer of sweat beading on their brow? Rather get inside your wheelie bin to give it a good scrubbing than go out for a run?

Well, we’ve got you covered. Here’s six sneaky tips to trick yourself into exercise.

1. ‘I’m Busting’ Sprints

Drink lots of water out of a standard-sized glass. Set a reminder on your phone for every half hour to scull another glass water and not only do you have to get up to refill your water glass but you have a side benefit of frequent trips to the loo. Clear kidneys and extra steps – winning!

Manneken Pis statue

2. Perth Shopping Centre Marathon

Go shopping (but leave the credit card at home. Or not.) Perth is home to some of Australia’s biggest shopping malls – monoliths that spread for kilometres (I’m looking at you Carousel, Karrinyup and Joondalup).  A brisk walk between all the stores could easily net you a couple of kms. Just don’t linger in the food court.

Inside a shopping centre

3. Get lost

Well, get lost in nature. Perth is the kickoff for over 100 walking trails, including beach, river and for the more adventurous the Bibbulman Track – one of the world’s longest distance walk trails at just shy of 1000 kms.

Unless you have a real issue with self-awareness, you’re obviously not going to trick yourself into walking 1000 kms, but you could easily forget you’re exercising when you’re watching the gorgeous people… er …. scenery go by and telling yourself you’re just going out for a coffee when you walk from Hillarys Marina to Yelo. Plus. Coffee.

Beach landscape

4. Pooch PBs

Adopt a dog. A naughty dog. Then take said naughty dog to a dog park, like Bayswater Gardens, Carine Open Space, or Leighton Beach, and let it off its lead. Outcome – you spend between 30 and 45 minutes doing HITT sprints and building lung capacity, while your dog gets an adventure.

Just be sure to choose a name you’re happy to yell out in public.  “Marshmallow” may seem cute when you’re standing in the pound, but you may appear to have some strange food-related vocal tic if you start yelling “MARSHmallow” persistently to an apparently empty space.

Puppy

5. Progressive Dinner

No, not 70’s-style piling into cars, drunk, and driving from house to house. And certainly none of that ‘keys in bowls’ business.

As food seems to be an inevitable part of socialising, why not plan a dinner on one of Perth’s food meccas like Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley; South Terrace in Freo or Albany Highway in Victoria Park.  Then, walk between restaurant to restaurant for each course, including separate restaurants for coffees.

Share things like dessert and appetizers to keep those cals down and lay off the booze. A drunken stumble on the pavement and/or a sore liver removes any benefit from exercising.

Food market

6. Fun Runs. (A magical mash up of running and funning)

Runners in fancy dress

And the very best way to trick yourself into exercising? Sign up for the HBF Run for a Reason.

Okay granted, we’re biased. But there really is something for everyone. A short 4 km course if you’re still dipping your toes into exercise waters, and a 12 km or 21 km challenge for those of you who got carried away smashing the Bibbulman Track and are thirsty for more pain…that is… fun!

With all the cool things happening on the day, not only will this be the most fun you’ve ever had breaking a sweat (oh yeah, we just went there) but you’ll want to do it all again, straightaway.  Totally promise.

Okay granted, we’re biased. But there really is something for everyone. A short 4 km course if you’re still dipping your toes into exercise waters, and a 12 km or 21 km challenge for those of you who got carried away smashing the Bibbulman Track and are thirsty for more pain…that is… fun!

With all the cool things happening on the day, not only will this be the most fun you’ve ever had breaking a sweat (oh yeah, we just went there) but you’ll want to do it all again, straightaway.  Totally promise.

  • Skip through a magical fairyland of thousands of bubbles at the Brooks Bubble Zone
  • Do the nightclub shuffle the whole way around or simply dance on the inside as you pass music and entertainers every few hundred metres
  • Bagels. Bacon and egg rolls. Massages and beanbags. All waiting for you in the Recovery Zone
  • You can rock your Finisher’s Medal all day on Sunday and feel like a total champ.