7 tips to get you from the couch to Round the Bays

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Every year over 30,000 legends line up in Auckland city and run or walk all the way to St Heliers, hugging the beautiful coastline all the way.

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Every year over 30,000 legends line up in Auckland city and run or walk all the way to St Heliers, hugging the beautiful coastline all the way.

 It’s almost summer and Round the Bays is just around the corner… If you needed a sign to get outside, feel the sun on your face and get active, this is it.

Round the Bays is being held on Sunday 5th March 2023. New Zealand’s largest fun run (or walk) is more than an 8.4km jog – it’s a way to get together with your friends, whānau and colleagues and make lasting memories. The best part? It’s perfect for all fitness levels, ages, shapes and sizes – from hardcore atheletes to recently reformed couch potatoes.

To help you get up and get going, we’ve put together seven simple tips to conquer Round the Bays, no matter what stage you’re at.

Get your crew together and lock in your spot on New Zealand's largest fun run today.

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Get your crew together and lock in your spot on New Zealand’s largest fun run today.

1. Make a plan (don’t plan to fail)

If you fancy getting active before summer and building up your fitness for Round the Bays make a plan now and stick to it. Set times and dates for regular weekly exercise and pop them in your calendar or phone so you get frequent reminders.

Get your shoes and clothes out the night before – or that morning if you’re getting active when you get home. The easier you make it for yourself the more likely you’ll exercise.

2. Consistency is key

You don’t need to go from the couch to breaking land speed records right away. Just take it easy on yourself and get active as often as you can.

Consistency is extremely powerful – take small actions frequently and over the time you’ll see big results. After just a few months of getting active 3-5 times a week you’ll be surprised at how different you feel when it comes time to do Round the Bays. Plus, the longer you exercise, the better it feels.

If you needed a sign to get outside, feel the sun on your face and get active, this is it!

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If you needed a sign to get outside, feel the sun on your face and get active, this is it!

3. Pass the point of no return and book your entry!

Once you’ve entered there’s no going back! You’ll have a date and a goal to work toward and you’ll be more motivated than ever to get out there and get active.

So get your crew together and lock in your spot on New Zealand’s largest fun run today.

4. Crank up the tunes and make it fun

Exercise can be hard work but it’s way easier if you make it fun. Spend a little time lining up your playlist of the most motivating bangers you can find and treat yourself to a new pair of headphones if you need to. Don’t like getting active alone? Message your friends and line up regular walks, runs, social sports or work out days (followed by a couple treats if that helps!)

Attend your local fun runs, touch tourneys and try walking to neighbourhood pubs and restaurants when you go out on the weekend instead of driving. Working long hours? Take the office chat outside and connect with your colleagues over a little exercise.

Take the office chat outside and connect with your colleagues over a little exercise.

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Take the office chat outside and connect with your colleagues over a little exercise.

5. Be kind to yourself

Training hard is good for you but it’s important to take care of yourself and know your limits. Make sure you’re drinking enough water, eating good, healthy food and getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night. If you’re into it, it’s ok to feel the pain during a hard workout, but be careful not to go overboard.

Start with smaller, shorter sessions if you haven’t exercised in a while and remember – life is all about balance.

6. Try a bit of everything

Whoever said variety is the spice of life must have been training for Round the Bays! It’s a great idea to try out different forms of exercise – so get stuck into some pilates, yoga, swimming, cycling, surfing, football, or whatever else rings your bells.

These activities are great ways to keep your training interesting and break up your runs and/or walks. Plus they’re a great excuse to spend time with friends and whānau and meet new people.

Book your entry now so you've got a reason to get active this summer.

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Book your entry now so you’ve got a reason to get active this summer.

7. Rest days are everything

Even the most hardcore athletes have rest days, so don’t skip them! Take two a week and when they come around live them up large – sleep ins, naps and Netflix binges are encouraged. You deserve it.

Grab your spot on NZ’s largest fun run

Round the Bays is New Zealand’s largest fun run, and we’d argue, the most beautiful. Every year over 30,000 legends line up in Auckland city and run or walk all the way to St Heliers, hugging the beautiful coastline all the way. Even if you’re not in Auckland you can participate virtually from anywhere in the world with the new Round the Bays app.

Get your crew organised and book your entry now so you’ve got a reason to get active this summer! Book before 30th of November and save on your entry with early-bird pricing.