Get Fit with the Seacliff Zig-Zag
Now that spring has firmly arrived it’s the perfect time to venture outdoors and enjoy some sunshine. With daylight saving we can soak up extra vitamin D and get fit at the same time.
Earlier this year a friend shared her secret ‘get fit tip’ with me. She was soon to go overseas and wanted to increase her fitness. Travelling to Italy, my friend wanted to be able to enjoy climbing the winding, hilly roads without tiring.
My friend’s ‘secret’ is the Zig-Zag Ramp which climbs from the base of one of Adelaide’s most beautiful beaches up a steep hill. It is so named because of the ramp’s zig-zag formation. I bravely started regular ramp sessions during winter. Even on cold days I loved it – the combination of walking along the beach and climbing the ramp is both relaxing and invigorating.
Walking the ramp is a terrific workout for your legs and really gets your heart pumping. From the top of the ramp you enjoy incredible views of the beach and South Australian coastline – there is even a bench seat if you need a rest!
A great place to start your walk is at the car park on the esplanade, opposite the Seacliff Beach Hotel. Warming up on the boardwalk is a terrific energiser and I love to walk along the sand dunes, inhaling the sea air.
The boardwalk was a new addition to Seacliff Beach several years ago and has given this area a new lease of life. It’s easy to see how popular it is with the locals who walk on the beach in all kinds of weather.
After briskly walking along the beach it’s time to climb the Seacliff Zig-Zag Ramp as few or as many times as you like. A landmark to find the entrance to the ramp is sculptor Jayd Van Der Meer’s huge ‘Peace of Mind’ symbol on the beach, adjacent to the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club car park. Serious fitness folks like to run up and down the Zig-Zag Ramp.
Seacliff has a great beach vibe and it’s always an interesting walk past homes with expressive features such as this seahorse doorway.
Some secrets are too good not to share and I trust you enjoy this one as much as I do. One last tip – if you’re in need of caffeine after your exercise session, a decent coffee can be enjoyed at Cafe Olive next to the Seacliff Hotel.
Where: Seacliff Zig-Zag Ramp’s base is adjacent to the Seacliff Surf Life Saving Club car park, 248 Esplanade, Seacliff SA 5049. The top of the Zig-Zag Ramp is at 66 Marine Parade, Seacliff SA 5049.