A local’s guide to…healthy Melbourne

Steph Prem at Combi cafe, Elwood. Photo by Kit Haselden

Steph Prem at Combi cafe, Elwood. Photo by Kit Haselden

As a former Winter Olympian, founder and director of Studio PP – Melbourne’s latest luxury health and fitness destination – Steph Prem knows a thing or two about staying fit and healthy. Here, she shares her tips on navigating a healthy weekend in Melbourne.

Saturday
7am: Takeaway smoothie or breaky at Combi cafe in Elwood.

8am: Weekend workout – either yoga, reformer pilates, barre, bootcamp or boxing at Studio PP in South Yarra.

10am: Juice date with a girlfriend at Green St. Juice Co in Prahran.

12pm: Hit the markets for fresh produce and gather some tasty, healthy picnic ingredients. I like to go to the Prahran Market or South Melbourne Market.

1pm: Picnic with husband and friends at the Royal Botanic Gardens with fresh platters and sandwiches and healthy treats from the market.

3pm: Walk the dog around the ‘Tan’ (the track around the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens).

6pm: Head north-side for a “healthy” vodka cocktail with the best view of Melbourne at Naked for Satan followed by dinner at Vegie Bar or Yong Green Food.

Sunday
9am:
Post sleep-in walk along Brighton beach (admiring the beach boxes) or along St Kilda beach and pier.

10am: Coffee or juice date at Schoolhouse cafe in Brighton – especially if the sun is out!

12pm: Healthy outing to the 1000 steps in the Dandenong Ranges followed by a packed lunch at the top with leftover market ingredients – or stop off at The Piggery for lunch instead. Alternatively, head down the coast to the Mornington Peninsula for a surf or a paddle board and enjoy lunch with leftover market ingredients – or restock up on fresh produce at Mornington Peninsula’s farm gates.

6pm onwards: Early dinner at Mr Myagi or Tokyo Tina on Chapel Street.

Follow Steph Prem at @premiumperformance @stephieprem

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