Wherever you live, these fun fitness activities promise to keep the winter blues at bay.
As the mercury drops, it can be difficult to muster up the motivation to exercise. If you’re struggling to fight the urge to hibernate this June, don’t worry: across Australia, exercise opportunities exist for all ages and fitness levels to keep you fit and healthy all month.
Get ready to dust off your walking or running shoes – entries in the popular City-Bay Fun Run open at the end of the month. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, 19 September, and offers two courses: the traditional 11.5km route from the Festival Theatre in King William St to Moseley Square at Glenelg, and a 6kmroute for those who prefer a shorter option. Free training workshops for participants will beheld at multiple locations across Adelaide throughout July, August and September.
From Tai Chi to Bollywood dancing, it’s happening in your local park. Brisbane City Council’s Active Parks program stages free and inexpensive fitness activities in more than 50 parks every week. Whether you’re six or 60, there’s activities to suit all ages and fitness levels, including yoga, boxing, circus classes and fencing. Bike rides and canoe trips are also regular events, so you can explore your city while exercising. Booking isn’t necessary for most activities – simply turn up and join in.
Click on www.brisbane.qld.gov.au (under Recreation and then Active Parks) to find out what’s on at your local park.
Walking is an easy way to keep active, and walking groups have the added benefit of making new friends to keep you motivated. The Heart Foundation operates walking groups around Australia, including more than 20 in the ACT. And don’t be shy, most participants are beginners! Regular walkers receive certificates and other incentives for ongoing participation – even more reason to give it a go.
Feel the beat in the Top End from 18–20 June, when the 6th annual Darwin Latin Dance Festival kicks up its heels. Watch performances by international Latin dance stars, or take part in dance classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced dancers. Try your hand at Salsa, Rueda-de-Casino, Zouk-Lambada, Cha-Cha, Bachata,
The Hobart Aquatic Centre has invented its own sport: water basketball! This non-contact sport involves two teams of six players, passing the ball down the pool to a basketball-style hoop. Join up as a full team of six, or as an individual player and join an existing team. Games are held most Thursday nights from 6.30pm and seasons typically run to school terms. All equipment, including flippers and swimming caps, is provided.
Keep fit, and support a great cause, by joining 5,000 other runners tackling the MS Walk and Fun Run on 6 June. Choose the 5km or 10km course, which loops around Albert Park Lake and boasts stunning views of the Melbourne skyline. Both courses are wheelchair and stroller friendly. The event will also be held in Sydney (also on 6 June), with 8km and 16km courses, starting in Hyde Park and taking in the Sydney Harbour foreshore. The events aim to raise at least $750,000 for people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
Get your heart racing, and your muscles working this winter. Booty Camp is military ’boot camp’ style fitness classes just for women. The small group training will help motivate you, while the fast and focused results of working with a personal trainer will do wonders for your fitness. Classes are held on beaches and in parks and include running, resistance training, skipping, core strength and boxing. Booty Camp classes are also available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide.
If you’re not interested in completing the MS Walk and Fun Run (see Melbourne), jump online and check out the many free walking tracks you’ll find around Sydney. Get a group together and create a schedule of walks to do each week for a new sightseeing experience every weekend, without the discomfort of the summer heat. There’s plenty of walks to choose from, all across Sydney – head to the northern beaches, check out the southern shire area or make like a tourist and explore the harbour foreshore.