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Health and Wellbeing - March 2013

05 Mar 2013

5 ways to keep fit this year

Go for a bike ride: Cycling continues to increase in popularity due to its numerous advantageous including affordability, reduced climate impacts and accessibility. With the number of bike tracks in Melbourne growing, going for a bike ride is the ideal way to combine a social outing and exercise.

Arrange a weekly walk: Walking is a forgotten method of exercise that remains the easiest way to get involved in physical activity. A great way to incorporate a walk is after an early dinner, taking advantage of daylight saving.

Visit your local pool: With the hot summer weather sticking around, there is no better time to start swimming for exercise. Whether it’s lap swimming or just a family day out, the pool offers a refreshing break to any summer’s day.

Plan activity-filled days: A great way to combine physical activity and holiday fun is planning activities that incorporate an aspect of physical activity. One such example may be leaving the car at home and utilising public transport for the weekend and visiting the markets.

Get your neighbourhood and family involved: Is there a better way to exercise with your friends and family? By organising some social games of sport with friends, family or neighbours you are engaging in physical activity without even knowing it.

The Tan or Princes Park?

Melbourne is lucky enough to have not only one but two great running courses located conveniently within the CBD.

The Royal Botanic Gardens is home to the famous Tan Track which has become the home of sport and fitness within Melbourne.

The Tan Track is utilised by the general public as well as a large majority of the local professional sporting clubs. The Tan Track serves as a fantastic guide to your fitness by comparing and contrasting your running times over the years.

This track covers a distance of 3.8km and features the infamous Anderson Street hill and some steady inclines and declines along the way.

In contrast, the Princes Park track located in Carlton is quickly catching up to The Tan with the amount of activity in the area.

In comparison to the Tan, this track is relatively flat allowing runners to attack the course at full pace. Another major difference is the Princes Park track covers only 3.2km, making it a shorter distance, which has a strong appeal to many runners as well as professional sporting clubs.

So regardless of what track you like, Melbourne provides some great opportunities to be outdoors and to get active.

Docklands sports courts

Docklands is kicking off a new era with new spaces and places for everyone to enjoy with the construction of the Docklands sports courts.

This exciting community asset is nearing completion and anticipated to be available in early 2013 and will include a new public outdoor sports facility with a highly durable and flexible sports space with a focus on providing active sports opportunities in Docklands for everyone.  

This fantastic space can be used for informal recreation or adapted to a range of sports including basketball, netball and soccer.   A range of corporate lunchtime sports programs will be available for your business, a great team building activity for your office.

Active Melbourne City Sports is seeking expressions of interest from organisations for corporate lunchtime sports competitions including soccer, basketball and netball

Be one of the first involved. Simply contact Active Melbourne City Sports: (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 9604 8600 or post an enquiry on our website http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amcs

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