All of us have a self-benefiting reason to stay active and healthy throughout the year. It can be trying in the world's most liveable city where top dining and entertainment choices abound. The pounds also increase and fitness and Vitamin D levels wane especially over the winter season when the chills keep many of us indoors.
As a counter balance, there are many healthy lifestyle options available such as fitness classes in the city, Tai Chi sessions in Docklands, meditation in Federation Square, Zumba at Boyd Community Hub and walks around Southbank. Even if you can't get into the city to enjoy these health and fitness activities, there are several FREE options around the Melbourne suburbs that offer a mix of outdoor and indoor programs. Here is a quick overview of what's available to keep you on your feet.
Fitzroy Free Indoor Group Fitness
Photo courtesy of Fitzroy Victoria Bowling & Sports Club
Fitzroy Bowls and Sports Club is more than just one of Melbourne's favourite lawn bowls venues and unofficial home of barefoot bowls. It also hosts a weekly FREE group fitness program that brings the community together for a healthy lifestyle routine. Held every Thursday, it offers a full body workout that is suitable for all ages and level of fitness. The exercises are conducted in the upstairs room of the Club. You can also purchase a post-workout smoothie and energising beverage for $5.
Dates: now till 23 February 2017 Timing: 6.30pm - 7.30pm every Thursday Venue: Fitzroy Bowls and Sports Club Address: 578 Brunswick St, Fitzroy North, Victoria 3068
Centro Mornington Shopping Centre offers a weekly social walking group that is supported by the Mornington Peninsula Shire. You can walk at your own pace in a safe indoor walking environment with exercise stations every Thursday. The sessions are elderly friendly.
Dates: now till 30 March 2017
Timing: 7.45am - 8.45am every Thursday
Venue: Centro Mornington
Address: 78 Barkly St, Mornington, Victoria 3931
Phone: (03) 59761299
Join a community group of like-minded adults for a free morning workout every Thursday in Caulfield Park. The park offers large open spaces for exercise and sports. This Fit Club caters to all levels of fitness and ages and helps everyone get into better shape or stay in shape. Simply phone or email the organiser to reserve a space. There's also a complimentary post-workout smoothie to help with recovery and nutrition. The meeting place is at the corner of Inkerman Rd and Malvern Grove.
Dates: now till 27 October 2016
Timing: 9.45am - 11.30am every Thursday
Venue: Caulfield Park
Address: 280 Inkerman Road Caulfield North, Victoria 3161
Phone: 0468 960 929
Arrabri Community House is a not-for profit organisation providing a broad range of affordable programs, courses and activities. It brings people together through art and craft, cooking classes, parenting programs, literacy courses and health and well-being activities. Every Thursday, it organises a FREE brisk walk around the local area to help the adult community get fit. All you need is a pair of comfortable walking shoes and a water bottle. The meeting place is inside the community house.
Dates: now till 24 November 2016
Timing: 9.15am - 10.15am every Thursday
Venue: Arrabri Community House
Address: 42 Allambanan Drive, Bayswater North, Victoria 3153
Instead of switching on the television, head over to Stockland Tooronga for a FREE evening fitness workout. This residential, office and retail centre is home to the Tooronga Community Centre, a multi-purpose meeting space for community activities. The weekly group fitness is open to everyone regardless of age and fitness level. It runs every Wednesday and offers a full body workout. There are post-workout smoothies available for $5 each.
Dates: now till 22 Feb 2017
Timing: 7.15pm - 8.30pm every Wednesday
Venue: Tooronga Community Centre, Stockland Tooronga Shopping Centre
Address: Tooronga Rd, Glen Iris VIC 3146
Enjoy a FREE community workout every Sunday in the surrounds of Warringal Parklands. Simply turn up and enjoy a morning of group exercise. It is open to all ages and fitness levels and the pace is at your own level. The meeting spot is the kids playground.
Dates: now till 21 January 2018
Timing: 9am - 10am every Sunday
Venue: Warringal Parklands
Address: Beverley Rd, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084
Phone: 0421233861 (Rhys)