Brisbane City Council's Mummy and Me Dance Fitness
the Brisbane City Council's Active Parks program. Each class provides a low strenuous workout combining simple stretches with dance movements. Don't let the name 'Mummy and Me' mislead you and stop you from attending as the program welcomes all age groups from pre-schoolers to seniors. Grandparents can bring their grandchildren or teenagers can schedule some mum and me time while getting fit and healthy together.
Held at the expansive New Farm Park, it will cost you nothing to participate. Starting at 10 a.m. and running for 45 minutes, the next dance fitness class is scheduled for 24 August and continues every Wednesday at the same time until 14 September, 2011.
Recently, Brisbane's New Farm Park was awarded the "Pride Award in the annual Community Awards organised by the Keep Australia Beautiful organization". That's quite an achievement and I'm happy to report the park lives up to its reputation. It features a great range of public facilities including a children's playground, toilets, barbecues, wheelchair access, water fountains, basketball court and plenty of parkland for you and your child to run around and play (or mum can just relax with a book).
Regrettably, it is often perceived that less strenuous or milder forms of exercise like walking carry less health benefits than the more strenuous types of exercise like jogging and aerobic classes. Regardless of your view on this, there's no denying the several health benefits of participating in any form of physical activity including the less strenuous type. Some of these are:
Assists in lowering the risk of medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Improves the strength of your bones.
Improves your physical appearance and overall health.
Can contribute to weight loss.
Increases your fitness levels.
You'll need comfortable shoes, a towel and water bottle
Mummy and Me Dance Fitness meet at the New Farm Park playground, located on the corner of Brunswick and Sydney Streets, New Farm. Bookings are not required and I recommend wearing casual, comfortable clothing. Brisbane City Council advises you bring a towel and water bottle.
Parking is available and transportation to and from the park is accessible by bus, CityCat and river ferries (visit TransLink for specific travel information and times).
S.H.A.K.E. is an inner city dance studio hosting these Council sponsored classes. If you'd like more information about Mummy and Me Dance Fitness, please contact S.H.A.K.E. on 0417 193 379.