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Published April 28th 2017
Update January 29th 2018
Number 1 on this list Sky Zone in Belconnen has closed down.
Stay motivated & have fun though the colder months
As the chill starts creeping in for winter and your early morning alarm goes off to go for a run or walk, it can be very tempting to hit the snooze button and roll back over. For some, like me, winter can be a hard time to find motivation, as the desire to get outside early starts to wane. This is a poor excuse however, as winter is the time that we need to exercise the most, to stay healthy and fight the lurgies that are hanging around every home and workplace. Canberra has many beautiful walkways and cycleways to explore, but sometimes looking for indoor options to spice things up over winter is a great way to stay motivated. The following are 12 indoor options to consider next time you hit the snooze button - who knows - you may love it so much, you may want to do it all year around!
Skyfit at Skyzone Belconnen. Source: Skyzone Facebook
1/ Indoor Trampolining Centres are not just for kids and have adult classes to make the most of these indoor exercise facilities. Skyzone at Belconnen have Skyfit classes, which burn 500 calories a class and are a lot of fun. Trampolining also tones all areas of the body at once, as well as strengthening core muscles and helping with balance. Flip Out is Canberra's other trampolining centre, located at Hume and Mitchell. They also offer Adult Agility classes for over 15's which include trampolining tricks, parkour and gymnastics.
2/ Gyms are the most obvious choice for indoor fitness, with venues located in all areas of Canberra. Popular venues include Club Lime (with 13 locations across the ACT), Anytime Fitness (Canberra City and Dickson), Fernwood Fitness (Gungahlin, Belconnen, Canberra City, Woden and Tuggeranong), Fitness First (Canberra City and Deakin) and the Canberra Southern Cross Health Club (Phillip). Gyms are also located at the YMCA swimming pools listed below, with Gungahlin Leisure Centre a popular choice.
4/ Indoor Rock Climbing is a social sport, as you need to take a friend to climb with - and offer each other moral support! Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing have two centres either side of the city at Mitchell (north) and Hume (south). They are open late in the evening so you can meet up with friends after work or after the kids have gone to bed. They also have a Ladies Night, so women can all learn and support each other together. For a full article on Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing, see here.
6/ Martial Arts/ Self Defence classes are more than exercise, it is a discipline that you can carry through life. Classes develop fitness, flexibility, self-confidence, focus and a sense of self-empowerment. Look up up classes at Korean Martial Arts Academy (Belconnen), Impact Martial Arts School (Gungahlin, Belconnen, Woden and Tuggeranong) and Hapkido Canberra (Phillip). Synergy Self Defence in Hume offer a great class for women - CombatCHICKS, to learn self-defence skills against an attacker.
Self defence and all over fitness at Synergy. Source: Synergy Facebook
9/ Aquaerobics is ideal for people who are pregnant, have problems with their joints or are just starting to exercise and looking for a low impact way to begin. Everyone can benefit from doing Aquaerobics to improve balance, agility, posture, flexibility and core strength. All of the indoor swimming pool locations (number 3 on this list) offer it, as well as Kingswim in Calwell, Macgregor, Majura Park and Deakin.
10/ Rollerskating isn't just for kids, with adult classes also held at Skate Nation in Fyshwick. Rollerskating improves general balance, core strength, stability and best of all, it's fun - especially when they crank up the music! See here for details and full article here.
12/ Dancing classes for adults are a fun way to get fit, meet new people and perhaps learn a style that you have always wanted to dance - it is never too late. Many venues offer contemporary, ballet, jazz, salsa or hip hop, to get that heart rate up without even realising it. Options include Dance Central (Phillip), International Dance Studio (Deakin), Salsabor (CBD) and the Belconnen Arts Centre.
Have you found anything you like? Whilst writing this article I have found some that I am going to try, to get my motivation back through the winter months - I hope you find yours too.
Feel the beat at Salsabor Dance Studio. Source: Salsabor Facebook