1. Fitness First Gyms open up their free teenage memberships again, for the holidays. Give your nearest branch a call to organize an induction and once you are a member you can go daily and get fit this holiday. What a great initiative this is, so make the most of what Fitness First is offering, sign up and work out these holidays.
Image courtesy of Jamie's Ministry of Food
2. Join a class and learn something new. Jamie's Ministry of Food is offering a 5 week cooking course, in January / February 2013. Classes run for 90 mins once a week, over the 5 weeks and costs $5 a session. Give your teens the skills they need to be capable in the kitchen – it's a life skill and the emphasis is on cooking food with fresh ingredients, so it's a healthy option too.
3. The GCCC Active & Healthy booklet (for July 2012 to June 2013) is in libraries and is packed with free and low cost activities, all designed for you to get up, out and active. Click here for a list of activities and events. There's stand up paddle boarding, self defence, archery, African drumming and dancing, healthy cooking classes, fishing, kayak adventures and more – the list just goes on. Well done to the council for subsidising the program. There are various sections in the booklet. Check out "Activities for Children" and the "Vibe Youth" program for 12 years and up which include skateboarding, guitar, teen boxing, yoga and zumba. How can you be bored with all these things to get out and do?
4. Free Movies in the Park. From October 2012 to April 2013 there are free family movie nights in parks all over the Gold Coast. So check the schedule, find a movie you want to see at a location near you, phone up some friends and get down there for a free movie under the stars. Most are rated PG with some M. The lineup includes: Men in Black 3, The Adventures of Tin Tin, Marley & Me, ET, The Avengers, Mirror Mirror and Avatar. Choose a movie you love or one you missed at the cinema and meet up with your mates in the park. Why would you not want a free night at the movies?
5. Take on a challenge. Set yourself a goal like a 100km run club with friends. The aim is to clock up 100kms of running in the holidays, even if it's only a couple of kms at a time. Record your daily distance and work towards a target. You could do the same thing with swimming – perhaps 25 or 50kms depending on your swimming ability – make it challenging but achievable. You can purchase a swim card from City Pools and swipe it each time you go. A great way to get you up and out each day and get fit.
It's great to see so much on, on the Gold Coast, especially for young people. There's lots of choice if you are at home over the holidays, so follow Nike's lead and "Just do it".