GET AC­TIVE, STAY HEALTHY

HAV­ING FUN AND STAY­ING AC­TIVE ON THE GOLD COAST IS EASY – AND IN MOST CASES IT’S ALSO FREE! HERE’S HOW...

Scout Magazine - - Wellbeing... -

If there’s one city of Queens­land where you’d never hear the word “bore­dom” used, it’s the Gold Coast. Apart from all the amaz­ing nat­u­ral won­ders in­clud­ing the surf, the sand and the re­lax­ing salt air, you’ll also find a host of free (yep, FREE!) and low-cost ac­tiv­i­ties get­ting lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike, out­doors and ac­tive – all thanks to Gold Coast City Coun­cil.

Coun­cil’s Ac­tive & Healthy pro­gram is one of the most com­pre­hen­sive pro­grams of its kind across the state. With 11 years of his­tory in the area and run­ning for 48 weeks of ev­ery year, the lo­cal Ac­tive & Healthy com­mit­tee co­or­di­nates 180200 ses­sions ev­ery week. Ac­tiv­i­ties are held right across the Gold Coast, from Ormeau in the north to Coolan­gatta in the south, and utilise the city’s lo­cal parks, com­mu­nity cen­tres, aquatic cen­tres, li­braries and more.

Among the ses­sions on of­fer are fit­ness-based ac­tiv­i­ties such as group train­ing, box­ing, aqua aer­o­bics, tai chi, yoga and Pi­lates, as well as recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties like skate­board­ing and scooter work­shops for kids and na­ture-based ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing guided bush walks. Coun­cil is also look­ing af­ter peo­ple’s well­be­ing with ad­di­tional ses­sions fo­cused on healthy cook­ing classes, med­i­ta­tion groups and even chronic ill­ness pre­ven­tion work­shops, for ex­am­ple.

And it doesn’t mat­ter what age you are – there’s an Ac­tive & Healthy ses­sion per­fect for you. Kids are catered for via some great af­ter-school classes, new par­ents are catered for via group ex­er­cise classes (where strollers and preschoolaged kids are wel­come) and over-50s classes also fea­ture in the pro­gram. Gold Coast City Coun­cil Ac­tive & Healthy pro­gram co­or­di­na­tors con­firm that th­ese ses­sions are avail­able to res­i­dents of the city as well as hol­i­day­mak­ers stay­ing in the area and those south­ern-based “win­ter mi­grants” who pass through our beau­ti­ful part of the world chas­ing the sun­shine. For a full list of the cur­rent Gold Coast City Coun­cil Ac­tive & Healthy ses­sions near you, search the coun­cil web­site.

“Ac­tive & Healthy is a great op­por­tu­nity to get out into our city’s mag­nif­i­cent park­lands and green space to boost your fit­ness and well­be­ing,” Deputy Mayor Donna Gates says.

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