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Get #CBRoutdoors Fit for Free!

Amanda Whitley

New campaign to help Canberrans find fitness outdoors for free

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today launched a new website for Canberrans to easily find outdoor fitness opportunities and share their outdoor fitness experiences. Oh, and I’m one of the program ambassadors, along with health and fitness guru Lee Campbell.

“There are so many free exercise opportunities in Canberra’s beautiful outdoors for people of all ages and abilities and locating an outdoor fitness facility near you is now easier than ever with the new ‘Find fitness outdoors’ website,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“The ‘Find fitness outdoors’ website provides an array of tools to assist you in your outdoor fitness journey including a mapping function to direct you to sites with outdoor fitness opportunities. These include fitness stations and walking trails as well as things people may not normally use to get active such as play equipment which you could use to break up a walk or run or for parents to use while the kids are playing.”

On the website, you’ll find a whole series of short instructional videos which show you how to use the equipment that you’ll find in your neighbourhood – or further afield, if you feel like mixing it up a bit. This is a campaign close to my heart – as the busy mum of two young daughters, I feel it’s incredibly important to lead by example by being active. And these free fitness facilities make it easy to get out and about at any time – with kids in tow!

The videos show the great range of locations and fitness opportunities across Canberra – and they’re all free and available 24 hours a day.

“We want to see more people using the great outdoor fitness facilities available and hope this new website encourages more Canberrans to lead active lifestyles while also creating a great opportunity for people to enjoy the outdoors.

“Five free group training sessions will also be held throughout March and April at various outdoor fitness sites to allow the community to explore a range of activities to get fit and have fun.

“So get out there and get active. No matter your age, ability or level of fitness – there is something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to create some positive lifestyle habits with no need for a gym or any specialised equipment or skills.”

Mr Rattenbury said this program has been funded as part of the ACT Government’s Healthy Weight Initiative which is designed to improve the health outcomes of Canberrans.

Get involved

Share the cardio, strength and stretching exercises you undertake at your favourite outdoor fitness site by posting a photo or short video to the ‘Find fitness outdoors’ website or uploading it to Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #CBRoutdoors by Monday 20 April 2015. Free personal training sessions are available for the people whose #CBRoutdoors posts generate the most likes or shares on social media

OUTDOOR GROUP FITNESS SESSIONS

Free group training sessions are being held throughout April at various outdoor fitness sites to allow the community to explore a range of activities to get fit and have fun. Come join us!

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015
Time: 12 noon
Meeting point: Nguru Beach along Mortimer Lewis Drive, Greenway
Ambassador: Lee Campbell

For more information and to start your outdoor fitness journey visit www.act.gov.au/outdoorfitness

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Amanda Whitley

Amanda Whitley is the founder and director of HerCanberra. In her 'spare time', she instructs zumba, loves to cook (and eat), and wrangles two gorgeous little girls. She's done everything from present the tv news to operate a stop and go sign and is passionate about connecting Canberra women. More about the Author

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