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ACTIVE Neighbourhood: Belconnen

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Us Canberrans are a pretty active bunch.

If you live in the burbs, there’s no need to make the trek into the city just to get a good workout. There’s plenty of hidden fitness gems right near where you live, which is why we’ve introduced the ACTIVE Neighbourhood series.

Belconnen, it’s your turn to get ACTIVE.

ACT Disc Golf Club

Looking for something active that’s free, all-inclusive and lots of fun? Well, whether or not you’ve thrown a Frisbee before, you’ll be sure to have a fun walk in the park at the John Knight Memorial Disc Golf Course.

All you need is a disc, and this beginner friendly course can challenge all abilities. From young to old, novice to advanced, Disc Golf is a sport that anyone can get into. Come see what all the talk is about—contact the Club for more information.

John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen | australiandiscgolf.com/actfacebook.com/ACT-Disc-Golf-Club

Club Lime CISAC

Club Lime may have expanded across Canberra suburbs and into New South Wales, but the original club was at CISAC Belconnen. The club has maintained its status as one of the best clubs thanks to regular upgrades including diverse, top of the line equipment and an ever-evolving group fitness timetable.

The sheer size of the club means that you won’t spend ages waiting for equipment and there’s plenty of floor space for functional training. There’s also Club Lime Ladies Only, 25 and 50 metre pools, spa, sauna and a crèche.

If you’re after a smaller club, visit Club Lime Belconnen in Oatley Court or Club Lime Kippax.

100 Eastern Valley Way, Bruce | clublime.com.au | facebook.com/ClubLimeGyms

Embrace Pilates and Fitness

Reformer Pilates, mat Pilates, boot camp, HIIT, circuit classes, personal training, Zumba… no matter how you like to sweat, Embrace Pilates and Fitness has you covered. Their light-filled studio overlooks sparkling Lake Ginninderra

If you’re the type that has a wallet or keyring filled with various gym passes, you’ll love the range of classes on offer. With an inclusive, welcoming environment, Embrace cater to ever level, including a Fit and Flex seniors program. Small class sizes mean that you feel genuinely looked after and part of diverse yet tight knit community.

Unit 10/114 Emu Bank, Belconnen | embracepilatesandfitness.com.au | facebook.com/embracepilatesandfitness

Gininderra Parkrun

Image via facebook.com/ginninderraparkrun

If you’ve never heard of Parkrun before, it’s a weekly five kilometre timed run that’s completely free—all you need to do is register online.

Every Saturday at 8am, the course begins at John Knight Memorial Park before winding along mostly tarmac bike paths and concrete pavement, with marshals and signed dotted along your path to show you the way. It’s suitable for all levels, and all participants are welcomed to join a post parkrun coffee at Birrigai Café, a short walk from the finish line.

John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen | parkrun.com.au/ginninderrafacebook.com/ginninderraparkrun/

John Knight Memorial Park

It’s the setting for many a fitness activity in Belconnen, and for good reason. In addition to playing host to Gininderra Parkrun and Disc Golf, John Knight Memorial Park has its own outdoor gym with fixed fitness equipment. There’s everything from an air walker, to a chest press, dip bars to pull up and push up bars, a leg press, vault bar, and more.

If you’re taking the kids, you’ll find a fantastic playground plus plenty of open space for running, jumping, exploring and enjoying the Canberra sunshine.

 John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen | environment.act.gov.au/facebook.com/pages/John-Knight-Memorial-Park

Lake Ginninderra

Lake Ginninderra is a beautiful spot to get fit for free! There are ideal spots for a range of different activities, including sandy beaches, a paddling enclosure, fishing jetties, playgrounds, a boat launching ramp and of course, plenty of open space.

The swimming beaches are monitored for blue green algae and bacteria, so you can easily check online before you head down for a paddle. There are plenty of paths and trails for walking, running and bike riding, providing a safe way to make the most of the beautiful lake and bushland.

Ginninderra Drive, Belconnen | environment.act.gov.au | facebook.com/pages/Lake-Ginninderra/

Yogasana Fitness

Jen Brown, the founder of Yogasana Fitness, plans and guides each and every class on offer here. She makes an effort to get to know each student individually in order to customise her presentation of yoga to suit them and the development of their practice. No sequence is ever the same, so there’s plenty of variety, with options for every fitness level and age — including Beginners, Family Yoga and Holiday Classes for Kids.

If you’re feeling a bit stressed (and honestly, who isn’t?) you’ll love Yoga for Relaxation which combines Yin, Restorative and Meditation in one class. If it’s fitness you’re after, try Vinyasa for Power and Grace, and if you struggle to get to the studio, try Jen’s 10-class online course to develop your practice at home.

118 Emu Bank, Belconnen | yogasanafitness.com | facebook.com/yogasanafitness

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