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The thing that made the single biggest difference to my life this past year or so, was joining a gym with a creche. Not only was it great for the size of my arse, but it was fantastic for my head.

After nearly two years of no time to myself, I suddenly had an hour or so a day that was just for me. Time when I could meet other mums, get the endorphins going, and just have some precious headspace…all the while knowing that Miss S was being well cared for and having a wow of a time with other kidlets. It made such a difference to my state of mind, energy levels and my capacity for patience and everyday dramas.

If you’ve got little ones, and bemoan not having time to exercise, I can’t encourage you enough to check out one of the kid-friendly exercise options in your area.

These Canberra and Queanbeyan gyms all boast childminding facilities. Usually they run two or three sessions per day, between the hours of 9am and lunchtime (some creches close at midday, others go through until 1:30pm to allow mums to do lunchtime classes.) Check with the individual gym as to the services they offer.

Alive! Health and Fitness has clubs in Narrabundah and Queanbeyan, the former being my reintroduction to gyms after a long absence. I can’t say enough good things about the club: the people are lovely and the facilities fab…they played a huge part in changing my lifestyle for the better.

Fernwood. This women’s only chain has five clubs in Canberra, with Woden, Tuggeranong, Gungahlin and Belconnen all offering childminding.

Fitness First has two clubs in Canberra, but only Deakin has Playzone. I’m a member here now and the creche is fantastic – it’s large, airy and they really engage the kids in structured activities like a ‘real’ childcare centre. Heaps of class options and a ‘ladies only’ area, too…

Canberra International Sports & Aquatic Centre (CISAC) has Club Kids to fit in with their other “Club” products – Pink, Lime, Swim, etc.

Edge Healthy Club Weston boasts a childcare room and Go Figure Queanbeyan also offers childminding at its womens only health club.

But if you’re after cheap (free) exercise in the fresh air, you can’t go past a good walk. Pushing that (growing) weight around is fantastic exercise – particularly if you add a few hills into the mix – and it’s great to just get out of the house. Why not get a few mums together and make it a regular date?

Know of other kid-friendly exercise facilities around the Capital region? Feel free to add to the list and spread the word to other HerCanberrans

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6 Responses to Kid-Friendly Fitness

Tammy says: 9 June, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Contours in Belconnen runs Mums & Bubs classes twice a week and the workouts only go for half an hour, so they are fantastic for busy mums who are time poor!

Nicole says: 20 May, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Why on earth doesn’t Canberra have more gyms with creches for working or single parents? I went to an awesome gym in Tamworth where they ran the creche all day so working parents could do the classes straight from picking kids up in the after noon. The gyms here would make a fortune if more of them offered this afternoon service.

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