In the latest move to promote the ACT Government's healthy weight goals, Territory and Municipal Services Minister Shane Rattenbury has launched a new guide to outdoor fitness opportunities in the capital.
The new Find Fitness Outdoors website gives users of all ages and fitness abilitiess information to get active in Canberra, using online maps, local fitness stations, walking trails and equipment.
As part of the push, five free outdoor group training sessions will be held in March and April.
Leading by example, Mr Rattenbury and members of his office joined a group workout session with Territory and Municipal Services staff and program ambassadors, health and fitness leader Lee Campbell and HerCanberra editor Amanda Whitley.
"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 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.
Users can learn strategies and techniques for using equipment from a series of short instructional videos with Mr Campbell and Ms Whitley.
"These videos highlight a great range of the many locations and fitness opportunities across Canberra, and we want the ACT community to share their own outdoor fitness experiences to encourage others get fit and active while having fun in Canberra's beautiful natural environment," Mr Rattenbury said.
He encouraged participants in the program to use social media to post photos or videos to the new website using the hashtag #CBRoutdoors by April 20. Free personal training sessions are available for the people whose posts generate the most likes or shares on Facebook and Twitter.
The program is part of the ACT Government's Healthy Weight Initiative and comes as the government works to lower the territory's obesity rates.
"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," Mr Rattenbury said.
Visit the website www.act.gov.au/outdoorfitness
Public training classes will take place on:
- Saturday March 28 at John Knight Memorial Park, Belconnen from 10am
- Wednesday April 1, adjacent to Denison Street and Thesiger Court intersection, Deakin from 1pm
- Saturday April 11, Crace Recreation Park, Narden Street, Crace from 10am
- Wednesday April 15, neighbourhood oval off Chifley Place, Chifley from 5pm
- Saturday April 18, Angas Street road verge, Ainslie from 10am