We know through lots of research that women worry about being judged when they exercise, and often are too embarrassed or intimidated to exercise in public.
This Girl Can – Victoria is about giving it a go and getting active; no matter how well you do it, how you look, or how sweaty you get.
Whether it’s a walk in the park, a gym sesh, a killer run, or gathering a few gal pals for a game of netball, there are so many ways to get active. Here are a just few ideas to help you get started.
These new programs are made just for you –activities for women of all skill levels, ages and sizes. So whether you’re just starting out, or returning to physical activity after a break, we’ve got something for you. VicHealth has funded these activities to help you get the ball rolling.
Cricket. We’ve all seen it on the tellie, but when was the last time you gave it a crack? Check out Cricket Victoria’s Social Sixes
– with this beginner-friendly option, you’re sure to get the hang of it in no time. Howzat!
Many of us have never thought to try golf – but give it a swing and we’re sure you’ll be hooked! Swing Fit
is Golf Australia’s fun and social program for women. If you’re a beginner, don’t stress – you’ll learn the basics over a six-week program, while meeting new people and getting fitter too.
Any sport that requires a mouthguard can be intimidating at first. If you’re curious about hockey but a little nervous, J-Ball
is for you. It’s a great introduction to the sport with simple rules, modified equipment, and a smaller field. Or, if you’re looking to get back into it, Hockey Victoria has a bunch of other awesome Social Hockey programs
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In the mood to move but can’t get out of the house? Understandable – there are heaps of reasons why exercising at home can be the most convenient option. Move My Way
teaches you basic movements to improve your wellbeing with low impact exercises, so you can squeeze in some physical activity in your living room.
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Having a bub in tow – or on the way – doesn’t have to limit you from being social and active. Bowling with Babies
is Bowls Victoria’s program for new and expecting mums of all skill levels. So come on down and try your hand at some lawn bowls – bring your friends, or make some new ones!
Don’t want to commit to a whole season of sport? Rock Up Netball
, developed by Netball Victoria, is a ‘pay as you play’ option for busy ladies. Whether you’re a beginner or looking to get back into social netball, this is a fantastic, casual option to learn the ropes or come back to the sport.
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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a low impact water activity that improves balance and core strength, Coasting
(Surfing Victoria’s introductory SUP program for women) is a fun way to find some “you time” in the great outdoors.
Are you a mum who never got to try your hand … err … foot at soccer? Soccer Mums
is here to get you in the game! Designed specifically for mums, this fun, social program will teach you the basics, regardless of your skill level. Soccer Mums is run by Football Federation Victoria in partnership with Melbourne City Football Club.
Still not sure where to start?
Find out what’s on offer in your local area:
Your local council might provide information about activities and groups in your area. Find your council’s contact details at Know Your Council and give them a buzz.
YMCA Victoria offers a bunch of health and fitness programs for people of all ages and abilities. If you’re keen for a swim, they’ve also got leisure centres and swimming pools all over Victoria. Find your local centre on the YMCA Victoria website.
Premier’s Active April encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to get more people active and healthy. Think you’re up for the challenge? Check out the Premier’s Active April website.
AAA Play is a first-point-of call service operated by Reclink Australia to connect people with a disability to sport and recreation opportunities across Victoria. Phone 1800 222 842 or visit the AAA Play website to find accessible physical activity options near you.
Women supporting women
We asked our ambassadors to share their top tips for being active – let them inspire you!
* I keep my sports bag packed and in my car, so I’m always ready to exercise.
*I go with a buddy, so I feel accountable – I even imagine them waiting for me alone, in the cold – I don’t want to let them down!
*I put my alarm clock on the other side of the room. Then when it goes off, I physically have to get up to turn it off. I also set three consecutive alarms so I don’t have an excuse!
*When I’m doing the child-drop off first thing in the morning, I wear my exercise gear. And I make a promise to myself to exercise before I go home. I like to remind myself not to feel guilty for making myself a priority.
*For me, it’s about getting moving every day, as part of my routine. So instead of driving to the shops, I try to walk or cycle.
*I write motivating quotes on my mirror and stick my weekly exercise goals (however big or small) on the fridge so I have constant reminders.
*I try to remember that when I’m at the gym, people are focused on themselves, not looking at me.
*I like to put my exercise gear on a chair so that it’s looking at me when I wake up.
*For me, joining a team-sport helped me get to training because I don’t want to let my team-mates down.
*I always remember how amazing I feel after being active. Even if it’s tough at the time, I’m always glad I got out there!