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.

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.

Tips from other 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!