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Spring Weekend Activity Challenge

With more beautiful weather appearing, it’s a great time to try something new on these gorgeous weekends!

Diabetes WA Exercise Physiologist and Credentialled Diabetes Educator Marian Brennan love’s exploring new places and activities; it helps her to keep motivated by breaking up the monotony of her mid-week activity.

So, with that in mind, she has put together a Spring Weekend Activity Challenge for you to move outside your comfort zone and try something new to do each weekend for the next month! It doesn’t have to be anything major or expensive, just something different!

Marian has put together some ideas to help you along the way! Simply choose from one of the three options each week (or choose from one of your own ideas) and enjoy the adventure!

Week Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Week 1 Go for a walk or run on the South Perth foreshore or along your local beach or river precinct.

https://southperth.wa.gov.au/discover/getting-around/walking

Park Run – organised and supervised 5km runs/walks available all over WA.

https://www.parkrun.com.au/:

Try these four exercises (10 times each):

Sit to stand

Hip thrust

Side plank

Single leg floor touch

Week 2 Go for a walk/run in Kings Park or your local national  park or nature reserve.

https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/kings-park/events/walks-and-tours/self-guided-walks

Choose a hike from this list while the wildflowers are out:

https://perthisok.com/best-of-wa/the-best-hikes-near-perth/

Paruna Wildlife Sanctuary is one of my favourite places to hike!

Learn to dance!

There are heaps of online videos in a style that suits you! Ballroom, disco, nightclub, zumba or hiphop.

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Week 3 Join the Hike Collective for one of their awesome guided hikes

Diabetes WA members receive 10% off all guided walks. Walks for all abilities and ages.

https://www.hikecollective.com.au/

Check out the new stairs and views at Whitfords Nodes Park

https://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/place/hillarys-beach-park-whitfords-nodes-3

Go for a swim at the beach. Or paddle walk in the water is you don’t like to get deep. Sand and water walking is excellent exercise.

One of my favourites is Leighton Beach and breaky or coffee on the grass afterwards.

https://www.westernaustralia.com/en/Attraction/Leighton_Beach

Week 4 Walk at Point Walter and enjoy a cuppa at the little café. Alternatively Matilda Bay, Bayswater, Mandurah foreshore, Busselton Jetty or another close to home.

https://www.melvillecity.com.au/things-to-do/find-venues-parks-and-reserves/point-walter-reserve

Visit your local lawn bowls club for a game of social lawn bowls. Don’t like lawn bowls – hire a tennis court instead.

https://www.theurbanlist.com/perth/a-list/lawn-bowls-perth

Play a game of social sport with friends or use Justplay to help you find a team. Bocce, tennis, beach cricket or volleyball are just a few ideas.

https://justplay.com.au/

If these don’t appeal to you, think about trying outdoor yoga or bootcamp in the park or perhaps jump on a bicycle and start pedaling. Choose your own adventure!

Diabetes WA offer a unique service, Perth Physical Activity and Diabetes Institute (PPADI) which aims to help those living with diabetes to get active. The service is run by a dual qualified exercise physiologist and diabetes educator who can guide your “huff and puff” and strength exercise with special consideration of your diabetes and other related conditions. Visit www.perthpadi.com for more information.

 

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