Jump to content

Running/Fitness in Canberra


  • Please log in to reply
13 replies to this topic

#1 greypink

Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:49 PM

I really want to get back into shape this year but we're on a budget atm so I can't really afford to join a gym right now. (Unless anyone can recommend one that's not too pricey!)

I used to run before having DS 3 years ago but I hate running on my own and am finding it really hard to stay motivated
I'm also finding it very lonely here as we moved to Canberra in August and I haven't really made any friends yet so I really need to get out of the house and do something for myself and meet some new people.

So I'd love it if anyone could recommend a running group or any other cheapish fitness ideas, preferably northside.

Thanks original.gif

Edited by greypink, 27 January 2013 - 02:27 PM.


#2 Apageintime

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:41 PM

hi there and welcome to canberra!

It can be a lonely place to get started in, could you join a sports team? Social Basketball in belconnen isn't overly expensive.

I've been having the same problems though, no money and I need a buddy to get motivated too.

I found a few walking groups on meetup.com, but that was a bit far away.

Hope it works out for you, and if you want someone to walk with Pm me! (Although I'm not fit at all)

#3 asdf89

Posted 27 January 2013 - 02:53 PM

There are lots of great walking tracks around Canberra - I walk up Mt Ainslie a few times a week (great fitness!) and I see lots of people running up there.

This is a map of all the walking/bike paths around the town.

http://apps.actpla.act.gov.au/plandev/tp-i...a_path_map3.swf

#4 Feral*Spikey*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:12 PM

Well, you can come along to Yum Cha on 3 February, and meet some lovely Canberran EB ladies! biggrin.gif

#5 lisacat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:07 PM

The YMCA of Canberra has a runners club and I know they will be starting a group focusing on the women's fun run coming up in march.

YMCA runners club



#6 greypink

Posted 29 January 2013 - 10:42 AM

Thanks so much for the suggestions, I will definitely be looking into those running groups

Spikey I'm busy that day or I would have come along, maybe next time original.gif

Thanks apageintime, lovely of you to offer. Once I've found a group maybe you can join too so then we'll both "know" someone!

#7 sooty&sweep

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:04 AM

Are you interested in playing netball.  I am looking for a player in our team at mpowerdome, runs tuesday evenings

#8 loubee

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:17 AM

We have a an eb facebook running group and one of our girls is from Canberra (but I can't remember her name on EB anymore  ph34r.gif . WIll give her a nudge on the f/b group. Also a highly recommend you check out parkrun as you will meet a heap of runners at all levels here. Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5k. They are good fun and great way to push you a little harder from whatever level you are at.

#9 rob6712col

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

Snap Fitness in lanyon is only $27.50 per fortnight for unlimited use and you don't have to be on a contract so you can cancel at any time. I think it is $50 deposit for the entry card (as it is a 24hour gym) and they have free joining all the time but mind you I think their joining fee was $20?
I think it is very reasonably priced but not sure where you live


#10 DandS

Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:46 AM

QUOTE (loubee @ 29/01/2013, 12:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have a an eb facebook running group and one of our girls is from Canberra (but I can't remember her name on EB anymore  ph34r.gif . WIll give her a nudge on the f/b group. Also a highly recommend you check out parkrun as you will meet a heap of runners at all levels here. Parkrun is a free weekly timed 5k. They are good fun and great way to push you a little harder from whatever level you are at.

Me!

I'm a runner, who would love a running buddy in Canberra!  We have only lived here for 2 years so I still feel relatively new. I live in Weston Creek.

I second parkrun, although I haven't managed to get myself there yet.

I was also going to suggest Females In Training (FIT), and the YMCA runners club - I haven't joined either but might if I had someone to hold my hand!



#11 greypink

Posted 29 January 2013 - 03:49 PM

QUOTE (cooltate23 @ 29/01/2013, 12:04 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you interested in playing netball.  I am looking for a player in our team at mpowerdome, runs tuesday evenings

Thanks so much for asking me, unfortunately I have no idea how to play netball, I think the last time I played was in year 6 so I'd probably be useless!


QUOTE (rob6712col @ 29/01/2013, 12:22 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Snap Fitness in lanyon is only $27.50 per fortnight for unlimited use and you don't have to be on a contract so you can cancel at any time. I think it is $50 deposit for the entry card (as it is a 24hour gym) and they have free joining all the time but mind you I think their joining fee was $20?
I think it is very reasonably priced but not sure where you live

thanks for that, it sounds great, if only it was a bit closer to me! I'm in Belconnen so it's prob a bit far for me to go regularly

QUOTE (DandS @ 29/01/2013, 12:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Me!

I'm a runner, who would love a running buddy in Canberra!  We have only lived here for 2 years so I still feel relatively new. I live in Weston Creek.

I second parkrun, although I haven't managed to get myself there yet.

I was also going to suggest Females In Training (FIT), and the YMCA runners club - I haven't joined either but might if I had someone to hold my hand!

Thanks for that loubee!
I will send you a PM tonight DandS!



Thanks again for all the suggestions, I really appreciate them!

#12 thegirl

Posted 01 February 2013 - 01:22 PM

I was also going to suggest FIT and parkrun.

Whilst not northside, this is central and sounds like it would be a great way to meet people
http://www.hercanberra.com.au/index.php/20...run-cangirl-run

#13 goesaround

Posted 03 February 2013 - 10:46 PM

Hey, I'm also a runner... on the wrong side of town though... tuggers... however I do run near civic 3 days per week.... google lunch time runs canberra which lists the various running events organised at lunch time, there is the park run every saturday plus the runners club listed has various runs organised - currently tuesdays at 6pm.... not sure where you are on the running front but you can always upload the couch to 5k program on your iphone, ipod, mp3 player which gets you to 5 k in 8 weeks....you can get cheapish pool and gym membership at olympic pool for $13 per week....second hand cross trainer is another good option if you have enough money or room for it.... anyway I can pm you my contact details and I am sure I can think of other options for you once I work out what you enjoy doing and what time constraints you have.... I'm thinking of taking up kayaking for example because I need upper body and I prefer outside stuff... other option is to look up communitiesonline.com.au which lists a whole lot of community groups in canberra which include exercise groups... there are heaps... bushwalking, sailing, dancing,running (which I can give you lots of info on) etc, etc.

#14 goesaround

Posted 08 February 2013 - 11:15 PM

Oh I should add park run is coming to tuggeranong late this month for south siders....

Here is the link with more details http://www.parkrun.com.au/tuggeranong/




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Mum's message to son after Manchester attack

The horrific terrorist attack in Manchester, killing 22 people and injuring many others, including children, has impacted people throughout the world.

Bonds announces new personalised Zippy onesies

Now you can have your baby or toddler's name printed on their Bonds Zippys.

Mum's warning about Owlet monitor after baby receives burn

A mum has taken to Facebook to warn parents of the dangers of a popular baby monitor after her daughter sustained a burn to her foot.

The new advice on when to give juice to young children

Children under the age of one should not be given fruit juice, according to new advice issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

'Mummy, put your phone away': one mum's wake-up call

One of the weirdest things about your little kids getting older, I find, is when they start to be able to hold full conversations with you.

Aspirin being used to treat pre-eclampsia

Aspirin and early detection are helping to save the lives of Australian women and babies at risk of dying from the pregnancy complication pre-eclampsia.

Postnatal depletion: what is it and how can we recover?

Some mums are left physically and emotionally depleted, with nothing left to give, long after giving birth.

'Flushing' blocked fallopian tubes can improve fertility, study finds

A technique that effectively "unblocks" a woman's fallopian tubes by flushing them with liquid to help her conceive has been used for decades, with varying levels of success. Now a study has confirmed that the method significantly improves fertility, and that a certain type of fluid – one that is oil-based rather than water-based – shows strong results.

Watch these pregnant mothers make their bellies disappear

Chances are you've heard of body pump, but have you heard of belly pump?

The initiative to help job-hunting mums explain the 'resume gap'

It's a common problem faced by mums returning to work after an extended period of maternity leave. How do I account for the gap that years at home caring for babies has left in my resume?

Every parent will relate to this dad's hilariously messy 'pooplosion' tale

Make sure you aren't eating while reading this post.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

From our network

Mum tips to keep your pre-baby budget in check

Money might be funny in a rich man's world (or so ABBA told us), but for the rest of us it's a major consideration – particularly before having a baby.

5 easy ways to make your maternity leave last longer

Maternity leave is a special time for you, your partner and your new little bundle. The last thing you want is for financial worries to stand in the way of that joy.

10 ways to keep your 'buying for baby' costs down

Becoming a parent is full of surprises – not least of all finding out that, for such small beings, babies cause a lot of chaos and expense.

5 ways to prepare to go from two incomes to one

Here are some ideas for getting that budget in shape, ready for being a one income family.

 

Baby Names

Need some ideas?

See what names are trending this year.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.