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

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
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.