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#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 *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 cooltate23

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/




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