FINDING motivation to exercise can be a difficult task at the best of times and with winter on the way, it probably won’t get much easier.
But for locals Margaret Genge and Kerry Wharton, a simple philosophy of “do it, just do it” has seen them brave the cold each year to attend Clarence City Council’s popular Fitness in the Park program.
Run by a qualified trainer and catering for all ages and abilities, Fitness in the Park offers a range of free fitness sessions, allowing participants to enjoy the local parks and beaches.
The program’s winter sessions have now commenced and will run until 31 August.
Ms Genge said she had been attending Fitness in the Park sessions for more than three years.
“The first time I attended I couldn’t participate for more than five-minutes, but the trainer, Sherri, was wonderful and she walked with me for the rest of the session,” Ms Genge said.
“I improved every week and the group makes me want to come back because they are so supportive and encouraging and you get some good laughs.”
Fitness in the Park sessions cover flexibility, core stability, boxing fitness, functional training, aerobic exercise, circuit training, balance, body weight exercise and hill walking.
Ms Wharton said after attending the first session, new participants “won’t want to stop.”
“At the end of the session, we always feel really good, endorphins are up and you can get into the day,” she said.
“I couldn’t be without it now.”
The free sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 9.30am at Simmons Park in Lindisfarne and on Fridays at 9.30am at Bellerive Beach Park.
No bookings are required and participants are welcome to attend any of the sessions.
For more information, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au/fitness or contact Council’s community planning and development officer, Suzanne Schulz, on 6217 9599 or firstname.lastname@example.org.