If ‘improving fitness’ is among your resolutions, try these tips from Millie Walker, Master Trainer and Yoga Instructor at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre.
Keep it Real
“Set realistic goals that include basic lifestyle changes like swapping the lift for the stairs. Also, set a weight goal, not a weight loss target. This’ll give you something to get to and maintain.”
Work with a Pro
“Different body types respond to different exercises. Consider investing in yourself by working with a qualified Personal Trainer. Regular sessions can stop you plateauing.”
Keep a Diary
“Map out your monthly exercise plan and stick to it. Make time ahead of each new month to diarise upcoming workouts. If you need to bump a class, commit to replacing it within 24 hours, if possible.”
“If you share exercise interests with a friend, team up. Try to find someone for each activity you’re into so you don’t rely on just one mate to help motivate you.”
“Evaluate fitness progress regularly. If you’re working with a Personal Trainer, assessments can be built into your program, and your plan adjusted accordingly.”
“Big or small, if you land a fitness goal, recognise and reward it! An incentive could be wellbeing-focused, like a cleansing facial or healing massage.”
Lift Your Spirits
From Pilates to yoga, the City of Adelaide’s three Community Centres offer free weekly Health & Wellbeing classes.
In between lecturing at the University of South Australia and sometimes even presenting at the United Nations, Associate Professor Tahereh Ziaian volunteers her expertise to run Thursday meditation classes at the North Adelaide Community Centre. 2019 classes start 14 February, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm. No bookings required.
Expand your Horizons
Languages can build friendships and the Community Centres all offer weekly classes.
For a contribution of just $2, learn French, Italian or German at the Adelaide South West Community Centre, Spanish at the Hutt Street Library (run by the Box Factory Community Centre) or conversational English at the North Adelaide Community Centre. Other language classes include Chinese Mandarin, conversational Arabic and Travel Italian.
Share Your Skill
Many Community Centre classes exist because someone special asked, “Is there a way I can share my knowledge or skills with others?”
With help from staff, locals have started floristry workshops, crochet groups and fitness classes for seniors – all volunteering their time and talents. If you have a skill to share, pop into a centre and chat with the friendly team.
Click here to see the activities on offer at all three of the City of Adelaide’s Community Centres – and for individual contact details.