Joining a gym or a sporting club can be expensive and keeping the kids active with a regular activity that is both inexpensive and that suits everyone is hard.
Maintaining health is a key function to dealing with the stresses of life. Working all week and managing family and school commitments can be time consuming and stressful. Finding a way of keeping the family fit for free sounds too good to be true.
Park run can take the whole family out to community owned parklands to become more active and build basic fitness. Already Park Run has grown from a grassroots community physical activity and engagement into a regular must do for many families in Adelaide and some regional areas.
Starting in the UK it has quickly grown around the world and now S.A. holds regular events every Saturday morning at Aldinga Beach, Carisbrooke, Christies Beach, Clare Valley, Cleland, Edithburgh, Gawler, Goolwa, Jubilee Way, Kangaroo Island, Largs Bay, Lochiel, Mawson Lakes, Moana, Mount Barker, Mount Gambier, Murray Bridge, Nuriootpa, Port Augusta, Port Broughton, Port Lincoln, Renmark, Reynella East, Strathalbyn, Torrens, Victor Harbor, West Beach and still growing. Look for one near you or become one of the volunteers and start your own.
The events are open to all and encourage people of any ability to participate. You can walk, run or just take it at your own pace and enjoy the surroundings. After completing the run you can check your time and placing or not!
You need to register online (free) and take your barcode for scanning on the day. Most agree that keeping fit is a good way to deal with stress. Doing it for free makes it even less stressful.
MensLine Australia is a professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Available 24/7 on 130078 99 78
It features videos, online counselling and forums to help assist men in range of issues.
- Men and emotions
- Separation and Parenting
- Managing Relationships
- Managing Anger
The modern Men’s Shed is an updated version of the shed in the backyard that has long been a part of Australian culture. Men’s Sheds are springing up all around Australia and internationally.
Not all Men’s Sheds are the same- if you looked inside you might see a number of men making furniture, perhaps restoring bicycles for a local school, making Mynah bird traps, fixing lawn mowers or making a cubby house for Camp Quality to raffle. You might also see a few young men working with the older men obtaining new skills and learning something about life from the men with whom they work. You might see local elders making traditional weapons or designing arts and crafts. You will see tea-bags, coffee cups and a comfortable area where men can sit and talk. You will probably also see an area where men can learn to cook for themselves or how to contact their families by computer.
Good health is based on many factors including feeling good about yourself, being productive, contributing to your community, connecting with friends and maintaining an active body and mind. Becoming a member of a Men’s Shed provides a safe and busy environment where men can find many of these things in an atmosphere of old-fashioned mateship. And, importantly, there is no pressure. Men can just come and have a yarn and a cuppa if that is all they’re looking for.
Green Gym – Exercise to make a difference, is offered as a fun and free physical activity program where participants will be guided in practical conservation activities that will help to transform and restore urban green spaces for the whole community to enjoy.
The emphasis is on health and social interaction – participants warm up and a cool down in preparation for gentle to moderate activities (such as tree planting, weed removal or even growing food in a community garden).
Modern lifestyles mean that urban dwellers are less active and more isolated than ever before, thus the aims of the Green Gym program are to enhance mental wellbeing, social connectedness and improve physical fitness in individuals. Communities also benefit through the improved and maintained green spaces created through Green Gym.
You can search for projects close to where you live or search by dates you are available.
Unlike many conventional gyms, taking part in a Green Gym is free and a great social activity too, allowing you to meet new people and work together to transform your local area, while also learning new skills.
- You’ll feel fitter, stronger and healthier through fun and physical activities outdoors
- You can boost your self-esteem and confidence by learning new skills
- You can feel less stressed and more resilient by spending time outside in green spaces
- You can feel more connected to your community and others by volunteering to make a difference
RSL SA has launched a new initiative for the working-age veteran – RSL Active.
RSL Active encourages members of the Australian Defence Force, and those who have recently left, to be active in their communities.
Our brave men and women go from having a structured life to a completely new environment where there is limited understanding of them and their needs, which can expose them to certain vulnerabilities.
The RSL Active model will deliver a safe and welcoming environment for not only the veteran but also the veteran’s family. Camping trips, social outings and school holiday programs are part of our future plans.
RSL Active will assist men and women to connect with the community and transition back into civilian life.
RSL Active will include peer-to-peer support, career counselling, access to training and education programs, and pathways to employment.
RSL Active will also provide interested veterans with a pathway to the Invictus Games, an international sporting competition for wounded, injured and sick men and women who have served.
To register for RSL Active and receive additional information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The program has been specifically designed to enhance participant's self awareness, and to enable them to gain a better understanding of their personal life strengths.
- To help the participant to develop a sense of worth enabling them to gain a better understanding of themselves and of their life.
- To give the participant an opportunity to be in an environment that will encourage them to develop life enhancing skills in a positive, reinforcing manner.
- To give the participant an opportunity to apply these strengths and skills to present and future situations.
- To give the participant the opportunity to explore the inner self and to become aware of how to use this self awareness in a positive way.
The Positive Lifestyle Program consists of 10 weekly sessions comprising of:
- Self Awareness
- Depression and loneliness
- Future Directions
This program is offered at several Salvation Army Offices in South Australia. Marion, Murray Bridge, Noarlunga, Port Augusta and Victor Harbor.
One Voice is a charity that provides a mobile shower and toilet facility for the homeless in Adelaide. This is sometimes provides an opportunity to have something to eat and a chat about the needs of people sleeping rough and doing without access to such basic facilitates as a hot shower and a safe environment.
One Voice is a registered charity that has been providing similar facilities in the Eastern States and is working with local charities and services to assist in specific areas that have a need.
Please check the website for updated locations and times.
Orange Sky Laundry is a mobile laundry service for the homeless in Adelaide. There are two vans servicing the Adelaide and Northern regions. Peggy is Adelaide based and Sandy operates through the Northern districts
You can find "Peggy" at the following locations:
Monday at the Free79 Centre 379 Prospect road, Blair Athol from 11am to 2pm
Tuesday at the Vincentian Centre at 28 Whitmore Square, Adelaide from 930 to 12.30pm
Tuesday at Mary's Kitchen 92 Jetty Road, Glenelg
Wednesday at the Uniting Communities at the Corner tof the Parade and Portrush Road, Beulah Park 10.30am to 1pm
Wednesday at Fred's Van (WYC) 13 McKinna Road, Christie Downs from 6pm till 8pm
Thursday at the Vincentian Centre at 28 Whitmore Square, Adelaide from 10am to 1pm
Saturday at the Vincentian Centre at 28 Whitmore Square, Adelaide from 9am to 12pm (noon)
Sandy operates at the following locations
Tuesday at Elizabeth
Wednesday at Langford Drive
Thursday at Evanston Gardens
Thursday at Nurioopta
Both Peggy and Sandy provides loads of washing and plenty of conversations for this community.
Orange Sky Laundry is a catalyst for conversation. In the one hour time it takes to wash and dry someone's clothes there is absolutely nothing to do but sit down on one of the 6 orange chairs and have a positive and genuine conversation between our everyday volunteers and everyday friends on the street.
See attached pdf for the latest locations and times.
MEGA provides all mothers, grandmothers and mothers to be, of all backgrounds with access to free and low cost exercise options.
All MEGA events are facilitated by volunteer mums who are just as keen as you to encourage others to get out and about and into a healthier lifestyle.
The events are also child friendly (unless otherwise advertised) so not only are you able to bring your children to events, you are also introducing them to exercise and encouraging the next generation into a healthy living.
Most importantly MEGA aims to provide a supportive and encouraging environment. They won’t judge you on your looks or background or exercise ability. You can attend one event a week or all events a week – there are no lock in contracts or fees to pay to be a member.
Check out the facebook page where you will find links to weekly MEGA sessions in your community.