3 March 2021

Free fitness classes in Eurobodalla parks encourage community to Live Life Get Active

| Sharon Kelley
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Former Olympian Jane Flemming wearing boxing gloves.

Olympian Jane Flemming says anyone can join in free fitness and yoga classes at Batemans Bay and Narooma. Photo: Supplied.

The Live Life Get Active program will be offered across the Eurobodalla Shire, with cross-training, boxing and yoga classes to be held in parks at Batehaven and Narooma on the NSW South Coast.

The program is the brainchild of Amanda King, who, seven years ago, invited former Olympian Jane Flemming to help launch and grow entry-level classes for people looking to start or return to a healthier lifestyle.

Eurobodalla Shire Council’s recreation development coordinator, Mathew Neason, saw the program at a local government sports conference and contacted Ms Flemming and her team.

“Live Life Get Active is a natural fit for Eurobodalla,” he said. “We’ve got the right locations and we’ve got plenty of people looking to live a healthier life, but lack the time for organised sports, or feel a bit overwhelmed at the gym.”

Ms Flemming said costs are covered so all people have to do is turn up.

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“Our classes are run by qualified local trainers and yoga instructors to make sure the classes are professional, fun and friendly for those beginning or restarting their health journeys,” she said.

“We know team sports are an excellent way to stay fit, and research shows people are moving towards active recreation – things such as yoga, bootcamp, walking and cycling – and Live Life Get Active aligns with that.

“We find that some of our Live Lifers go on to join gyms or get involved in organised sports, while others continue exploring new ways to get out in the great outdoors.”

Mr Neason said Eurobodalla Shire Council will pilot the program for 12 months, and there are opportunities for businesses to get involved.

“We’ve had Club Catalina come onboard to partner an additional Saturday class at Corrigan’s [Beach],” he said.

“Classes such as these provide nearby retailers and cafes [the opportunity] to build friendships and community when participants visit after classes.”

Ms Flemming said Live Life Get Active also provides opportunities for local fitness trainers and yoga instructors.

“These are rewarding 12-month casual opportunities for trainers to develop their own skills and nurture their own businesses,” she said.

“Once signed up, there’s up to 200 days of classes, more than $1000 of equipment supplied, and advertising and bookings done for them. Plus, they can use our equipment for their business outside our program.”

For more information or to sign up as a participant or trainer, visit Live Life Get Active.

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