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Seven ways to keep fit in your neighbourhood

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Nourish mind and body at your local sport and recreation facilities as summer turns to autumn.

Here is just a small sample of what’s on offer in the coming months for people of all ages and interests, from lacrosse to live action role play.

1. Bring-your-bub yoga

Exercise in a fun and supportive environment at North Melbourne Recreation Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10am. These yoga sessions for mums and babies involve specialised post-natal exercise designed to help women regain strength and fitness, with a focus on core strength and the pelvic floor. Classes cost $9.75, including pool entry.

2. Club sport

Find fitness and friendship by joining a local sports teams as a player, trainer or helping hand. Choose from footy, soccer, touch football, baseball, live action role play, rugby, softball, lacrosse and more. Winter clubs have commenced preseason training, so now is the perfect time to enquire. Explore the Active Melbourne Directory to find a club near you.

3. Women’s tennis coaching

Go from a complete beginner to a confident social player so you can feel good about playing with friends and taking part in local tennis matches. Royal Park Tennis Club is offering women’s beginner coaching with a professionally accredited coach on Thursdays and Sundays during school terms. The cost is $80 for eight weeks.

4. Y Streetball

Join a fun, free and welcoming community basketball program for adults experiencing homelessness or disadvantage. Join the fun on Tuesdays from 4pm to 6pm and Sundays from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at North Melbourne Community Centre. No skills or sports clothes are required. There is also a session for people with special needs on Tuesdays from 11am to 1pm.

5. Self-defence workshop

Gain confidence and learn techniques to defend yourself. Professional trainers run adults mixed self-defence sessions for adults at The Hub @ Docklands on Harbour Esplanade every Sunday at 10am. On 21 February, there will be a day-long workshop specially tailored for women. To find out more, visit the Empower Tactical schedule or enquire through The Hub.

6. School holiday fun

Keep the kids entertained during the April school holidays with inflatable pool toys at Kensington Community Recreation Centre on 6 and 13 April from 1pm to 3pm. Then head over to Kensington Town Hall on for a fun day (featuring arts, crafts and a jumping castle) on 11 April from 1pm to 4pm, and movie night (BYO beanbag) on 16 April from 7pm.

7. Skate skills

Show off your moves or marvel at the cool kids in action at Riverslide Skate Park. Check out the Moomba BMX, scooter and skate competition from 5 to 8 March, then learn to skate at weekly skate club sessions during the April school holidays, including dedicated sessions for girls and beginners. To find out more, visit Riverslide.

To find out more about ways to keep fit in your community, visit Active Melbourne.

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