- Thursday 21 January 2021
One of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular fitness and wellness programs for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from is back and just in time for people to tackle their New Year’s resolutions for 2021.
Now in its fifth year, Sunshine Coast Council’s Healthy Sunshine Coast program will rollout across the region from the first week of February with a return of its Choose to Move campaign offering free and affordable activities in local parks and community venues.
Community Portfolio Councillor David Law urged people to join the movement by registering for Healthy Sunshine Coast and selecting activities to attend to set you on the path to improved health in 2021.
“We know 2020 was a challenging year for many people and we’re so pleased to be able to offer Healthy Sunshine Coast to our community once again,” Cr Law said.
“It’s a fun and affordable way to Choose to Move and connect to others in your local area. The program will help make 2021 their best and healthiest year yet.
“From February, many popular classes will return including indoor and outdoor exercise sessions, group fitness, yoga and Zumba with more free activities and new classes in different locations.
“A key focus of our Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 is to empower our community to live healthy and active lifestyles, which we hope to achieve this year through Healthy Sunshine Coast.”
Yoga teacher Eleisha Gleeson will be leading Healthy Sunshine Coast’s free community yoga in the Contemplation Garden at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha.
“There’s something very special about the Botanic Gardens. It’s a beautiful, open tranquil space where we get to connect with nature, the fresh air and even natural wildlife,” Ms Gleeson said.
“We’ve had owls there before, tree snakes and even a bush turkey wander past. The animals really tap into the energy, especially the kookaburras who will come down during the final relaxation.
“The most important thing people need to know is that yoga is for everyone and you will be very welcome at these classes.
“It’s not designed for a particular type of person or body. Regardless of your fitness level and experience this is a class for everyone to be part of.
“We’re all living under a lot of stress and anxiety and yoga is extremely beneficial to soothe the nervous system.
“It’s also a great opportunity to meet new people. Some people who have attended previous classes have then hung out together in the gardens afterwards and had a picnic. It’s created this beautiful community which is wonderful to see.”
Take the next step
In 2021 bookings for all classes are essential to keep everyone in our community safe. You must join the program first – it’s free to join – you’ll find the link on our webpage. Once you’ve completed your registration simply browse the activities on offer and contact each provider to book into the classes of your choice.
Once you’ve joined the program, you’ll receive regular e-newsletters and you can view the latest information on Healthy Sunshine Coast classes by visiting our webpage.
The Healthy Sunshine Coast program is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, is great for beginners or people returning to exercise and an ideal introduction to try something new.
Healthy Sunshine Coast Service Providers deliver programmed activities that are aligned to current COVID Safe practices as required by Queensland Health.
Image: Free community yoga in the Contemplation Garden at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Tanawha, features in Sunshine Coast Council’s Healthy Sunshine Coast program.