Free Ways to Get Fit
move your body without touching your wallet
A change of season always brings a renewed sense of self.
And if you're anything like us, a renewed sense of 'oh yeah, I haven't done anything about that New Year's resolution yet...' There's something about those sub-zero Toowoomba mornings that's reallyyyy demotivating.
But with thinner layers and warmer mornings coming in, now is the perfect time to get yourself moving – whatever your fitness level. Here are some completely free groups and classes that will get you off the couch and out into this beautiful city.
This free 5km walk/run is perfect for people of all fitness and enthusiasm levels. Run by volunteers, you can have the option to time your runs/walks to give you a measurement to improve by. Or you can just go for a beautiful walk with your family.
The Queens Park is the most popular, held each Saturday from 7am, and people come from all over town to participate. But there is also a parkrun in Middle Ridge/South Toowoomba and Highfields. Register here.
You can then wander over to the Cobb + Co Markets to pick up some fresh produce, or refuel at Café Valetta.
We're fans of bush walking here at The Field Guide – it's outdoors, you can hang out with friends, and you can choose something that suits your level (and motivation).
Obviously there's Table Top, a two-hour walk/scramble to one of the best views in the city. But there's also plenty of other options that are more children/dog/lazy friendly.
The Council has a list of walks all around the region, so pick one, fill up your water bottle, and get moving.
If you've ever been having breakfast at Ortem and wondered why there are so many people in lycra, you can thank (or not thank) the Bikeline Group Ride.
The 25km ride happens every Wednesday morning at 5.30am and is set at a beginner pace. If you're up for more of a challenge, the Saturday rides are 32km – it's a loop of Prince Henry Heights, then out to USQ and then back to town for a coffee.
Call Bikeline for more information, or just show up.
Meditation is about making you mentally fit, so we've decided to include it here.
An initiative of the Toowoomba Regional Council's CHANGE Project, these free classes are held at the library several times a week. And if you're worried you'll be sitting cross-legged on the floor, chanting and humming, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Meditation is about sitting comfortably in silence and having control over your mind.
A large body of research is finding that people who regularly meditate have an improved focus, reduced anxiety and overall sense of health. Anyone can join these classes, and no bookings are required.
See all the times and places here.