Be Active

Be Active, Be Alive 2017 Campaign & Program

Being active is easy this summer with Council’s free Be Active, Be Alive (BABA) Program. With over 150 free physical activity sessions on offer, delivered across 14 park and pool sites from 6 February – end of March 2017 this year’s program will be bigger and better than before!

Council’s BABA program offers exercise options for all levels of fitness, from beginner to more advanced and includes fun, new and innovative activities to get you moving.

There is no registration, just attend when you can and all activities are *free.
The program is delivered by qualified local instructors who are able to moderate each session to suit participants, with water and land based activities on offer and a wide range of activity options from mind & body, lite & easy to higher intensity sessions and everything in between. Why not try out the new fitness for life exercise to music fusion activity in new location – Queens Park, Bundaberg.
*Note: Pool entry fee applies for all pool activities (H20).

To Be Active this summer, pick up a hard copy program schedule from any Council Service Centre or download a program. Join with friends, or make some new ones at the exercise sessions and Be Active, Be Alive this February – March 2017.

For an outline of locations and session days and times where activities are held access the Be Active, Be Alive Program Schedule.

Find the full list of activities and program here

About Be Active, Be Alive

Be Active, Be Alive (BABA) is a free community based activity program, initiated by Council in 2012 with the aim to encourage more people across the Bundaberg region to become physically active. The award winning free parks and pools program was initially started with the help of State Government funding however the program has since been further developed and refined under Council’s “Healthy and Active” Charter to provide an inclusive mix of activities across our regions parks, pools and open spaces.

Stay Informed & Cancellations

To have fun and Be Active access a BABA Program Schedule today!

In special circumstances, such as health and safety concerns, an exercise session may be cancelled. Program updates or cancellations will be listed below by either 8.45am for morning sessions or by 4pm for afternoon sessions.

Cancellation:

14 March, 2017 - BABA FFL 5.15pm session at Alexandra Park Cancelled today due to severe weather warning issued for Wide Bay Burnett - issued by Bureau of Meteorology.

Wednesday 22 March, 2017 - BABA H20 5.00pm session at Gin Gin Pool Cancelled today due to substantial rainfall impacting the Gin Gin and surrounding district. 

Thursday 23 March, 2017 - BABA FFL 5.00pm session at Boreham Park Cancelled today due to substantial rainfall and forecast of continuing rain impacting Bundaberg today.

To stay up to date keep an eye on Move it Bundaberg Facebook page here.

For all Be Active, Be Alive inquiries contact the Sport and Recreation team on 1300 883 699 or Email: sportandrec@bundaberg.qld.gov.au

Important Information

Bundaberg Regional Council recommends that participants:

  • Drink an adequate amount of water while exercising. Take a water bottle along to every BABA session attended to ensure adequate hydration while exercising. Water is recommended for low intensity exercise up to or less than 1 hour (Nutrition Australia).
  • Be SunSmart while participating in BABA exercise sessions.  Wear a hat, apply sunscreen and seek shade.

For more information on hydration for exercise and sport go to: http://www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/resource/sports-nutrition

For more information on SunSmart practices go to: http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/reduce-your-risk/be-sunsmart.... https://cancerqld.org.au/cancer-prevention/understanding-risk/being-suns...

If you would like to know what to bring or who can participate in BABA access our frequently asked questions here

Be Active, Be Alive is an initiative of Bundaberg Regional Council to encourage more people to be active more often through sports, recreation and physical activity!

Bundaberg parkrun in 2017

Council has supported the introduction of free, weekly running events to be held at Queens Park on Saturdays between 6.30am and 8.30am, with the timed run kicking off from 7am. Bundaberg will become a new site for one of the many parkrun events, with 188 parkrun events currently held across Australia. parkrun Australia is a not-for-profit organisation established to benefit the health outcomes of communities. Their mission is to provide a free, weekly, timed 5 km running event to every community that wants one – thereby increasing participation in running and other sports throughout Australia.

The Bundaberg Initiative will offer residents the opportunity to participate in a free, weekly, timed 5 km running event which will be available each Saturday in Queens Park, commencing from February 11th, 2017. To get involved, register at parkrun online for a ‘free’ barcode which will enable you to receive a timed record of your run each time you participate.

If you are keen to introduce more exercise into your lifestyle give parkrun a try. The Bundaberg parkrun event is open to all standards – it’s you against the clock, so why not challenge yourself and give it a go! To find out more or register go to: http://www.parkrun.com.au/
Register: http://www.parkrun.com.au/register/form/

For parkrun Bundaberg event details go to the parkrun website and look up Bundaberg, Queensland under the events page.

Pedometer Loan Program

Do you want to become more active?

You can start TODAY by borrowing a pedometer for free. Pedometers are now available for loan through Bundaberg Regional Libraries.

You can use a pedometer to:

  • motivate yourself to stay active
  • measure your improved fitness
  • compare your steps with family and friends
  • increase the number of steps you take each day

Pedometers can be borrowed by individuals (a limit of one pedometer per person applies) for a period of four weeks.

To keep motivated while using your pedometer why not record your steps online, go to http://www.10000steps.org.au/.

To borrow a pedometer you will need to be a Bundaberg Regional Libraries card holder or be eligible to join Bundaberg Regional Libraries. Please complete the online application below to book yourself a pedometer, and then visit the library to collect your pedometer. Book your pedometer here

Disclaimer: There are a limited number of pedometers available for loan. You must be a library card holder (or eligible to join the Bundaberg Regional Libraries) to loan a pedometer.

Walking, Cycling and Fitness Hubs

Other ways to BE ACTIVE in our region includes to access one of the four outdoor fitness hubs located across our region, or access our beautiful pathways and trails to enjoy recreational walking or cycling. Go to: Sports Places and Spaces for more information, including to access the 10 Popular Rides Guide developed by the Bundaberg Regional Council and the Bundaberg Cycling Reference Group.

Sport and Recreation for Fun and Activity

To get involved in a local sport why not access Council’s Community Directory, or to have fun with your friends at some of Council’s outdoor sports ovals, parks, beaches or Swimming pools go to our Sports Places and Spaces page

Heartmoves - for Low Intensity Exercise

Heartmoves Heartmoves is a low to moderate intensity physical activity program which is designed to cater for adults with identified lifestyle risk factors and also those who have existing stable long term health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or obesity.

The program is delivered by accredited fitness instructors. The program was offered across the Bundaberg region throughout 2012 – 2014 under the Healthy for LIFE Project. For details of accredited Heartmoves providers in the Bundaberg Region go to: Heart Foundation Heartmoves

Heart Foundation Walking

Heart Foundation WalkingHeart Foundation Walking provides a network of community based walking groups which are FREE to join. Groups are led by volunteer Walk Organisers from within the local community. Why not join a walking group, make new friends while enjoying our mild climate and partaking in self-paced exercise.

Heart Foundation Walking groups are active in our community in Bargara and Bundaberg.

If you are interested in joining a Heart Foundation Walking group in your area, go to the Heart Foundation Walking web site to connect with a local group today.

General Guidelines for Being Active

  • Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.
  • Be active every day in as many ways as you can
  • For adults, do muscle strengthening activities on at least 2 days each week.

Note: This is a guide only. For the full Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines go to the Australian Government website, Department of Health

Did you know...

Being active can help you prevent or manage over twenty medical conditions including:

  • coronary heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • cancer
  • depression
  • obesity
  • back pain
  • osteoarthritis

 

Australian Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines

Coral Coast Pathways Brochures

Heart Foundation Heartmoves

Heart Foundation Walking

10,000 Steps

Queensland Government Get Active

Queensland Government Recreation and Sport

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