Winter’s setting in and the great temptation for many people is to rug up, stay indoors and hunker down until spring when they should be moving about instead.
Villawood Properties and Active Geelong are taking this message to the streets with three-metre signage encouraging people to ‘GET ACTIVE’ along the Surf Coast Highway at Geelong’s Mount Duneed.
The benefits of staying active in the cooler months are too important to overlook. It might be a bit harder getting going in winter but keeping active, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, can be invigorating, increase your energy levels and even make you happier. And there are plenty of interesting things to do in winter, too, regardless of the level of activity you want.
The Geelong region’s three waterways – the Barwon River, Corio Bay and the Surf Coast – offer everything from walking, cycling or jogging in a great environment through to surfing, swimming, kayaking. You might need to rug or suit up but that’s half the fun.
The giant message complements Active Geelong’s recent Move More in May campaign, which aims to remind the community how important it is to maintain physical activity levels through the colder months.
Active Geelong chair Dr Hugh Seward says his organisation has engaged its many ambassadors to showcase the myriad ways they are getting out and about to exercise as the days get shorter and darker.
“We are encouraging people to maintain their physical activity routines year-round and perhaps think of new ways that they can tick this off despite the weather,” he says.
“We are proud to have some of Geelong’s industry and community leaders as ambassadors who are modelling active lifestyles and proving that just a little bit of physical activity can make a big difference.”
Photo: Grovedale Tigers netballer Mikaylah Hamilton, Active Geelong’s Pat Murnane and Janet Ashton, Harper Worpel with Villawood’s Rory Costelloe, along with Grovedale Tigers footballer Natalie Worpel get themselves moving at the Armstrong letters.
Villawood. ‘Get Active’ sign at Armstrong Creek. Picture: Mike Dugdale