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14 May, 2021

Gazzas Goss: It's never too late to Active8

IF YOUR New Year’s resolution was to become a leaner and meaner athlete, or maybe just a bit fitter and the nearest you’ve got since, is running a bath, well, all is not lost, as there are still a couple of months to go of the Douglas Shire Council’s Active8 Free Fitness Program.


Let’s face it, if you don’t enjoy certain exercises, you won’t keep it up. Have you ever joined a gym, turned up enthusiastically for a month and then simply drifted away? Maybe you’ve passionately purchased some sophisticated exercise equipment, as seen on some TV Shopping Channel. These often end up either as a convenient clothes horse or rusty item at the local dump recycling shop.

Well, the Active8 Programs are different, as they’re fun, group activities. These free entry level fitness programs encompass a wide range of work out options, for adults and kids, with accredited instructors.  No equipment is necessary, just take a water bottle and a towel.

First up is the Tai Chi For Health Program held on Tuesdays from 9am, at beautiful Rex Smeal Park, Port Douglas. This is great to improve balance, strength and coordination. Sounds like what I need on a
Friday night!

This is also available in Diwan, at Alexander Bay Sports Club, on Thursdays at 10.00am, overlooking the beautiful rainforest with Master Instructor Yoshi. 

Then there’s Zumba In The Park on Wednesdays at 5.15pm. Trust me, it’s a lot of fun but will certainly get your heart rate up. Active8 Zumba incorporates routines and step aerobics with Latin dance rhythms. The class is held in Dixie Park, next to the Sugar Wharf.

Back at Rex Smeal Park and there’sJUST START FITNESS on Thursdays at 9am. Simply just good fun and motivating, with social workouts.

Now to Mossman and one for the Golden Oldies with SENIORS MOVEMENT & PARKOUR at Mossman Gymnastics Club, Fridays at 10:30am. This challenges balance and fitness in a safer environment but again, it’s all about fun.

If you like swimming then try LOW INTENSITY AQUAFIT at Mossman Pool, Wednesdays 10-11am run by the fun-loving instructor Helen.  Dance, move and socialise in some H2O.

Do check the Douglas Shire Council’s website for details on these programs as some require registration and may be subject to change.

Until next week though, it’s Gazza signing out!! Send your stories to; can catch up with Gazza each
weekday afternoon between 4-7 pm  on 90.9 FAB FM in Port Douglas.

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