If nothing else, the pandemic has taught us to ‘seize the day’ and given us a new appreciation for our beautiful outdoors. The peninsula is a beautiful place, so what better inspiration to get moving after so many months of not doing much at all.

Time to move those Covid kilos and remedy the sedentary screen time! Warmer weather means you can get outdoors without having to rug up. Lighter, longer days give you more time to go a little further. Why not try something you haven’t tried before? Set yourself a goal, create a family challenge, get together with a friend. It’s time to shake off the Covid blues with a bit of activity.

It’s all about balance so don’t forget your ‘internal fitness’. Grab a healthy meal along the way or even a take home meal from one of our Best Bites eateries that has demonstrated excellence in nutrition and healthy eating.

Getting active is good for your physical and mental health. It’s important for all ages, and more fun with someone else. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Walk it off

Want to start gently? Ease into your activity plan with a walk. Walk the dog, walk with the kids, walk along the beach, walk along the coast, take a bushwalk through local national parks. You can even do a local walking tour with RAW travel – they know all the great local tracks and can help you discover new ones with new people.

The relatively flat and meandering 30-kilometre Bay Trail from Sorrento to Safety Beach can be walked in sections. Fit a section in with your timetable and your activity level. Do a different section each time. Start with one and build up.  For a few extra muscle moves make use of the self guided fitness equipment that can be found along the way.

Want to go a bit faster? Step up the pace and aim for a local fun run like the 28 kilometre Two Bays Trail Run between Dromana and Cape Schanck. It’s on this coming January.

On your bike

Most of the Bay Trail along the Port Phillip coast is a wide shared pathway – for walkers and cyclists. It makes a perfect place to start your cycling campaign. With some shaded and some open sections, the scenery won’t disappoint. From the Collins First Settlement site at one end to the Martha Cove Marina at the other – there are plenty of coffee stop options at the towns and villages along the way.

If you prefer a little rosé on your ride – Cycling Vine Tours can help, whether self guided or part of a group.

For the more serious off-road riders there are great mountain bike tracks in the Arthurs Seat State Park. Pick up a map from the Mornington Peninsula Visitor Information Centre in Dromana then access them off Boundary Road or Arthurs Seat Road. If you want some friendly company and a little competition while you ride, join a community group like Red Hill Riders.

There are plenty of options for scooters and skateboards as well with eight skate bowls around the peninsula plus mobile ramps that visit other townships. You could try a different skate park every day of the week and two on Sunday!

Get in the swim

With water on three sides the peninsula is spoilt for choice of water activities to get you going. The team at Mornington Boat Hire can kit you out to try stand up paddle boarding or sea kayaking.

Swim with the dolphins in Port Phillip between October and March with Polperro Dolphin Swims or Moonraker Dolphin Swims, or learn to sail at Blairgowrie Yacht Squadron.

For some indoor pool action do a few laps or try a water aerobics class at the Yawa Aquatic Centre in Rosebud or Pelican Park Recreation Centre in Hastings. Both have great kids pools and school holiday programs too.

Always wanted to try surfing but didn’t know where to start? East Coast Surf School has twenty years of experience teaching people of all ages and abilities.

Need a motivator?

Doing regular activity in a group can be very rewarding. Find a local tennis club, pony club or bowls, football, soccer or cricket club on our Community Directory. Join a dance class at a local Community House. There are so many options.

Sometimes it’s hard to keep going yourself, and we need a helping hand. If you have health issues or injuries we can be unsure as to what we can do safely. Luckily there are professionals to suit every need and level.

Check out local personal trainers, pilates classes, gyms or a yoga studio like Hot Hut Yoga or Malu Yoga. There is even yoga for expecting mums with Avocado Baby.

Find a fitness and exercise business to suit your needs.

As our local businesses continue to reinvent local experiences, we can all make a difference. Stay, play and explore local to support local– you might be surprised what you rediscover in your own backyard.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges community to support local. Connect with local businesses on our Support Local Business Directory

Find lots of great local things to see and do by contacting one of our Visitor Information Centres by stopping by or calling to chat with one of our friendly local experts.

Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Support Local campaign urges community to support local. Connect with local businesses with our Support Local Business Directory

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