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Health and Wellbeing

11 Jun 2013

Get Active Southbank

Get Active Southbank is a free initiative which offers free exercise classes at Queensbridge Square for three consecutive Wednesdays during June.

Contemporary lifestyles have become increasingly sedentary. A reduction in physical activity is occurring throughout Australia with only 46 per cent of males and 30 per cent of females aged 15 to 24 years participating in levels of physical activity as recommended in the national guidelines.

Get Active Southbank presented by Active Melbourne City Sports (AMCS), Yarra Business Association and Southbank Local News is an initiative designed to get both the Southbank worker and resident populations to engage in free exercise sessions. These free sessions will incorporate a boot camp styled work-out that is tailored to suit all different levels of fitness.

By utilising lunchtime, this initiative will provide a unique opportunity for corporate workers to get out from behind their desk and refresh both the body and the mind.

The Corporate Challenge

Want to know the best possible way to spend your lunchbreak? It has to be the Corporate Challenge, a lunchtime sports competition that provides its participants a selection of fantastic sports in very convenient CBD locations.  Team based activities are a great way for corporate workers to interact outside the normal office environment, and some examples of the benefits our participants experience include:

Incorporating fun and fitness into your week;

Improved concentration and stress minimization; and

Building a more cohesive working environment.

The current repertoire of sports includes netball, soccer, basketball and lawn bowls. With a strong culture of inclusivity and sportsmanship, the Corporate Challenge has something for everyone.  Registrations open the end of June. For more information on this event, please visit the

AMCS website, www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amcs or call our offices 9604 8600.


Ditch the Desk

It has long been established that people living an active and healthy lifestyle enjoy increased energy, concentration and motivation in the workplace. Ditch the Desk is a fitness program developed to encourage workplaces to get out of the office and get active.

Guided by professional fitness experts, participants work at their own pace, are provided with helpful tips on how to improve their health and wellness and show you that being active can be very simple.

Ditch the Desk offers a range of different exercises that can be tailored to suit different levels of fitness. Ditch the Desk participants are not only directed but are also educated in the concept of health and wellness, providing them with ownership and knowledge to take forward in life.

Visit www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/amcs or contact amcs@ymca.org.au for more information.

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