Help getting fit

Jessica Micallef

Free outdoor fitness classes will be made available to Macedon Ranges residents next month.

Macedon Ranges council will deliver programs and facilities to support people of all ages and abilities to use outdoor exercise equipment and open spaces.

From March 1, the council will hold four weeks of free inclusive training at outdoor fitness stations in Gisborne, Romsey, Kyneton and Woodend.

The council’s assets and operations director Shane Walden said funding from Healthy Heart of Victoria has enabled the council to enhance outdoor exercise stations across the shire.

He said additions like water fountains, seats, bike stands, connecting paths, lighting and signs have helped make the spaces more inclusive and accessible.

“The free fitness classes … will cater for all levels and abilities,” he said.

“There will be sessions tailored for teenagers and seniors, as well as general classes for people wanting to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

“It’s not only an opportunity to access free fitness training from a qualified instructor, but it’s also a great way to get out and connect with other community members.”

Interested residents are encouraged to visit the council’s website for details on class times, locations and how to book.

The council’s website will also host sample programs and videos for those who prefer to exercise at their own pace.

Classes are subject to COVID-19 restrictions and will be capped to operate in a COVID-safe manner.

Details and bookings: