This is the latest in our series of Premier’s Active April articles, showcasing a variety of ways to #stayactive.  Being physically active during this time of social distancing is vitally important so that we maintain good physical and mental health and keep our stress levels at bay. 

The world’s a bit upside down at present and it’s very easy to not feel like yourself.

Doing 30 minutes of exercise a day is an easy and free way to boost both your physical and mental health.

Research shows that keeping active can:

  • help lift mood through improved fitness and the release of natural chemicals in the brain
  • help improve sleeping patterns
  • increase energy levels
  • help block negative thoughts and/or distract people from daily worries
  • And lastly, but not least given the current situation, regular physical activity is great for your immune system.

VicHealth have some excellent information on ways to #stayactive.

Since commencing work from home, I have set a new routine and with an extra two hours of time up my sleeve where I would usually be commuting, I have been able to include more time for exercise.

I have started running again and have set a new personal goal to achieve by the end of May.  This will be extended if the current COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.  I have also started participating in yoga sessions through free YouTube channels which has improved my flexibility and balance, and eased stress levels.

If you live, work or play in Ballarat be sure to join the #activeselfies campaign.
Simply take an active selfie and include these hash tags in your post –#activeselfies #activeapril2020 #activeballarat 
#stayhome.  You will go into the running to win a three-month GOLD membership to the Ballarat Aquatic and Lifestyle Centre and an InterSport goodie bag!  *Competition open to anyone who lives, works or plays in the City of Ballarat.  The winner will be notified via social media in early May.

If you live, work or play in Hepburn: 
Step 1 – Visit and register for 2020.
Step 2 – Join the local Hepburn community team – Name: Active Hepburn Shire Team ID: active-hepburn-shire
Step 3 – Start logging your activity minutes!
#activehepburnshire #Helpinghepburn #Healthyhepburnshire

If you live, work or play in Ararat or Pyrenees: 
Register with Active April (see above) and send your selfie photo to from Grampians Pyrenees Primary Care Partnership to share and promote the awesome ways your community are staying active.

If you use a mobile device that is iOS or Android, you can download the Premiers Active April mobile app and log your minutes and access the online workouts through this.

Register for Premier’s Active April, join a local team, check out the online workouts and don’t forget to # your posts!

Natalie Grero
Project Coordinator