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1 April 2022

Get Active April: join our fun events to fit more movement into your day

We all know that exercise is good for us but, despite our best intentions, it can sometimes feel like life gets in the way. While daylight hours may be getting shorter and assignments are rolling in, it’s important to implement ways to keep moving every day for optimal health, just like we would commit to a study routine. 

Finding an activity you enjoy is vital and we can all stay active in so many ways, whether you like skateboarding, playing basketball, jogging or simply walking the dog. It doesn’t have to be a big deal either. Committing to just 30 minutes of daily exercise – even incidental movements such as strolling around campus or parking further away and walking the last leg to your classes – can improve your energy levels, mood, sleep quality and study efforts, and hopefully spur you on to keep going with your new-found habit!

We believe fitness is for every body

Deakin is a strong supporter of the Get Active Victoria and This Girl Can campaigns, both of which encourage movement for all individuals regardless of your starting fitness level or capabilities. 

Get Active Victoria aims to support every Victorian to move more, every day, and offers free fitness advice and tools to help you stay moving and motivated.

In partnership with VicHealth, This Girl Can Victoria is about breaking stereotypes and inspiring all women to be active without fear of judgment: we celebrate all women who are giving their all, or giving it a go, but not giving a damn. 

Get active with us this April

In the spirit of encouraging everyone to move more for better health, this month DeakinACTIVE is hosting a range of free Get Active April activities online and on campus to help you reach at least 30 minutes of movement each day. Give it a try and see how you feel by the end of the April – we predict you’ll finish the month feeling great and fully energised to tackle your final assessments for T1!

Check out the Active April activities on campus and online during the entire month of April (except during 15–19 April over the Easter break). You can see full details and book all DeakinACTIVE activities via the DeakinMOVES app

Every MOVE counts

Join one of our monthly challenges on DeakinMOVES to start building your 30 minutes of movement each day. It’s a great way to tally up all your activity over the intra-trimester break and possibly score a prize for your efforts!

To sign up and view full terms and conditions, log into the DeakinMOVES app. You can also work out and attend fitness classes at DeakinACTIVE as usual during opening hours – see you there!

Online Wellbeing classes

Can’t make it to class, studying off campus or just need some time to decompress for a mental health break? Join us for our free online wellness classes running from Monday to Thursday each week in April (except public holidays). We’ll be holding yoga, meditation and pilates classes via Zoom – register now

Join us in Pride Week

As part of Deakin’s Pride Week (Monday 4–Friday 8 April), during which we celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community, DeakinACTIVE are offering free gym access between 7–10am, Monday to Friday to our LGBTIQ+ community (please see reception and complete a casual user form before your workout).

Your Student Association is also hosting a Social Soccer Tournament and launching an exciting range of ‘Come and Try’ activities to get everyone mingling as we move! The DUSA Social Soccer Tournament (Friday 8 April, 12–4pm in Melbourne) is open to all students of all abilities. You can register with friends or as an individual, and there’ll be plenty of prizes and medals to be won on the day! Get moving and sign up today – registrations close 3 April.

Enjoy an evening of Social Sports

Join in the fun on campus Thursday 7 April, 5–6pm, where you can meet new people and blow off some steam. Take a break from study and come down and play basketball, futsal, badminton, volleyball and dodgeball (dodgeball Burwood only), all students are welcome. Sign up today at Burwood or Waurn Ponds!

This Girl Can

Be strong, be powerful, be you! As part of This Girl Can week (Monday 11–Thursday 14 April), DeakinACTIVE are offering all women access to the gym for free between 7–10am, Monday to Friday). It’s simple, visit reception and complete a casual user form before your workout. 

NEW! Waterfront Group Fitness Classes

We may not have a fitness centre at the Waterfront Campus but now we’re coming to you with a range of group fitness classes! Running from 26 April–27th May, this five-week program includes bootcamp and pilates classes three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays, except public holidays). There are limited places so buy your pass online today (you will need to create an account first). You can access the whole program for only $175 ($150 for Res students)! Find out more via the Active April events webpage.

Join in this Active April!

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