A West Wodonga mother is forgoing any excuses not to exercise this April, taking her 11-month-old son along with her.
Melissa Hingston, with baby Ezekiel, is taking up the challenge to improve her fitness as part of the Victorian health initiative Premier’s Active April.
Organisers want teams of families, friends, workmates or school children to commit to 30 minutes of exercise per day in return for gifts including free gym passes.
Healthy Together Wodonga has developed a calendar including bike riding, dancing, tai chi and yoga available for free or at a low cost.
Healthy Together Wodonga’s Claire Taylor said the aim was to get people into a habit of daily exercise they would continue beyond the first month.
“Get active with your family in April and start thinking how you can bring it into your life into the future,” she said.
Ms Taylor said health benefits included improved mental health and wellbeing, weight reduction, disease prevention and life extension.
She said incidental exercise, such as taking the stairs or walking to work or school, was just as important.
Visit activeapril.vic.gov.au to register and track your progress.
The calendar of activities on offer in Wodonga will go live at wodonga.vic.gov.au/healthytogether tomorrow.