If there is one thing that I am passionate about, it is the health and well being of myself and my family! I am constantly striving to be the best version of myself, and a lot of that involves nourishing my body with good food and exercise. Since having kids, it is even more important for me to be setting a great example so that they too will grow to have the same values when they are older and more independent.
During the cooler and wetter months, it can be easy to spend too much time inside – which I find can lead to way too much screen time! Personally, I find that we all go a little crazy when we’ve spent too much time at home, so we make an effort to get outdoors as much as possible. Luckily for us, we live in the Town of Victoria Park, so getting out and about is made easy thanks to our gorgeous surroundings! We are walking distance to the Vic Park strip, where we enjoy grabbing a coffee, some sushi, or browsing the local boutiques. The kids also love that we have so many parks and playgrounds close by, one of our favourites is just down the road!
You can imagine my delight when I was contacted by Your Move, an initiative by the Department of Transport, to blog about how we swap a few car trips a week and get out and about in our community in more active ways! Of course I want to encourage other mothers to live a healthier, more active life, so I jumped at the chance.
So, here are a few of our favourite ways to get more active in our community:
WALKING TO A LOCAL PARK:
Our local park has recently had an upgrade, which is the best news for our family! Instead of a small, outdated playground, we now have 3 playgrounds at the one park. There is also a cafe across the road, perfect for a takeaway coffee for all those tired mamas, a bus stop right out the front, and a Little Free Library. So all my ‘park essential’ boxes are ticked – enclosed playground with no sand and great coffee across the road!
Even on rainy days, we try to make an effort to get down to the park. We pick a time when the rain has cleared or it’s only sprinkling, rug up in our wet weather gear, and walk down to the park in the pram. If I feel like the clear skies are limited, we can also jump on the bus and take it a few stops down to the park.
If you haven’t yet stumbled across a Little Free Library yet, you’re missing out! Little Free Library is a nonprofit organisation which encourages a love of reading within communities. The concept is simple, within the little wooden libraries you will find free books to take as you please. They only ask that if you can, you donate some books back to the library, or return the books you borrowed once you have finished enjoying them. There are 3 Little Free Libraries that I know of in the ToVP, and the kids and I love having a peek inside as we walk past and lending an exciting book.
WALKING TO THE LOCAL SHOPS:
If we are in need of a slightly longer walk, I’ll pop both of the kids in to our double pram and walk them down to our local shopping centre. It’s about 2km to walk in to the Park Centre, with a bridge in between which really gets the heart pumping when I’m pushing over 30kg of children and pram! In the summer, you’ll usually find us down at the local farmers markets on a Friday night, or Sunday morning. However all year round we love to visit The Source Bulk Foods and grab our pantry staples, as well as a few sneaky treats for the kids and I, which are both delicious and good for you.
The Source provide bulk produce, which you purchase as little or as much as you please. Their selection includes nuts, pasta, tea, honey, protein balls, chocolate, dried fruit, spices and even kombucha on tap! Everything you need to stock your pantry is at The Source, and your shopping trip can be completely waste free. You can take your own bottles, containers or bags to refill, or use the paper bags provided. They also have jars available to purchase in store.The kids love the vibe at The Source, the staff are super friendly and looking in to all of the produce bins to find something to snack on is always fun. Charlie is also obsessed with kombucha, and is lucky enough to have a taste tester almost every time we’re in store!
I hope that this post has encouraged you to find new ways to leave the car behind and get around your community, even during winter! I believe that staying active is so important for the health and wellbeing of mums and their children, and I think that Your Move is doing a wonderful thing by promoting that! With the help of a little planning, and the right wet weather gear, walking down to the park for half an hour is really not as daunting as it can initially seem! There is plenty of information on the Your Move website, including a journey planner and a list of ‘What’s On’ within the community.
If you have a little one who is school age, or you work within the CBD, and you’re wanting to swap a car trip for public transport or walking/riding – you could be eligible to receive a $20 SmartRider and a coffee voucher to use at the end of your trip. Take the quiz at www.yourmove.org.au/quiz to find out.
Have fun and travel safe! x
Photographer: Belinda Rae Photography
Teagan’s crops: Mummactiv
Kids clothes: Max and Hound