A smiling woman in black workout gear uses outdoor fitness equipment while a polo-shirted personal trainer looks on.

Published on 01 June 2022

7 ways for winter fun and fitness

Don’t let this burst of wild and woolly weather force you into winter hibernation!

There are a range of fun ways to keep active and healthy (and warm) in the City of Onkaparinga right now for all ages.

Whether you’re looking to swim laps, play team sports, keep the kids active and entertained, get in the gym, exercise outdoors, pound the pavement or learn a new skill such as skateboarding or Muay Thai, council’s programs have you covered.

Check out the list of seven ways to keep active and healthy below and choose the options that suit you to realise your winter fitness goals.

1. Visit the Noarlunga Aquatic Centre

Noarlunga Aquatic Centre offers a variety of activities such as leisure and lap swimming, and fun swims that include the use of the crazy race inflatable and Tarzan rope.

Swimming lessons are offered six days a week for babies to adults of all abilities. Aqua babies—a semi-structured sensory play session—is the latest program.

There’s also a poolside sauna and spa for when you need to unwind and recover.

The centre includes a fully equipped gym with qualified instructors to support you through your journey.

For those that want variety and support, there is a wide selection of group fitness classes to select from that includes aqua aerobics, Les Mills, freestyle classes and specific 50+ classes such as Strength for Life.

2. Head to your local recreation centre

There’s a wealth of options to stay active in winter by visiting one of City of Onkaparinga’s recreation centres.

The Noarlunga Recreation Centre currently supports a number of activities including female and mixed netball, male and mixed basketball, roller-skating, boxing, darts league and roller derby.

The Aldinga Recreation Centre currently comprises of one court and a fully equipped health club, with group fitness facilities.

The Seaford Recreation Centre comprises three courts, a fully equipped gym, a group fitness room and crèche.

3. Play a round at Willunga Golf Course

Golf is a great way to keep your steps up, and thankfully Onkaparinga has the Willunga Golf Course—set among historic gum trees and a meandering creek with superb views of the vines and hills—on its doorstep.

The course features 18 challenging holes with lush tree-lined fairways and expansive grass greens, and it’s available to the public any time except Saturdays before 1pm. Online memberships are now available.

4. Join an outdoor exercise session

Outfit Onkaparinga (pictured) offers free outdoor group exercise sessions with a personal trainer for adults of all ages.

Operating each weekday, current sessions are located at Christie Downs, Moana, Christies Beach, Flagstaff Hill and Maslin Beach and all commence at 9.30am.

Outfit Onkaparinga is part of council’s Healthy Active Lifestyles Onkaparinga (HALO) program, which is designed to help the community to ‘Find your 30’ minutes of moderate-to-intense physical activity each day.

5. Beat your PB with a weekly five-kilometre parkrun (or walk)

parkrun is a free timed 5km community group run, jog or walk at Christies Beach, Aldinga Beach, Reynella East, Moana and Shiraz Trail (McLaren Vale) at 8am every Saturday morning.

It’s suitable for all ages, is supported by volunteers, and forms part of council’s HALO program offerings.

6. Join your local Heart Foundation Walking group

Heart Foundation Walking is a free community initiative that uses local volunteer walk organisers to lead small groups of people on walks in the local area.

Walks are scheduled on a regular basis and are conducted in a fun, supportive and social atmosphere.

Heart Foundation Walking forms part of council’s HALO program offerings.

7. Aged 6-16? Join Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation’s free sport and recreation programs

The Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation is collaborating with the City of Onkaparinga to provide free sport and active recreation programs for the local community.

The program’s focused at Niipu-niipu Wama/Morton Park in Christie Downs and the programs are open to anyone aged six-to-16.

There are three programs every week after school, with school holidays featuring a number of programs, as well as a community event held annually.

Current programs open for registrations are free Term 2 sessions on tennis, Muay Thai and skateboarding.