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Fitness and Sport for Expats in Australia

Submitted: July 2013

Whether you prefer participating in sporting events or spectating, Australia has a busy sporting calendar with numerous activities throughout the year catering to a wide variety of tastes. A recent survey suggests that up to 70% of the total population participates in some form of physical activity at least once a week for exercise, recreation or professional practice. The most popular physical activities include walking, aerobics, swimming, cycling, tennis and golf, while football is the most watched sport. With that said, you are guaranteed a vibrant sporting scene which caters to your taste. Below is a summary of some of the activities which are available which may interest you.

Cycling and Mountain Biking – the large open areas of Australia facilitate these activities and as such there are numerous clubs throughout the country which cater to riders of all abilities. Cycling organizations in Australia include Mountain Bike Australia (https://audax.org.au/public/), Cycling Australia (https://www.cycling.org.au/) and Audax Australia (https://audax.org.au/public/). More information can be obtained by visiting their websites.

Golf – Australia’s sunny climate and outdoor lifestyle has helped golf to become one of the country’s more popular sports and it is played all year around. Competitive golf in Australia is overseen by Golf Australia (https://www.golf.org.au/), their website provides a wealth of information about the sport and resources to help you find your perfect gulf club.

Water Sports – many water sports are made available including surfing, diving and snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking. Schools are also available for those who want to learn or improve their skills.

Australia came fourth in the total medal count in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. This speaks volumes about the many other sporting activities available and the sporting prowess of this nation. Regarded as one of the top cricketing nations in the world, and an up-and-coming figure in international football, it is no surprise that this country has so many activities on offer. If you are interested in finding a sport club or obtain information about a particular sport, the following resource provided by Australian Government may prove useful. - https://www.ausport.gov.au/participating/find_a_sporting_club

If you are an avid sport fan, you may want to keep abreast of all sporting events in Australia. The following link provides a calendar of all major events, allowing you to plan ahead and be prepared on the date. - https://www.theroar.com.au/sports-calendar/

Exercising at the gym is the second most popular physical activity in Australia. Accordingly, there are numerous gyms scattered across each territory which adds to Australia’s vibrant fitness industry. Gyms vary from:

  • 24-hour gyms which are known to offer relatively low membership costs and flexible hours.
  • High-service studios which actually have staff that can assist you, as opposed to just having access to the equipment.
  • There are also high-service gyms which offer the services of a personal training studio.

When searching for a particular gym, choosing a gym that is part of a chain may provide ease of mind, as opposed to newly formed gym with no affiliations. You may also want to enquire whether the gym has insurance in the event of an injury. Some of the more popular gym chains in Australia are Anytime Fitness (over 260 clubs), Jetts Fitness (over 195 clubs), Snap Fitness (over 95 clubs) Plus 24/7 Fitness (over 80 clubs) and Stepz Fitness which currently operates from 9 locations.

The cost of gym membership varies depending on location and services which are available. Based on average values, one should expect to pay within or near the range of  A$65 and A$85. Some gyms offer a free trial period, before actually paying for membership you should enquire whether or not this option is available. Additionally, for help locating a gym that is near to you, the following resource can be of great help - https://www.goodgymguide.com.au/index.htm

 

 

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