Ways to Hit the Green Gym.
*Carry a garbage bin and pick up stick and just do your own environmental clean up whenever and wherever you see it is needed. Nature will thank you.
* Bush Camp, collect your own firewood where this is allowed and do not take hollow logs as they are habitat for wildlife. Bush walk and hike hills and mountains.
*Hit the Green Gym by volunteering for a green project, there are many.
Werribee residents are being encouraged to hit the gym for some exercise of a different nature – simply by heading along to the recently formed Green Gym volunteer group at Werribee River Regional Park.
Adam Smolak, Conservation Volunteers & Partnership Project Manager, says Parks Victoria and Conservation Volunteers have partnered to run several Green gym programs around Victoria and the new group at Werribee River is looking for more volunteers.
“Green Gym is ideal for people who are not working full time – we’ve had retirees, students and job seekers join previous groups. It’s a great opportunity to keep active – both physically and socially. Our volunteers often comment that they enjoy the social side of the program as much as the physical side.” Mr Smolak said.
Green Gym is a great way to get active, spend time outdoors and meet new people – while helping the environment. Volunteers get to help activities such as tree planting, rubbish clean ups, weeding, track maintenance and flora and fauna surveys.
Parks Victoria’s Health Adviser GP Dr Rob Grenfell, says the natural environment is the perfect place to keep us healthy at all ages and life stages – as children, as adults, and as seniors.
“There’s a considerable body of evidence that shows contact with the natural world is fantastic for our mental health and wellbeing, by helping us de-stress and feel good about ourselves.”
“Getting out into nature is a prescription for good health so I’d encourage Werribee residents to join Green Gym.”
Green Gym Project Officer, Jade Fogarty says Green Gym is a great way to contribute to Werribee’s new park along the Werribee River, and the volunteers will enjoy the parks features which include wetlands, coastal salt marsh and views of spectacular escarpments. The park will provide important wetland habitat for a range of waterbirds.
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