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We could all do with less alcohol in our lives … #SundaySessions is here to help you push back against boozy weekends and start your week right.

So, every Sunday in March we’re offering free health and well-being activities at your local Recreation Centre that will be available to everyone.

Get involved in:

  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Boxing
  • Spin
  • Body pump and much more!

Bring friends and family along to have fun and feel good … Together let’s take Sundays back!

Find Your Nearest Centre

Due to COVID-19, all Recreation Centres have closed. #SundaySessions is no longer running. Sorry for this inconvenience, thank you for your interest in the program.

 During this time it’s important to stay active where you’re able to. There’s lots of evidence to show that being physically active helps prevent infections. Exercise increases blood flow and body temperature, both of which have been shown to help fight infection. Exercise also reduces stress hormones – being stressed increases your risk of infection. 

Please make sure you sneeze and cough into a tissue or bent elbow and practice good hand hygiene. Washing you hands well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then making sure they are dry is the best way to get rid of virus cells on your skin. If you don’t have access to soap and water – hand sanitizer will help kill virus on your skin too. 

Please follow Government advice in maintaining social distancing. 

FAQs

What is Sunday Sessions?

During March we’re encouraging people to think about their relationship with alcohol. Sunday Sessions are here to help you push back against boozy weekends (whether it’s a big night out or just a few quiet ones) and make the most of Sunday.

So, we’re offering free exercise and wellbeing activities on Sunday mornings during March 2020 at the following participating centres;

  • Ashburton Pool & Recreation Centre
  • Boroondara Sports Complex
  • Hawthorn Aquatic & Leisure Centre
  • Kew Recreation Centre
  • Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre
  • Monash Aquatic & Recreation Centre

Make the most of your Sunday.  

Everyone is welcome and there is no cost to participate.

What type of activities are on offer?

Access selected group fitness activities held before 12pm at participating centres. Activities include:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Boxing
  • Body Pump
  • Aquatics
  • Cycling/Spin
  • Zumba
  • Body Combat and more

Check out the interactive map on sundaysessions.org.au to find out what time classes are running near you.  

How do I join an activity?

Once you’ve picked a class, it’s as easy as showing up.

Just arrive 15 mins before the start of the class, mention the Sunday Sessions program and the class you’d like to join to our friendly reception team

Example: “Hello, I’m here for the Sunday Sessions program. I’d like to join the 9am Yoga class please”.

Once reception sign you in, you’re free to join the class.

It’s as simple as that!

How does going to the gym change my relationship with alcohol?

There is a strong relationship between physical activity and level of alcohol use, as regular physical activity can significantly help you to decrease alcohol consumption.

Studies have shown the more physically active you are, the less you tend to drink. The natural release of dopamine you get from exercise prevents turning to the unnatural dopamine release alcohol provides you with.

When you start to drink less alcohol, your body receives a big boost in energy and motivation. This makes it easier to complete task and participate in physical activity.

For more information on the relationship between drinking and exercise follow this link: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/healthyliving/alcohol

Why is this program only offered on a Sunday?

Participating in physical activity early on a Sunday morning provides a great opportunity to drink less on the Friday and Saturday nights before. Being active on a Sunday morning is also a great way to make the most of your weekend and start your week feeling fresh and active.

What are the benefits of drinking less alcohol?

There are many physical, mental and social benefits to drinking less alcohol.

Drinking less improves mental health, better long-term physical health, and can help you to spend less money.

For more information on the benefits of drinking less follow this link: https://www.drinkaware.ie/facts/benefits-of-cutting-down

I’m already a paid member of a participating recreation centre, can I suspend my membership for March to participate in Sunday Sessions?

You are not permitted to suspend membership payments during March to attend Sunday Sessions. If you suspend your membership during March at your local recreation centre, you will not receive any midweek and Saturday benefits as well as gym access on Sunday. Sunday Sessions is a great opportunity to bring a friend along who has never been to the gym before to get involved in fun and free physical activities.

For more information about your membership – please speak to the staff at your recreation centre.

What if the class I want to join is full?

On the unlikely event your chosen class is at maximum capacity, the recreation centre may be able to provide you with access to use their other facilities. It’s a good idea to get in early to make sure you get a spot in the class you’re interested in. If the class is full, speak to the reception staff at the recreation centre about other chances to get active on Sunday Mornings.

Should I still come to Sunday Sessions with the current threat of COVID-19?

Due to COVID-19, all recreation centres have closed. These include:

  • Boroondara Sports Complex,
  • Kew Recreation Centre,
  • Hawthorn Aquatic and Leisure Centre,
  • Ashburton Pool and Recreation Centre.
  • Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre and
  • Monash Aquatic and Recreation Centre

It's important to stay active. There's lots of evidence to show that being physically active helps prevent infections. Exercise increases blood flow and body temperature, both of which have been shown to help fight infection. Exercise also reduces stress hormones - being stressed increases your risk of infection. 

Make sure you sneeze and cough into a tissue or bent elbow and practice good hand hygiene. Washing your hands well with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and then making sure they are dry is the best way to get rid of virus cells on your skin. If you don't have access to soap and water - hand sanitizer will help kill the virus on your skin too. 

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