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Active Indoors this May

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Active Indoors this May

Experts suggest at least two and a half hours of moderate or an  hour and a quarter of vigorous physical activity spread throughout the week but with the end of daylight saving comes the onset of longer nights, shorter days and cooler weather and it can get harder to find the motivation to get out and be active. 

Don’t let this stop you - the benefits of being active are worth it and include increased energy, less stress, better sleep, strong bones and muscles and reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, stroke, diabetes, some cancers, depression and falls.  So many good reasons to be active and Sport Bay of Plenty’s Play in the Bay initiative can help you do it. 

Play in the Bay is a calendar of ‘give it a go’ style activities and events to encourage more people to get active, have fun and try something new.  Each month is themed and activities are held all over the Bay of Plenty for all ages, fitness levels and abilities.

May is Indoors Month so you can still be active regardless of what the weather is doing.  Often providers will offer classes or activities at a reduced rate as an incentive for you to make the effort to have a go – check out the Indoors Month calendar for one off Play in the Bay specials. 

There are lots of exciting activities on offer during May – you can try Pilates, Zumba step, Aqua classes, Indoor Bowling and Badminton or for those wanting something a little easier there’s a number of fun, low impact classes on offer including Heartbeats, In-2-gr8 for Beginners, Green Prescription Spin class and Opotiki circuit class. 

If you seek more of a challenge the local gyms are offering a variety of classes including Boxfit, Zumba, X25, RPM Spin and Bodypump. Curves Gym are offering a free session for Play in the Bay so all you women who are keen to give it a go now is your chance.  For the younger age group there are Junior club nights for Squash and Badminton, Gymnastics and Therapeutic dance.

To see what else is on offer during Indoors month pick up a calendar from various spots around town including: Sport BOP, Whakatane Aquatic Centre, Whakatane District Council, Information Centres, 1XX or download a copy from  For more information about Play in the Bay contact Cathy Bell at Sport BOP on 07 3088304 or email

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