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Six activities and adventures to spice up your routine and add some energetic pep to your step

Sometimes the everyday gets a little monotonous, and we find ourselves searching for more. We may need a new hobby, a new mindset, or a more meaningful connection to our community. Maybe it’s time to try that quirky, slightly obscure activity you keep hearing about?

Why not try something new or different when you’re not thinking about what keeps the household running, the hot water hot, and the family fed? Here are six suggestions you may not have thought to try.

Tin Horse Highway Wheatbelt Kulin

Find your inner creative outlet at home or on the road

Organising a kids’ birthday party, whipping up a rainbow cake, or designing an invitation with a digital template doesn’t always give us the mental space to enjoy being creative. Sometimes, being creative can be more stressful than fun.

1. Join an art class or workshop, or follow an art trail in regional WA

Why not grab some friends and sit down to an arty workshop or take a drive to see some artistic talent in regional WA. Being creative and taking time away from your routine will give you some headspace, a few laughs, and even if you aren’t an artist, you might be inspired to factor in creative time-out more often.

Regional art trails

If you’re hitting the road, consider a loop around the Wheatbelt for various artistic roadside displays that will inspire you to see and experience more of WA.

An active outing of a different kind

Just 30 minutes of exercise a day strengthens your heart and lungs, as well as your muscles and bones. Are you searching for a new activity that won’t cost you an arm and a leg but will engage all the muscles in them?Rock Climbing

2. Rock climbing and bouldering

There’s nothing more inspirational than seeing others demonstrate the extreme strength, flexibility, and agility required for rock climbing and bouldering. This sport requires a clear mind and problem-solving skills to keep you fit and strong in the long term. For inspiration, watch replays from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics or go and try it out at a rock climbing or bouldering near you.

3. Skateboarding

Mullets aren’t the only thing making a comeback, so are a few sports from the 90s.

Skateboarding has been a part of street culture since the 70s and 80s. Still, in the last decade, skateboarding has slowly become more prominent in the community through revitalised skateparks and events and the skate community’s inclusive and positive team culture.

Skateboarding groups now offer programs for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds, so there’s no excuse not to give it a go.Rollerblading

4. Rollerblading and rollerskating

Rollerblading and rollerskating are also rebounding in popularity and growing a steady following, not only because it’s fun and fast but because it offers a full-body workout and is great for core strength and balance.

Choose from outdoor or indoor skating, street roller hockey, jam skating, or roller derby. Give it a go by joining a MeetUp group or join in or try it out at one of these groups or locations.

Seeking meaningful and earthy or nature-based activities

Health and wellbeing stems from not only a healthy body but a healthy mind. A great place to start is by nurturing an open attitude towards trying new activities and constantly learning.

5. Didge Sound Therapy

George Walley, from Mandurah Dreaming, harnesses the calm and warming sound of the didgeridoo to run Didge Sound Therapy sessions.

These sessions provide an earthy, meditative experience that is refreshingly different from what you might be more familiar with.George Walley from Mandurah Dreaming running an Indigenous Cultural tour

Like meditation, the sessions provide a sense of wellbeing and relaxation while the vibrations of the didgeridoo create a connection to the land.

If you’re in the Kimberley and Pilbara, try similar experiences when following The Warlu Way or Camping with Custodians.

Photo credit to Mandurah Dreaming.

6. Hiking, trails, and parks

There’s a growing push to get back to nature. Activities in the outdoors, away from screens, indoor fitness sessions, and daily distractions can be the medicine you need to start the week afresh and filled with renewed energy. Perth Hills hiking

There is no shortage of nature-based activities in Australia. In WA alone, there are thousands of kilometres of trails to be trekked, beach-side, river-edge, and suburban pathways to roam, and a great variety of overnight hikes to complete.

Finding time to enjoy and appreciate the natural elements and remove yourself from screens, the busyness of life, and the noise of every day is a great way to maintain a healthy mindset.

Organisations like Nature Play dedicate their resources to engaging with children in natural settings within metropolitan areas. If you can’t get out of the city easily, try taking the kids to a local NaturePlay park.Wildflowers in Coalseam Wheatbelt WA

Try a MeetUp group for hiking with new people or as a new hiker. Our Traditional Custodians, such as from the team at Boorloo, can teach us a thing or two about trails around WA as well.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Explore Parks WA offers information for day trips, camping, and activities at parks across WA. Find a park near you, many have great public facilities, including barbecues, toilets and some are pet friendly. Don’t forget RAC members save 50% on digital national park passes.

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25 Responses to “Six activities and adventures to spice up your routine and add some energetic pep to your step

  1. August 20, 2021 at 9:49 am
    James Reed said:

    Trecking through John Forrest, with beautiful waterfalls and rivers especially after all the rain we have had, amazing wildlife and sunshine it is the best way to enjoy some exercise.

  2. August 20, 2021 at 10:08 am
    Frank Jacobs. said:

    Beautiful fresh air, what a way to go.

  3. August 20, 2021 at 10:48 am
    Christine Saunders said:

    Every Friday I have my hair done and sometimes my nails and I enjoy being pampered.Plus the wonderful staff are such a happy bunch we all have a good laugh.

  4. August 20, 2021 at 10:49 am
    Joanne allen said:

    Sitting amongst the kangaroos, enjoying the evening in Yanchep national Park.

  5. August 20, 2021 at 11:49 am
    Sandy Walker said:

    love the “filly”.
    We have ”over the hill walks”, as that is what we do each morning for a view of the wonders of Esperance.
    What would you do if you lived in a house with the view?
    We live just over the hill, so get the best of everything.
    We won”t mention our maturity!

  6. August 20, 2021 at 11:50 am
    Mark Spilsted said:

    Laying beside a great pool drinking a beer and enloying my wifes company on our 40th wedding anaversary oh yah life is great

  7. August 20, 2021 at 12:17 pm
    Ulle Noblett said:

    Thinking about gas? Well, no. I”m thinking about the fun to be had when my first new house is ready and the grandkids come over for school holidays.. I love them sooooo much!

  8. August 20, 2021 at 12:45 pm
    Gail Hall said:

    I”d love to be able to enjoy the luxury of crown towers for a few nights and do a tour of the new stadium, wander across the bridge into East Perth and just enjoy the walks around the gardens and along the river.

  9. August 20, 2021 at 3:43 pm
    Jennifer Cook said:

    My “not thinking about gas moment” would be to meander down south to see some beautiful wildflowers, relax in the sun at our amazing beaches in Busselton and have some free time away from the complexities of life.

  10. August 20, 2021 at 5:10 pm
    Val said:

    I enjoy having a coffee with a friend visiting a garden nursery.

  11. August 20, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Lisa Bradshaw said:

    I am not thinking about gas every week when I dance my socks off at my 3 hour line dancing class. Anything could be happening and It wouldn”t matter because I am sooo happy in my space with a group of wonderful people. It is my time

  12. August 20, 2021 at 8:58 pm
    Donna Williams said:

    ‘Miss the water is not stopping”- me as a food teacher teaching washing the plug in?

  13. August 20, 2021 at 11:22 pm
    Danielle said:

    Camping under the stars on a beautiful summer”s night. Just living in the moment. With my beautiful family, the 1st time camping with our son and of course our 4 legged fur child will be there aswell

  14. August 21, 2021 at 7:07 am
    Rubens kiamtia said:

    After retiring at the age 59 .I forced to retire so that I could look after my wife.she has not been well since 1997 Brain tumour, and lost of memory 2005 and again 2017 fell and had a skull fracture with at resulted to a bleed to the brain.with that she has now lost her taste and bad is losing your smell , leaving a gas stove on not burning or smell of house on fire that you can not smell can be deadly.
    So I”ve take early retirement..with lack of money we do cheap outings take the train to midland look at the historical sites..we go to Mandurah walk the beautiful park.take the train to Fremantle walk the shore ,walk to the ROUND HOUSE ,museum, jail much more to do at Fremantle..but best of all is taking some lunch to KINGS PARK with our children”s two dog. MISS PHOENIX AND MR ARCHIE BOY ,relaxing for hours on end ,weather permit.OUR OTHER. favourite place to go is the dog beach at TRIGG BEACH..
    Unfortunately we don”t get to holiday at the beautiful places Western Australian has to offer.for us there are plenty to see and do just around Perth .thank you

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      September 20, 2021 at 4:20 pm
      Eva said:

      Very to sorry to hear this. We have all our fingers and toes crossed for you in this competition. Good luck and keep positive. Don’t forget to enter the competition to get your entry in –

  15. August 21, 2021 at 8:30 am
    Grishma Patel said:

    My creative moments are centred around checking out exotic cuisines, discovering new ingredients and using my kitchen and my faithful gas cooker to embark on my own culinary creations… Sometimes going down memory lane to recreate childhood favourites that mum dished up!!

  16. August 21, 2021 at 9:50 am
    Sam said:

    I wasn”t thinking about gas when my youngest daughter participated in the One Big Voice concert on the 20th of August, so proud of her

  17. August 21, 2021 at 4:14 pm
    Mario Bedetti said:

    Thinking of the beach

  18. August 21, 2021 at 4:15 pm
    Mario Bedetti said:

    Thinking of the weather

  19. August 22, 2021 at 8:17 am
    Nikki law said:

    My not thinking about gas moment is loading up the caravan with lots off goodies, hitching up the vehicle and sitting next to me soulmate and heading North, East, south and West. Taking in the sand sunsets lakes and bush.

  20. August 22, 2021 at 10:02 am
    kristin said:

    triathlon, especially Ironman Western Australia with 1500 similarly minded people not thinking about gas

  21. August 23, 2021 at 8:02 pm
    Gill Payne said:

    We have a special needs son who keeps telling Dad that we (the Payne family) need to go on a 3-day road-trip to visit Payne”s Find (WA). It”s a bit of a family joke, but it would be so refreshing to get away as we love the outback. I would enjoy supporting an isolated rural business (the roadhouse) and meeting the people at that little out-post. A great educational experience for our son as it was a mining site years ago.

  22. August 24, 2021 at 11:51 am
    Courtney Brown said:

    My not thinking about Gas moment is camping with my kids (3), sister, her kids (4),my brother, his kids (3) and my parents. A lovely break with the family special memories that will last a lifetime.

  23. August 25, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    Rob Roach said:

    Cruising down the Murray River with the family on board going to the Ravenswood Hotel for lunch

  24. September 16, 2021 at 8:37 am
    Roy Pocklington said:

    Going on a two day drive through Brockton, Corrigin, Narembeen and Meriden. A slow drive to take in the spectacular crops this year and our states beautiful wildflowers.

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