Get Active This Winter

While the sun is still out (in June?) it’s only fitted that we make the most of these twenty-something degree days. And with Perth boasting some of the best walking trails and indoor activities around, it’s about time to put that activewear to good use.


Kings Park

Kings Park is the perfect place to grab some fresh air and take a leisurely stroll. Whether you’re meeting a friend for a gossip sesh or just need to take a break from reality, take a walk through the botanic gardens and admire Perth’s natural beauty. And if you’re feeling like you need to get that heart rate up, the infamous Jacob’s Ladder has over 200 stairs, so you can skip leg day at the gym.


Scarborough To Trigg

Grab your pooch and head down to Scarborough Beach to soak up that winter sun. A walk along our pretty coastline from Scarborough to Trigg will have you in for a solid 7KM stroll, but the best part is your post-exercise walk treat. After burning off what may seem like a thousand calories, head over to Yelo for a coffee and watch the day pass you by.


Zamia Trail

You’ll be in for some pretty sweet outdoor time with this little trail. Starting and finishing at the top Reabold Hill, you’ll walk a neat 5KM that will have you taking in the coastal views and city skyline all at the same time. If you’re up for the challenge, add an extra 3KM to your walk and head over to Odyssea for a brunch that’s totally #worthit.


Bounce

Let your inner child bounce off the walls until your heart is content at Perth’s biggest indoor trampoline park. General admission sessions are done by the hour, but the real fun goes down on a Friday night. And if you’re after something that will make you sweat, the Bounce Fit sessions are the ultimate high intensity, low impact workout.


Adventure Golf

Whoever said mini golf doesn’t count as a sport was so wrong. While it may not have you covered in sweat, this little mini golf circuit will definitely get your heart racing. Grab a few friends and hit the golf course for some action-packed fun. Just try not to throw your golf clubs in frustration. After you’ve nailed all 18 holes, hit up Lizzy Quay for a scoop of Perth’s favourite gelato, Gusto.

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How Practicing Yoga Every Morning Will Change Your Life

If you’re not a morning person then you’re about to become one. While getting out of bed in the morning can be extremely hard, the health benefits of doing morning yoga are totally worth it.


Start Your Day Happy

The mood boost received through a yoga practice is one of the most beneficial reasons to practice yoga in the mornings. Exercise of all kinds increases ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters, and yoga being a form of exercise, stands out as a proven GABA booster. GABA is one of your main inhibitory neurotransmitters that put the brakes on brain activity, enabling you to relax. One session of yoga can increase GABA levels by 27%, and doing it in the morning means you can start the day off relaxed and happy, emitting positive vibes.


Breathe Easy

By starting your day in asana, you are essentially starting your day cultivating breath awareness. Asana is one of the eight limbs of classical yoga, and is one that should be steady and comfortable, helping a practitioner to become more aware of their body, mind and environment. So by doing this first thing in the morning, you are more likely to keep your breath (and cool) for the rest of the day. After all, they say that the slower and deeper you breathe, the longer you will live.


Salute To The Sun

The traditional practice of Surya Namaska (the sun salute) was performed at sunrise as a way to greet the sun and the arrival of a new day. By practicing sun salutes in the morning, you awaken your body, to stretch and say good morning to each of your muscles. Being aware of the rhythms of the natural world and practicing as the sun rises, we are able to tap into our own natural rhythms, making it especially beneficial for those of us who are so caught up in the world of technology and work. This morning routine is a reminder of our more natural state.


Metabolism Booster

By practicing yoga in the morning, the body’s metabolism is boosted, and so is the digestive system. Morning yoga helps you digest more efficiently, burn food up faster, metabolize fat and move nutrients throughout the body, whilst also inspiring you to be healthy throughout the day. It’s pretty much guaranteed that you’ll leave your practice feeling happy and energized, and more tuned in and connected with your body and mind.


Sleep Better

Can’t sleep? Practicing yoga first thing in the morning will most likely make bedtime become a top priority. Morning yoga has been proven to regulate sleep rhythm and even balance out your hormones. A dedicated morning practice allows those of us who quite often find ourselves sleeping in, wasting our mornings rather than making the most of them. Think about how good you’ll feel when you’ve finished a long day at work and you don’t have to stress about hitting up the gym.