Sports and Recreation
The Aussie Over 50's Guide to the Energetic Side of Life!
There has been a boom in recreational sport in Australia. Not only are more and more people heading to the Golf Course after retiring from work but events like the Masters Games, held every two years, and recreational football competitions are encouraging participation for those who may have thought their competitive days were behind them.
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Many team individual and sports have Masters Leagues which cater for an age specified by the league, often from 35 years of age upwards but sometimes with various groups of age veterans.
The Australian Masters Games are held every two years and is regarded as one of the largest participation sporting events in Australia. By visiting their website one gets a good idea of the sports that are active in Australia with Masters Leagues.
Nevertheless these are not the only sports with Masters Leagues, the most notable not in the Games is Australian Rules Football where those over 35 years of age can enjoy a game.
Touch, Tag and Recreational Footy
If the rough and tumble of Aussie Rules or Rugby is now a little out of depth for your group of friends then maybe joining as a team in a local touch footy or recreational footy league is a great way to keep fit and enjoy social fun. The local clubs or council will often be a good place to start to find such a league however some have progressed to having their information on the internet so doing a Google Search may also be of assistence in finding a league.
Walking, hiking and bushwalking are without doubt some of the least expensive forms of exercise and of the most beneficial to ones HEALTH. It will improve cardiovascular fitness, reduce stress, help control weight and the more you do it the more beneficial it becomes.
Australia boasts some of the most intriguing bush walks in the world from short one day walks to two week long walks such as the Heysen Trail in South Australia and the Bibbulman Track in the west. Some clubs cater for all sorts of walks and they are a great way to get to know other people, keep fit and see the countryside and wildlife.
Here are just a few of the many bushwalking Clubs in Australia; more can be found at AUSTRALIA MY LAND
New South Wales
Bushwalking Club NSW: Newtown: www.bushwalking.org.au
Newcastle Ramblers Bushwalking Club: www.bushwalking.org.au/newcastleramblers
Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Caboolture: www.glasshouse.bwq.org.au
Capricornia Bushwalkers Inc. Rockhampton: cbw.bwq.org.au/
Adelaide Bushwalkers Club: www.adelaidebushwalkers.org/
Tree Gully Walking Club Adelaide: ttgbushwalkers.tripod.com/
Hobart Walking Club: hobartwalkingclub.org.au
Launceston Walking Club: www.launcestonwalkingclub.org.au
Western Australian Bushwalkers Leederville: www.bushwalkingwa.org.au
Perth Bushwalkers Club: www.perthbushwalkers.asn.au
Darwin Bushwalking Club Casuarina: www.bushwalking.org.au/dbc
The Australian Capital Territory
Canberra Bushwalking Club: www.canberrabushwalkingclub.org.au/
Can Walk Canberra: www.canwalk.org.au/
Bushwalking Victoria Templestowe: www.bushwalkingvictoria.org.au
Melbourne Bushwalking Club: www.mbw.org.au/index.php
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