As an international student, regular exercise is a vital part of maintaining a happy and healthy lifestyle. Focussing on fitness can help reduce stress, improve memory and positively impact your mental health.
Luckily, Darwin is a city with a variety of options to help you get fit and stay fit. Here is a helpful guide to exercise and fitness in Darwin!
Darwin has a tropical climate meaning there’s warm weather all year round. But on those days it’s just too hot, having a gym membership can be a great option to exercise in air conditioning!
Both offer student discounts so be sure to bring your student card when you sign up. Chat with staff and shop around as deals and trials will differ depending on the specific location you choose.
One of the best things about living in “The Top End” is the abundance of national parks, waterways and bushland that are within close proximity of Darwin city.
In Darwin, Australia, where crocodiles are prevalent, it’s essential to be always vigilant when near water. The government offers guidelines to stay ‘crocwise’. For safer swimming options, you can enjoy the clear pools of Wangi and Florence Falls or head to Berry Springs Nature Park.
Group classes and community fitness
Darwin undoubtedly has a strong sense of community compared to bigger cities like Sydney or Melbourne, making it easy to make new friends.
One great community combining fitness and friends is the Darwin Dippers.
Each Wednesday all year round they start the day with a dip at Nightcliff Beach, right next to the Foreshore Cafe. Afterwards, the group watches the sunrise over a morning coffee.
The local government also runs the Healthy Darwin program offering free and discounted fitness and community events and sessions for locals.
A range of activities are offered from dance classes to yoga, boxing classes and more.
Sports clubs and university societies
A big part of Australian culture is a love for sport. It’s common to join and participate in community sports clubs even as an adult. When living in Darwin, you can find almost any sports club you can think of.
Joining a local club can be a great way to stay fit and meet new people. It’s also important to know many of these clubs run on volunteers, so even if you don’t want to play, you can get involved with coaching, training, or managing a team.
Another option to get fit is to join a university club or society. Universities have student-run clubs and teams you can join as part of your university experience.
For example, Charles Darwin University has a variety of student groups, including sports teams. This is another great way to meet friends from your university and get fit!