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Wellbeing (611 Stories)

Do you whistle while you work?

By 21 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Are you like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? Happy in your work? Do you burst into song to help you set the pace?
Given that adults spend about half their waking hours at the coalface, enjoying our time in the workplace, feeling enriched and rewarded, is critical to our overall health and peace of mind.
Several Canberra workplaces that [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 days: Ainslie to Watson

By 8 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests.
Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you will also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting cultural [...]

Cheap Eats: $5 Breakfast Bowl at The Food Co-op Café

By 7 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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University precincts are known for their profusion of cheap eats. And the Australian National University’s The Food Co-op Café delivers on affordable and ethical food.
A bowl of chia coconut and banana porridge with an almond milk chai latte
Have you had that experience of buying a packet of plastic-wrapped rice, lugging it home, pouring it into [...]

2016 Keep Australia Beautiful, ACT Sustainable Communities Awards – NOW OPEN!

By 3 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT #SustainableCommunities Awards recognise excellence in environmental sustainability and community building in the Australian Capital Territory. These awards celebrate the innovation, hard work and achievements of individuals, community groups, businesses, and government who are taking positive steps towards improving their local environment. If you or someone you know is a leader in:

Community Action and [...]

Take a hike: McQuoids Hill

By 2 June 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Today’s adventure was inspired by my walking companion, who is staying in Kambah and suggested that we tackle the track and hill closest to him. Having recently walked the picturesque Cooleman Ridge Nature Park trail, which extends all the way from Weston Creek to the north-west end of Kambah, it seemed like the perfect continuation of [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Narrabundah to Ainslie

By 25 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Take a hike: Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve

By 20 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Questions I often hear from my Gunghalin dwelling friends are: how come you never come for walks at our end of town? Don’t you know there are lots of great places to explore in Canberra’s North? And my answer to them is usually – because you’re so far away!! Now before you throw your arms up in rage, I know [...]

Smarter health with smart technology

By 19 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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As we surpass the “digital age” and head into an era of smart technologies, it will be interesting to see how far technology can go towards increasing our quality of life.
With everything from phones and cars to smoke alarms and coffee pots, smart technology applies brainpower to everyday products; essentially allowing them to “learn” behaviours [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Tuggeranong to Narrabundah

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Strava: The fitness app that drives us crazy

By 12 May 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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“If you haven’t logged it on Strava then you haven’t ridden your bike!” I heard one fitness app devotee shout to another as they sped past me.
They were referring to the widely popular – among amateurs, pros and Canberrans – fitness tracking app which means “to strive” in Swedish. Last year one of Strava’s [...]

Walking the Centenary Trail in 8 Days: Wright to Tuggeranong

By 21 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Have you ever thought about walking the Centenary Trail? The 145km loop was established in 2013 to celebrate Canberra’s Centenary, and passes over our picturesque mountain scapes, rivers, fields and forests. Not only will you see stunning natural scenery, you’ll also explore many of Canberra’s suburbs and the Parliamentary Triangle, discovering hidden gems and visiting [...]

Top six things to do in Canberra this weekend (8-10 April)

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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It’s a mixed bag this weekend: join other runners from the Capital region in the 2016 Australian Running Festival; brush up on your Shakespeare at Canberra Theatre Centre with Bell Shakespeare’s interpretation of Romeo and Juliet; and, eat some amazing local street style food at The Forage.
ALL WEEKEND

2016 Australian Running Festival
Where: Event Village is at [...]

Take a hike: Mount Arawang

By 7 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Sometimes I want a lazy weekend. Sometimes the thought of getting in the car then heading off on a long, arduous hike up a faraway mountain is definitely in the too hard basket. It’s only human right? I am sure even Liesel Jones in her prime needed a weekend off. So not being an Olympic [...]

Why we all need to rethink ageing

By 1 April 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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These days we hear of Canberrans in their 80s and older, who compete in major sports events. And many who are still working into their 70s, 80s and 90s, their occupations varying from shop assistant to running a research centre.
It’s almost as if they think they might live forever!
And why not! Laugh if you will, [...]

Canberra is flourishing with free fitness activities

By 28 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Exercise is vital for people of all ages, but particularly as we get older. Studies show that people who are lifelong exercisers remain independent longer, are less depressed, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and injuries from falls.
We are lucky to have a wide range of sporting options available in [...]

Take a Hike – with your furry friends!

By 24 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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A large percentage of the wonderful walks in and around Canberra are located in National Parks therefore are not dog-friendly. Fortunately there other options, you just need to look a little closer to find the great number of spots that do allow you to bring your furry friends along. Today I am going to share one [...]

Take a hike – for the CBR100 Challenge!

By 17 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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A couple of weekends ago, I had the wonderful experience of competing in the CBR100 Challenge. In its second year, the race follows the beautiful Centenary Trail around Canberra giving you the option of taking the 25km, 50km or 100km route. Without really knowing what I was getting myself in for I signed myself (and a [...]

Take a hike: Yerrabi Track

By 10 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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There are many beautiful and rewarding hikes to enjoy in Namadgi National Park, it’s one of my favourite places to explore. My most recent adventure took me once again into the heart of Namadgi, this time along the Yerrabi Track.

Heading out from Canberra’s south along Tharwa Road has become familiar territory for me however it never ceases to amaze [...]

Take a hike: to the National Arboretum!

By 3 March 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As I’ve recently moved to the lovely Molonglo Valley I thought I’d profile a local walk this week. With so much development already completed and much more planned for Denman Prospect and beyond, Molonglo Valley is fast becoming one of the most sought-after locations in Canberra. I hope readers will find this walk just as [...]

Take a Hike: Mt Painter

By 25 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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Ever since I started exploring Canberra and her surrounds, on multiple occasions I have been absolutely blown away by the sheer beauty that is in our backyard. The adventure I am sharing with you today takes that discovery quite literally.
I am willing to bet that each Canberran, new and old, has driven past this hidden gem [...]

CANBERRA TAKING ON THE COLOR RUN

By 25 February 2016

[ 28 February 2016; ] Thousands of people are in for a shimmery surprise when the Happiest 5k on the Planet, The Color Run brings its unforgettable colour drenched fun to Canberra on Sunday, 28 February on the last stop of its Shine World Tour.

With a festival atmosphere like no other, The Color Run is now the biggest running series [...]

Take a Hike: London Bridge Arch

By 18 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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As this is my first post for the RiotACT I thought I’d start with a little introduction. First things first: Hello! My name is Fiona and I am a proud Canberran. I’ve recently joined the RiotACT team and will be bringing you weekly columns on outdoor life in the Capital and surrounds.

I was born and [...]

Best of Canberra – Bootcamps

By 8 February 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’m happy to say that I can raise my arms well enough to be able to punch out this article. My arms, core and legs have certainly let me know they are sore after my efforts this week but in a good way.
The call out for the best bootcamp in Canberra brought in quite [...]

Ask RiotACT: Orthodontist and Jaw Surgery Recommendation?

By 22 January 2016 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I have a terrible experience with my previous orthodontist ten years ago.
Finally, courage comes to me and I am ready for treatments of my jaw misalignment again. Can anyone share your experience or recommend a orthodontist + jaw surgeon to me? Also, which private health insurer would you recommend for such treatment?
Many thanks and nice day!

Our first look – Youfoodz Canberra

By 21 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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For those who don’t have the time or patience to prepare fresh meals every day, and those who prefer to avoid frozen meals, Youfoodz may be just what you need. Youfoodz chefs prepare healthy, fresh, convenient meals cooked in Queensland and delivered to Canberra every week. Whilst this seems like a long way for fresh [...]

The fascination of the Capital Region Farmers Market

By 9 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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It has now become a habit for thousands of Canberrans to jump into their cars on Saturday morning and to drive to North Canberra and to make their way to a very special local retail event. According to those who run this market, the Rotary Club of Hall, about 6,000 people show up each [...]

Blissful organic massage lives up to promise

By 1 December 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When a friend described her massage with Deanne Kalda of maa organics as ‘a bit special’, I thought she was exaggerating. Only, she’s not prone to doing so. I thought it would be a good idea to try out this special massage for myself, followed by a 30 minute facial for extra indulgence.
I turned up [...]

New trails open at the National Arboretum

By 12 November 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The National Arboretum has a new attraction for visitors with a series of recreational trails opening earlier this month.
The new trails extend throughout the arboretum grounds spanning out from the Village Centre and are perfect for a weekend or after work walk.

The arboretum features more than 44,000 trees from across Australia and the world, with some of [...]

Ask RiotACT: Another gym question

By 4 November 2015 FEATURED ARTICLE
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After 12 months of crossfit, which I loved, it is time to try something a bit cheaper.  I am after a gym at which I can see a trainer maybe once a fortnight (once I get in to the swing of the gym) but who will give me a program to use in between times.  I [...]

Best of Canberra yoga-off: Yoga Classes

By 27 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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When the call went out last week for the best yoga classes, some readers suggested the best way to do yoga was self-practice. I can appreciate that yoga classes are expensive and it’s not always easy to attend classes at the time they are scheduled, but unfortunately I don’t have the discipline to be at [...]

Best of Canberra – Yoga classes

By 21 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I like to keep active and busy. The idea of having to sit still and calmly for a yoga class and doing stretches that I had limited flexibility for, was torture to me not long ago. Funnily enough, doing yoga has taught me to be more patient and I have really come to really enjoy [...]

Best of Canberra swing-off: Golf driving ranges

By 20 October 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The thought of a having to play a whole game of golf is absolute agony to me. Attending a driving range is much more appealing.
When the call went out last week, a few suggestions came through to simply visit the local oval and have a hit. However, not having my own clubs nor the desire [...]

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