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Premiers Active April

Grampians Ranger encouraging Victorians to get out and explore

Right across Victoria we are fortunate to have access to so many incredible National Parks that are waiting for us to explore with family and friends.

These nature wonderlands are there for us all to enjoy thanks to the tireless hard work of our Parks Victoria Rangers.

This Premier’s Active April some of our dedicated Rangers have signed up to move more and encourage all Victorian’s to get outdoors this April.

We caught up with Grampians National Park Ranger, Matthew White, to find out how he plans to get active this April.

Matthew, what made you want to register for Premier’s Active April?

Staying fit and healthy is important to me – in both my personal life and my professional life as a Park Ranger. I love spending time in the natural world and like to get active through mountain biking, bushwalking and trail running.

At Parks Victoria we believe that healthy parks mean healthy people, and being out in nature has been proven to be really beneficial for your physical and mental wellbeing. Victoria has so many stunning parks and reserves for people of all abilities to explore and enjoy.

What advice do you have for others who may be considering registering for Premier’s Active April in 2020?

With milder weather arriving, April and Autumn is a fantastic time of year to get active in the outdoors. And if it is a little rainy and wet, don’t let it discourage you – just make sure you carry a warmer layer and a rain jacket in your backpack.

What advice do you have to anyone who is feeling hesitant in becoming active?

Don’t be put off by other people’s expectations about getting active – every little bit counts! Spending just half an hour getting active in the fresh air helps me feel refreshed and ready to tackle my daily life.

For those getting ready for Premier’s Active April, what advice do you have for exploring Victoria’s great outdoors?

Research suggests spending time in nature reduces stress levels and helps boost immunity. It also improves concentration, learning, problem solving and creativity. With that in mind, why not combine health benefits with experiencing Victoria’s amazing environments – from windswept beaches to rugged mountains, open plains to tumbling waterfalls.

As a Park Ranger, what are your insider tips for discovering Victoria’s Parks?

Take a look on the Parks Victoria website for ideas not just on where to visit, but what types of activities you can do in the outdoors, such as kayaking, cycling, swimming, surfing, hiking, rock climbing and horse riding. If you are looking for a guided activity, the Grampians National Park (where I work) is hosting a program of ranger guided kids activities and walks. Activity details are available via activeapril.vic.gov.au/offers.

Last updated: March 11, 2020 at: 4:55 pm

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