Have fun with friends and kick start for a healthy 2012 with these ideas from Weight Watchers and Time Out...

1. Bust your best moves in the pool, with aqua Zumba
There’s a reason Zumba seems to have grown into such a craze. Join the party, avoid the sweat and dive into an aqua Zumba class for something a little different. Cnr Langs & Epsom Rds, Ascot Vale. (03 9375 3411) Mondays 6.30-7.30pm. $14.60.

2. Forage for fresh produce at the Collingwood Children’s Farm
Bring a bag and fill it to the brim with the best local and fresh food a market has to offer. Join Victoria’s farmers and specialty makers, and get ready for plenty of the best seasonal fruit and veg, free-range meats, cakes and bread, and handmade cheeses. 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford. (03 9417 5806). Second Sat monthly, 8am–1pm.

3. Clean up your kitchen act with organic cooking classes at Thrive
Switch your eating to organic and experience a Thrive organic cooking class. They include everything from food prep and storage to shopping, so expect to be leaving as a confident, healthy organic foodie. Classes held in Melbourne and Ballarat (03 5331 9854). $120 (incl. ingredients, food, and recipe manual).

4. Put on your dancing shoes and burn up the floors at Finishing School
Get ready to dance your little feet off with the best indie-pop night out Melbourne has to offer. You can’t really go wrong, especially with a night guaranteeing the sounds of the Smiths, the Supremes, Pulp, and Belle & Sebastian. Bella Union, 54 Victoria St, Carlton South. (03 9650 5699). Every second Friday, 10pm.

5. Get your daily 5 delivered to your door by Froot Salad
Craving somethinggreen but it’s just too hard to venture out to find it? Froot Salad are more than happy to deliver those fresh fruits and veggies right to your door, quality guaranteed. (1300 737 448).

6. Let My Friend the Peacock pack you a healthy lunch
Miss the days your mum would leave your lunch on the kitchen table, wrapped up with love in a brown paper bag? Jasmin Lefers makes healthy salads, sandwiches and snacks, bringing them to you at work in those brown paper baggies you love so much. (0407 211 194). $100/wk for 5 lunches, 3 breakfasts, 2 snacks.

7. Treat yourself with Tasti D’Lite frozen dessert
Tasti D’Lite pride themselves on healthy living by offering you guilt-free cold treats. It’s a dairy-based frozen dessert that’s not yoghurt, not ice-cream, but something new with less fat, and most importantly – it’s damn tasty. 5/450 Chapel St, South Yarra. (03 9827 4124).

8. Splash’n’paddle your way around the Yarra
Paddle out as the sun goes down and the city lights come up, at either St Kilda or the Docklands. Instructors will gear you up – no experience necessary – before you buddy up in a double kayak and sail away. 425 Docklands Dr, Docklands 3008 and 300m west of the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Pier Rd, St Kilda. (0410 329 090). Various dates 6pm–9pm. $55–$85.

9. Get a picnic and a free bike from Little Creatures Brewery
It’s summer and the people from Little Creatures Brewery think you need to get outside. For $50 you can get a Ploughman’s lunch picnic, they kindly give you a free bike for the day, and you can ride away into the horizon to find somewhere sunny to kick off your lazy boots and stretch out in the grass. 222 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. (03 9417 5500). $50.

10. Seek out some hot and healthy vegetarian Mexican at Trippy Tacos
Say yes to avocado, cheese, tacos and tomato salsa.It’s hot, healthy, vegetarian, and if you misjudge your own ability at handling heat, you can be forgiven for washing it all down withone of those Trippy Tacos margaritas we’ve all been hanging out for. 234 Gertrude St, Fitzroy. (03 9415 7711).

Back to Time Out Melbourne – Healthy Living

For loads more tips on healthy eating go to weightwatchers.com.au/discover

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