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Making Outdoor Kids

    In this increasingly digital world, it is not uncommon these days to see kids sitting on their Ipads at a café, watching an Iphone, and in front of the TV and computer playing video games….. As parents, technology...
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Hiking And Bushwalking Groups- Why Together Is Better Than Alone!

  We all know the benefits of getting outdoors and walking in nature, but sometimes the thought of getting out into the wilderness by yourself can be a bit daunting. Here are some reasons why joining a bushwalking group is...
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Why Are Small Group Adventures So Popular Now?

Life can be hectic….  Work, kids, running a household, studying, trying to keep a social life etc.  It’s enough to make you want to go and lay on beach somewhere. But is that REALLY what we need?   The majority...
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Three Lost Children Bushwalk #Daylesford

Three Lost Children Bushwalk #Daylesford May 28, 2018 By nextphaseinfitness “Take Shape Adventures is your personalised avenue to the outdoors offering local and interstate activities from Adventure Weekends, Bushwalks, Racing & Training, Obstacle Courses, and Gourmet Weekends. We offer unique opportunities in...
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How to live with adventure

When your life is the same day after day it seems like great stories are reserved for the world-travellers, the thrill-seekers and the fearless. But that’s not the case, almost everybody would like more adventure in their life. The life we...
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Take Shape Adventures in Weekend Notes

Danielle Norton made us blush yet again with another great article! This particular article would be a great one to show a friend who has been umming and ahhing about joining us on a TSA adventure, and needs that last...
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Walking women

Bush walking hasn’t really been mainstream for inner suburban women, so why now are more and more women taking up adventures and walking? It’s a great way to stay fit, lose weight with relatively low impact exercise and allows social...
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Take Shape Adventures in The Age!

We were lucky enough to be featured in The Age recently in an article by the talented Danielle Norton. She wrote about how your passion can become your life with hard work and determination. If you are wanting a bit...
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Top 5 Safety Items for The Bush!

It’s getting to be the nicest time of the year, and with everyone wanting to get out and about safety needs to be just as high a priority as anything else!  
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Lifestyle

Stories , Inspiration & everything else

Winter Woes

    WINTER WOES It’s safe to say that Winter has well and truly set in! It’s no secret that the colder weather can be de-motivating….. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can affect many people and one of the best ways...
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When should I replace my footwear?

Everyone loves their old faithful boots…..they have moulded to the shape of your feet perfectly and are probably the most comfortable thing that you own. But does this mean they are good for you? Unfortunately not always….. When should I...
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melbourne hiking

When is the last time you did something for the first time?

We understand how hard it can be to get started. Our walks cater for all fitness levels, so join us and I promise you something…. You can do it and you will feel FANTASTIC afterwards. We take the guesswork out...
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Three Lost Children Bushwalk #Daylesford

Three Lost Children Bushwalk #Daylesford May 28, 2018 By nextphaseinfitness “Take Shape Adventures is your personalised avenue to the outdoors offering local and interstate activities from Adventure Weekends, Bushwalks, Racing & Training, Obstacle Courses, and Gourmet Weekends. We offer unique opportunities in...
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How to live with adventure

When your life is the same day after day it seems like great stories are reserved for the world-travellers, the thrill-seekers and the fearless. But that’s not the case, almost everybody would like more adventure in their life. The life we...
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Hibernation – Don’t Do It!

Hibernation – bears do it, snakes do it, and do you know what happens? They wake up in the summer grumpy and easily irritated!  Don’t waste the Winter months only to emerge in Summer frustrated that time has flown past...
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Why We All Need a Weekend Getaway

A weekend escape can often be something to keep you going through a long week or two. You often get to leave work that tiny bit earlier on a Friday, and walk into work on Monday with your shoulders back...
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Vitamin D- The Happiness Vitamin

Feeling sluggish, unmotivated, achey, cold and fluey? It might not just winter blues or being “fat and lazy” it could be a Vitamin D deficiency. Known as the happiness vitamin, Vitamin D comes from the sun and is something many...
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1000 squats or a walk in nature

I just want to share a short story with you that made me feel proud, inspired and makes me want to continue doing the things I love. At the end of June Take Shape Adventures took three inexperienced hikers on...
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Mindful Eating!

Mindfulness has become a major buzz word in wellness circles in the last few years. Meditation and colouring in may not be your thing, but mindfulness certainly has its place in everyday aspects of your life that you may not...
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Bring the Boys

The physical and mental benefits of exercising outdoors is the same regardless of gender. Whether male or female, the wellbeing boost that you receive from being active in nature significantly contributes to your overall health and coping with life’s ups...
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EVERY NEW FRIEND IS A NEW ADVENTURE

Making new friends and spending quality time with old friends becomes harder with time constraints and we end up doing the same thing out of convenience. When was the last time you searched for something new to try?  When was...
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Mindful Living

We’ve discussed your health from mindful eating through to mindful exercise, so the next thing is to look at overall wellbeing through mindful living. In the same way you should consider each mouthful of food, and chew it, and use...
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Adventure is for Everyone

When your life is the same day after day it seems like great stories are reserved for the world-travellers, the thrill-seekers and the fearless. But that’s not the case, almost everybody would like more adventure in their life. The life...
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FIVE WAYS TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Do you ever feel like you’re always doing the same thing, with the same people, visiting the same places, eating the same food, talking about the same topics? Why? – Because it’s easy, pretty comfortable and it’s predictable. Living a...
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Walking women

Bush walking hasn’t really been mainstream for inner suburban women, so why now are more and more women taking up adventures and walking? It’s a great way to stay fit, lose weight with relatively low impact exercise and allows social...
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Are you fit enough to hit the trail?

Is hiking one of your goals, enjoying the majestic views that only come from steadily working your way up a mountainside or feeling the accomplishment of reaching a destination or walking a certain distance? Is fitness one of the major...
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Take a Chance! What’s the Worst That Can Happen?

If you take a chance, a leap of faith, or a dive off a (metaphorical) cliff, what is the worse that can happen? Obviously there are plenty of scenarios you can come up with that are worst case. Human nature...
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Goal Setting

Goal setting. It’s probably something you hear the Take Shape team talking about all the time, something your employer may mention at work, something you may mention yourself to your colleagues, partner or kids, but is it something you actually...
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Recipes

Because ya gotta eat !

Healthy Orange and Poppyseed Cake (Yes, It Exists!)

Ingredients: 3 cups wholemeal self-raising flour 1 1/2 cups sugar 1/4 cup poppy seeds 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or peanut oil) 3 eggs 3/4 cup reduced fat milk 2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel...
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Greek Pasta Salad

Ingredients: 2 cups spinach fettuccine 1tbs balsamic vinegar 1 – 2 cloves garlic, minced 10-12 fresh basil leaves1 or 1tbs dried basil 1 t dried oregano 50g feta cheese 1 cup spinach, washed, dried and chopped 1 cucumber chopped 1...
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Chicken Parcels

Ingredients: 15 Chicken breasts 30 slices of prosciutto 200g of garlic and herb cream cheese 20gg fetta 200g apricots 3 cloves of garlic crushed ½ cup of chives and parsley 2 cups white wine 1 tbs corn flour 2 tbsp...
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Sweet Potato and Chickpea Salad

Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed 1 cup uncooked or 1 can chick peas (can also use black eyed peas, kidney beans or cannellini beans) 100g rocket 50 -100g goats cheese 1⁄4 cup cashews Small bunch of coriander...
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Healthy Banana Bread

  Ingredients: 2 cups whole spelt flour or whole wheat flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 tsp baking powder 3 large, very ripe bananas (approx 1-1/2 cups)- mashed 2 eggs 1/2 c brown sugar 1 cup low-fat yoghurt Zest of a...
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Energy Cookie Recipe

Ingredients 1 cup muesli 1 cup plain flour ½ cup coconut ½ cup brown sugar ¼ cup butter 1 tsp bicarb soda ½ cup of warm water Optional extras: Dried fruit, seeds and unsalted nuts Directions Mix flour, sugar, muesli...
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Summer Quinoa Salad Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cup of quinoa (cooked) 2 carrots grated 1 Cup chopped green beans and/or snow peaks half a cup cranberries 1 cup spinach leaves (washed) Half a cup chopped parsley Half a cup mixed nuts & seeds Crumbed fetta...
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Beetroot Relish Recipe

Beetroot Relish 3 medium beetroots cooked 1 apple grated 1 tbsp brown sugar ½ -1 cup vinegar 1 tbsp mint ½ tsp nutmeg Directions Grate the beetroot and apple.  Add sugar, vinegar and spices into large fry pan and simmer,...
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