I've just done something I thought I'd never do again... I went to a gym.
I've long questioned why you would go to a gym when you can exercise outdoors, any time of year, in an environment as beautiful as Noosa, but sometimes you just run out of motivation and need to do something different. I was bored of jogging and it's that time of year when the swimsuits come back out (a lot of people never put them away here, but I'm a wuss), so something needed to be done!
I went to Frank's Gym, which is a bit of an institution here in Noosa (Frank is now in his seventies, if that gives you an idea) and is also popular with visitors, who can get a holiday membership or go as casual visitors. A lot of people go there because they have all the latest equipment, but I was drawn in by their classes, which include Zumba Dance.
My first Zumba class was so much fun - it's a cross between aerobics and dancing, with a real Latin influence, and it's more like a party than a workout. It's good for both cardio fitness and toning and ideal for those of us with a low boredom threshold!
Stand Up Paddle Surfing has become very popular here, along with the traditional surfing and kitesurfing. As the name suggests, you stand on the board and propel yourself along with a long paddle - seriously good for the stomach muscles!
You can take lessons with the experts at Stand Up Paddle Surfing, who do classes for all levels and also have women-only classes. Thankfully, the lessons are held on the flat waters of the Noosa canals, rather than in the surf as you might have seen in photos or on television.
I haven't been for a while but last time I went I really enjoyed it. Must get back out there.
Did you know Noosa is an internationally recognised biosphere reserve? Noosa was awarded Biosphere Reserve status by UNESCO in late 2007, in recognition of its sustainable development - in other words, humans living in harmony with the environment.
Noosa has a long history of sustainable development policies and you only have to visit to see what a benefit that has been. Human development is tucked away among national parks and conservation areas so we are surrounded by nature.
The natural attributes of Noosa are what put it on the map and they continue to be the big drawcards for visitors, not to mention making it an incredible place to live. But don't take my word for it. Check out the video below - then come and see for yourself.
I'm on a mission to test out every day spa in Noosa. All in the name of duty, of course.
It suddenly occurred to me that I have reviewed spas all over the world but haven't been to half the ones on my own doorstep, so I'm going to rectify that.
I started (for no particular reason) with The Noosa Spa of Health & Beauty, where I found a very intuitive and talented masssage therapist. I have heard people say that there is no such thing as a bad massage but I beg to differ - I've had some shockers!
This was one of the good ones and left me feeling much more balanced than I went in. And now that I've seen that they use Aveda products, I might go back and test out a facial as well.
The Noosa Spa is at the South Pacific Resort on Weyba Road in Noosaville. You don't have to be staying there to use the spa - just ring up and book.
I might as well go ahead and tell you that I got to road-test the new $4.2 million spa at the Hyatt Regency Coolum a few weeks ago.
I had a body scrub, clay wrap and blissful hot stone massage, then spent the rest of the afternoon lazing around the resort in a dazed state.
You don't have to be staying at the resort to try out the spa - you can go as a day visitor. Just don't plan on doing anything afterwards!