NEED a hobby, but want to think outside the box? This Friday's expo will be the place to find it.
Let's Renew will be held at the Southcourt of the Orange Civic Centre from 4pm until 9pm, offering free health checks and showcasing 30 stallholders from the city's health, sporting and community organisations.
Among them will be Aikido Kenkyukai Orange, which practises a Japanese style of martial arts, focused on defence.
Portia Hawke has practised the art for the past 12 years and said the group would hold several demonstrations during the evening.
"You feel better after a session and you learn to defend yourself without harming the other person - it's just a lot of fun," she said.
Fattisha Kamara will also be demonstrating her artform - Brazilian samba.
Ms Kamara has been teaching Zumba since she moved from Sydney but wanted to expand next year.
"Samba will be one of them," she said.
"When I'm dancing, I feel free and when I dress up, I feel like an unstoppable goddess."
There used to be a mentality that rest would help, but exercise and improving your condition has all sorts of benefits.Paul Ringland, RPT Health
Orange Croquet Club is currently sourcing some artificial turf to host demonstrations of its sport.
Treasurer Len Banks said contrary to impression of the game from Alice in Wonderland, where the mallets were replaced by flamingos, it was very strategic.
"It's a very challenging game mentally," he said.
With yoga's popularity exploding during recent years, The Yoga Room's Tricia Shannon will also be at the expo, showing people lower-impact alternatives.
"It's about being mindful of your actions, being focused and it's a way of using the body to study the self," she said.
The expo, run by Orange City Council's health liaison committee, health organisations and education providers, will help participants renew body and mind through lifestyle changes.
Paul Ringland from RPT Health will talk about exercise physiology - using exercises to help patients build strength and recover from injuries or illness.
"There used to be a mentality that rest would help, but exercise and improving your condition has all sorts of benefits," he said.
Orange mayor Reg Kidd said the event would help families think about their lifestyle choices.
"And how they can improve on those choices to adopt a more healthy way of life," he said.
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