Getting fit is usually a chore, so why not make it a little more fun with these seven unusual ways to get your 30 minutes a day?
Don’t want to hit the treadmill in your mission to get fit? You’re in luck, because we’ve hunted down seven fun ways to shed a few pounds around Leeds. From turning up the heat to freejumping and overcoming your fear of heights, there really is something for everyone.
Try your hand at Bikram Yoga
Leeds city centre has its very own dedicated hot yoga studio, in the form of the oh-so creatively named, Bikram Yoga. It’ll see you working your way through 26 hatha yoga postures in sweltering 40°c heat – and while that may not sound like the most appealing prospect, the heat actually helps your muscles to relax, so you can get a deeper stretch.
Bikram Yoga, The Core, The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JD.
Have a crack at salsa
Ever wanted to try salsa? Now’s your chance, because Revolución de Cuba run regular classes – and they’re free for beginners. The Tuesday Salsa Social starts at 6pm, with a class led by dance teacher Philip Charles, specially for first timers and newbies. But once you’ve found your groove, you can move up to the improver session for £3 a go.
The Tuesday Salsa Social is at Revolución de Cuba, 64-68 Call Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6DT.
Balance in the air with aerial yoga
You might have tried your hand at yoga before, but even if you have, your feet were probably firmly on the ground. Not so with aerial yoga – here you’ll use a hammock to support your weight, helping to improve balance, strength and flexibility, while decompressing joints and putting less stress on the body. It’s unusual, but well worth trying out.
Studio 3, Workhouse Fitness, Springfield Commercial Centre, Farsley, West Yorkshire, LS28 5LY.
Make swimming more exciting
Who says swimming has to be dull? At Calypso Cove, you can make it a whole lot more exciting, by introducing a host of rides and slides into your routine. From the Terror Torrent with its pitch black flume that will send you hurtling towards the pool below, to the Eruption, a steep slide that will send you into the belly of the volcano, this is a day out and a workout in one.
Calypso Cove, Metrodome Leisure Complex, Queens Rd, Barnsley, West Yorkshire, S71 1AN.
Give bouldering a go
Bouldering is a great all body workout, but if the winter weather is putting you off, fear not, because you can do it indoors at The Climbing Lab. A fantastic, sociable space, it has one of the only top-out bouldering walls in Yorkshire, which means you can climb up and over the wall, just like you would in the great outdoors. They have routes for everyone, whether you’re a beginner or a pro, and time will certainly fly, because it’s great fun.
The Climbing Lab, 14 Kirkstall Industrial Park, Milford Pl, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2AZ.
Go to a fitness class, on a trampoline
Freejumping is the latest craze to take over the nation, with a medley of trampoline parks popping up across the city, but if you want to get fit, Oxygen is the place to go. Not only can you do an hour-long freejumping session that will see you bouncing your way around over 100 interconnected trampolines, but they also have the world’s first fitness reaction wall – and they run special Airborne Fitness Classes, which will see you put through your paces by a qualified instructor.
Oxygen Freejumping opens on Saturday 24th September 2016 at Cardigan Fields Leisure Park, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS4 2DG.
Mix yoga and culture
Willing to go a bit further afield? It’ll be worth it. You see, Yorkshire Sculpture Park has something very special lined up for fitness fanatics – they have their own yoga retreat, which combines a traditional class with a healthy lunch and cultural activities. They take place on the last Sunday of the month and could see you doing anything from walking around the grounds, drawing as you go, to mindful meditation in James Webb’s sound installation, ‘We Listen for the Future’.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG.