Over-indulged at Christmas, lost your exercise mojo or simply struggle to think of ways to keep fit that are fun? Look no further than Snowdonia, where the only limit to having fun while you exercise is your imagination!
Going to the gym isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. Nor, come to think of it, are jogging, exercise DVDs or sit-ups. There has to be a way to keep fit that’s actually enjoyable, surely?
If you’ve ever felt that exercise is boring – and if you have, you’re definitely not alone – it’s time to start thinking out of the box, and looking for activities you can take part in at any time of year that are as much fun as they are good for you. And where better to do that than in Snowdonia, the UK’s number one activities centre?
1. Bounce Below
Throw maturity out of the window and revert to childhood for a couple of hours at Bounce Below, Blaenau Ffestiniog. Trampolining is just about the most fun you can have while exercising. Add to the mix the fact that you’ll be trampolining on giant nets underground, surrounded by fabulous lightshows lighting up the enormous caverns, and you’ll be in keep fit heaven.
2. Horse riding
Have a go at horse riding in Snowdonia and you’ll find yourself using muscles you didn’t know you had. Think it looks easy? Think again; you need to really watch your posture so it’s great for core strength. During a trot you’ll be rising and falling in the saddle, and during a canter you’ll be gripping with your knees for all you’re worth. Great for toning your thighs – as your John Wayne walk for the next few days will testify!
3. Indoor climbing
Climbing mountains in Snowdonia in January isn’t for the faint of heart; there will be snow and ice, strong winds and very low temperatures – and unless you’re very well equipped and either very experienced or accompanied by someone who is, it can be really dangerous (we never cease to be amazed by stories of walkers rescued in midwinter wearing plimsolls!).
Indoor climbing at a good climbing centre like Beacon, though – that’s a completely different story. You’ll be surrounded by people who know what they’re doing, will have all the safety equipment you need on hand, and will get a fantastic workout into the bargain. The only real down side is that it can be very addictive!
Cycling is a fun exercise that the whole family can get involved in, whatever their level of expertise and experience. You don’t even need to own a bike; there are many places you can hire a bike in Snowdonia for the ride of your life! Whether you want to pootle along a safe, dedicated cycle trail away from traffic or prefer to hurtle down a hillside at one of Snowdonia’s mountain biking centres – or anything between – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Getting on your bike will do your whole body a favour, so why not give it a go?
What’s not to love about walking in Snowdonia? It’s free, it’s as easy or challenging as you want it to be, and there’s an endless choice of routes to take. Whether you choose to go for a woodland stroll, follow the Pilgrims’ Way, walk the entire Snowdonia coast or even follow in the footsteps of Mary Jones, the 15-year-old girl who in 1800 walked 28 miles just to buy a bible, there are so many options you won’t know where to start. With all that choice there’s no excuse to sit around, so get out and get fit in Snowdonia this winter!