Shape up for 2013: Five ways to get fit without spending hours on a treadmill.
New year is often the time when we start to think about improving our health and fitness.
December's excesses can leave you feeling more than a little out of shape so it's only natural for January to require some action.
If the thought of pounding a treadmill while contemplating the car park outside is enough to send you running to the fridge, then our list of alternative fitness
activities may be just what you need to kick-start that healthier lifestyle.
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This is just a taste of what Leicester has to offer.
So before you start signing up for expensive gym memberships why not take a more adventurous approach to choosing your fitness activity.
First on our list is Bikram Yoga.
Leicester has a Bikram Yoga centre on 59 Friar Lane. 0116 2619262.
The centre is currently running a 30 day challenge for newbies who sign up before January 7.
Bikram is a series of 26 poses and two breathing exercises practised in a room heated to 105 degrees.
"This 90 minute workout aims to relieve you of stress and make you healthier and stronger in a relaxing environment."
Bikram is great exercise which can also help to build core strength to enhance your performance in other sporting activities.
However, if it's hard work you are looking for then why not try getting fit Army training style.
There are two Bodyfit Bootcamp training classes taking place in Leicestershire.
On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings from 9.30am - 10.30am sessions are held at Watermead Country Park near Syston and on Wednesday
mornings between 9.30am - 10.30am sessions take place in Knighton Park.
Sessions cost £6.50 or £45 for a block of 12. First session is free. Call 07876658628 or visit bodyfitbootcamp.com for more information.
For a more lighthearted approach to your fitness workout why not try the exercise dance craze that is Zumba. Classes run across the county. In Leicester
on Monday evenings from 6.15pm - 7pm Sarah Johnson runs a class at the Dancefit Studio, first floor, 80 - 84 High Street. Classes are £3.50/£3
concessions. Call Sarah on 0116 3192023 for further information.
If you are looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy then Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre on Loughborough Road may be just the ticket. The
centre runs an adventure club, (minimum age of five) with weekly sessions every Wednesday and Thursday evening from 6.30pm.
The sessions start in February and in school holidays from April till October.
Daytime activities are held rom 11.30am every school holiday except Christmas.
The club is a great way to take part in a range of exciting outdoor activities right in the heart of Leicester.
Call 0116 2681426 for further information.
Although places are limited following a surge of interest after the Olympics, Leicester Rowing club caters for all age groups and abilities as well as
welcoming members without previous rowing experience.
The club is situated on the Grand Union Canal "Mile Straight", Upperton Road, Leicester. 0116 2543203.
The club runs taster sessions for people looking to take up a place on their learn to row courses.
This gives people the chance to find out more about the sport and what sort of commitment is needed to be a member of the club.