7 Ways To Keep Fit In Gloucestershire This New Year

Jan 23, 2018

As we delve deeper into the new year the reality behind the resolutions becomes a little more apparent. It’s not easy to stick to impractical goals that claim you’ll be at the gym every day and only eat healthy foods. However, if keeping fit is on your resolutions list, there are ways you can do it and still have fun. To help you out, we’ve made a list of 7 fun ways you can keep fit in Gloucestershire.



As the name suggests, ‘Piloxing’ combines Pilates and boxing, with a little bit of dance thrown in. This offers cardio with strength training and helps to burn up to 900 calories per hour, according to Fitneass.com. Piloxing classes are available at Cotswolds Health & Fitness Club. You can also Pilox at Gravity Health and Fitness in Tewkesbury and Cheltenham.



If you want your exercise to be a little more adventurous, Danceworks studios in Cheltenham offer a range of classes for beginners, from children to adults. Classes include ballet, tap, Zumba, street dance etc. All of which are available in the daytime and in the evening. The first class of any dance is free for adults. To find out more click here.



Gloucestershire is home to many races. Including the Forest Warrior Race, which is a 10-12k course through the Forest of Dean. This takes place on the 22nd April, so sign up here. If that’s not for you, there’s the Cheltenham Challenge which offers a half marathon, a 10k or a 5k throughout Cheltenham, you can sign up for that here. Failing that, the Devil Mud Run offers a messier alternative in March. Finally, the Stroud Beer Race offers a free half pint at the end of a 7 mile finish line, find out more here.


Spin Class

Sometimes it’s best to just stick to the classics. Spin class is one of the most popular ways to get fit. Not only that, but it helps you lots of calories. According to self.com ‘An hour-long bike ride at a leisurely 10 to 12 miles per hour, for example, burns about 256 calories. But crank up your effort to a race pace 16 to 20 mph and you’ll torch around 773.’ Spin classes are available at any gym, so find your favourite one nearest you. See a list of Gloucestershire gyms here.


Park Run

This one is a great alternative for the outdoorsy types. The park run is a 5km run that takes place every Saturday at 9am in various locations across the UK. In Gloucestershire it takes place in Gloucester North and Kingsway. The run is free to enter, and you can join no matter your running experience. All you have to do is register first.


Volunteer Work

Volunteering may be the last thing you want to do if you have a busy job, however volunteer work offers many opportunities to keep fit and meet new people. Volunteering Gloucestershire lists many active opportunists for you to get involved in, from digging to helping with community projects.


Walking Group

Finally, another way to keep fit is to join Gloucestershire’s walking group. This consists of a group of avid walkers who enjoy the Cotswold countryside on a Sunday. The outings usually include a trip to the pub or café and they even organise trips away. See more information here.


We hope you enjoy keeping fit in Gloucestershire! Good luck!