Burn off the last of the mince pies with these local exercise options…
Head to an outdoor gym
If membership fees are what’s putting you off signing up to a gym this January then worry not. Our part of the world has an abundance of free outdoor gyms, which, albeit a little chilly on a winter’s day, do have equipment to help you work out without spending out. Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tenterden are among the local towns with access to these facilities, and the whole family can get involved. Just don’t forget to wrap up warm…
With bike hire available at picturesque places such as Bewl Water and Bedgebury, it’s easy to get fit, get the whole family involved and enjoy some stunning scenery at the same time. Or, if you fancy going it alone, there are plenty of cycle clubs to join in with too. Check out Tenterden Cycle Club, who meet on Sundays making it the ideal way to fit some fitness into a busy week, Tunbridge Wells have clubs meeting pretty much every day of the week, including the Kent Velo Girls – a women’s only cycling club with over 200 members.
Take a stroll
Walking is an excellent workout, and thankfully, there are hundreds of places you can get out and about locally. (Check out our picks for winter walks here: https://www.somagazines.co.uk/featured/walking-in-a-winter-wonderland)
We’re fortunate to have a selection of wonderful National Trust properties nearby, all with fantastic winter walking routes. Wander through the frosty woodland at Sissinghurst Castle, stroll through the estate at Scotney and visit the orchard’s winter border at Chartwell. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast
Deciding to become a runner is a common New Year’s resolution, but it can be quite tricky to stick to if you’re just forcing yourself out onto the icy streets without a plan. So, why not join a jogging organisation instead, where you can be supported by others while achieving your goals? There are running clubs all around who meet regularly (Sevenoaks Ladies Joggers, Cranbrook Joggers, Tonbridge Runners’ Group, or Walkers2Runners in Hawkhurst), or why not get involved in a regular Park Run? Tunbridge Wells has one in Dunorlan Park every Saturday at 9am, and it’s completely free. www.parkrun.org.uk
Find a running club near you by visiting www.runtogether.co.uk
Have a bounce
You might think trampolining is just for kids, but think again. Dedicated bounce centres have been cropping up across the country, and now there are four in Kent, including Jump In in Tonbridge (www.gojumpin.com). Spend hours bouncing and get a great workout at the same time. They even offer exercise classes, so you can have a guided workout.