12 Days of Fitness

16th December 2022
12 Days of Fitness

We can help you find 12 brand new activities to try as the 12 days of Christmas approach in 2023.

It's fairly typical for motivation to work out (as well as motivation to stick with any new habits or hobbies) to come and go, so we've compiled some suggestions for transforming your new exercise routine into a habit.

Check with your doctor ahead of taking up any new sports, especially if you are managing long term chronic conditions or have been unwell recently – listen to your body.

Are you ready to ring in the new year with your best health? Start now!

12 New things to try –

1. Cheerleading

Cheerleading is a great way to develop coordination and motor skills, which can be applied to many other areas of life, in addition to encouraging physical strength and flexibility. The cheers, dances, and techniques performed by cheerleaders require coordination as they travel through a series of motions with excellent timing and rhythm.

2. Basketball

Basketball can be a great social sport and teaches you how to work well with others. Before starting a basketball practise, adults should consult their doctor.
Warming up, extending your muscles and joints, and cooling down are crucial because playing basketball puts a lot of strain on the body and can result in injuries.

3. Bounce Fit
Routines are executed to upbeat music in a friendly, energising setting. We promote a social environment where you can meet new people or even bring your kids along while you work out. We take great pride in having started the "child-friendly" fitness movement and in maintaining a FUN FRIENDLY FIERCE nightclub atmosphere.

4. Clubbercise

Clubbercise is like spending the evening dancing with your friends (without the hangover after hurrah!) You come away from it having put yourself through a full body workout without even realising it. Even better.

5. Rollerskating

I won't hold it against you if you think roller skating is a less popular form of exercise than, say, Pilates or strength training because it seems too simple! Many of us remember the freedom of skating around the community hall on roller skates when we were younger. Relive the memories! Put on your skates and recapture your youth with Rollerdome.

6. Wrestling

Individual efforts are what make a successful team in a team sport like wrestling. The team will suffer and never perform to its full potential if no one is doing their part to succeed individually. In such a rough sport, being physically outmatched is not enjoyable, and the learning curve is high. However, wrestling will break you down in order to build you up and mould you into the person you need to be, just like any great sport.

7. Digital photography

Learning digital photography could offer you more than just enjoyable experiences and beautiful images; it's also the ideal reason to bring your camera on a walk. By taking a stroll around and snapping photos of your neighbourhood, landscape, or even just your dog, you can increase your step count. There are endless possibilities.

8. Badminton

Badminton can be a great substitute for your typical fitness routine if you want to branch out and stop going to the gym. It offers a cardio workout, many health benefits, and can be played both socially and competitively. No matter your physical condition or fitness level, anyone can enjoy badminton. By changing the pace at which you're playing, you can select a more or less demanding workout.

9. Tap / Ballet

Why should you learn to Tap dance? - Rhythmic patterns must be learned in order to tap dance. Pattern learning and repetition are excellent brain exercises. We all know that mental exercise encourages healthy brain activity and can help fend off diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. The same goes for adults!. Why learn ballet? - Strength, endurance, control, coordination, and stamina are all reinforced by adult ballet. You are also more aware of your posture and balance (even thinking about your posture makes you sit straighter!). You can develop excellent flexibility and motion range whilst dancing to a variety of classical and contemporary music. Bliss.

10. Zumba

One of the most well-known fitness companies in the world, Zumba offers more than 200,000 class locations across 180 nations. Moreover, despite the fact that the company is best known for its iconic "Zumba" Latin dance fitness class. Each workout consists of carefully choreographed movements set to upbeat international and salsa music. Basically, Zumba is a fun, energising workout that makes you want to exercise and keep coming back for more.

11. Slimming World

Slimming World groups provide members with support, dedication, and accountability—a potent perfect combo that nurtures happiness, self-worth, and weight loss success! More weight may be lost when participating in a weight loss journey with a group of friends than when doing the same plan alone. Having others to talk to who are dealing with the same challenges as you is essential for long-term success. Together, you can choose well while attempting to form new habits.

12. Fencing

Everyone has seen those cool swashbuckling scenes in films with epic sword fights and, of course, light sabres from the Star Wars series. Have you ever tried out some of those moves on your own or with your children? Have you ever imagined yourself as that hero? I bet you also can't help but use the wrapping paper tube as a sword this Christmas either 😊 You'll learn and advance more quickly as an adult than most children. Your past experiences are a benefit.

Where can I learn then?

• Berkshire


JMA What's On Page

The John Madejski Academy is where we'll start!. You have a few options at the JMA, including adult tap and ballet, football instruction, and martial arts.

• East London –

HAVERSTOCK SCHOOL, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London, NW3 2BQ

Haverstock What's On Page

At Haverstock school in chalk farm, London, there are gymnastics, fencing, Acro, yoga, bounce fitness classes, fencing and more.

Walthamstow school for girls in East London has classes for performing arts scouts netball, personal training sessions perfect for the new year!

• Clacton on Sea

CLACTON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL, 51 Walton Road, Clacton-on Sea, CO15 6DZ

CCHS What's On Page

At Clacton county high school choose from theatretrain theatre company, cheerleading, basketball, and swimming lessons for little ones with “swim with me”.

• Greater Manchester


>Buille Hill What's On Page

Buille hill near Manchester are running Zumba classes basketball training and more.

• Hampshire


TWHF Whitecross What's On Page

Milton cross academy has the other popular clubbercise classes martial arts, including taekwondo, lots of football training -including ladies only sessions along side, cricket practise! There’s no excuses for getting bored this winter!

• Northamptonshire


The Wooldale Centre What's On Page

The Wooldale centre for learning is always busy. January is no exception!

If you wanted to try something different, there are adult learning classes, including learning guitar, digital photography, and cake decorating.

Not forgetting, the usual, yoga, badminton and dads v dads five aside football all available in Northampton.

• Oxfordshire


Kajima Brentside What's On Page

There are also exciting things going on at Brentside High school this winter.

Irish dancing is back with the award winning GACA academy, Rollerdome, running rollerskating sessions, including New Year’s Eve. Brent side wrestling team back on the mats too.

In 2023, at one of our fantastic locations across the country, you can easily try new sports, hobbies, and classes.

In the upcoming year, you'll find something you love by browsing our website to find a location near you! Check out all of our venues here - All Venues List

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