A new year often brings with it a set of resolutionsโ€”many of which are geared towards improving our fitness.

However, after an indulgent festive period, heading out on a run can sometimes seem a little…uninspiring.

For those looking for something a little different from your 2022 health kick, we’ve rounded up five alternative activities that’ll have you moving in no time.

Rock Climbing | Rock Over Climbing

The popularity of rock climbing has skyrocketed around Manchester over the last couple of years, meaning it’s never been easier to get into the sport.

Rock Over Climbing’s close proximity to the city centre has made it a favourite among Mancunians, and beginners are more than welcome to head down and try your hand.

Park Garage, Cheviot St, Manchester M3 1LW
Kayaking | Salford Watersports Centre

Once you get over the brass water temperatures, navigating the Quays via kayak can be an incredibly revitalising way to burn through calories.

There are also plenty of other activities on offer at Salford Watersports Centre, including paddleboarding, windsurfing, powerboating, wakeboarding and open water swimming.

15 The Quays, Salford M50 3SQ
Dance classes | GFFdamian Dance Studio

GFFdamian has been set up with inclusivity at its heart, so anyone who may have been mulling over taking dance lessons for a while now can expect to be welcomed with open arms, no matter your age, size or experience.

From Dancehall and Ballet, to Contemporary and Twerkโ€”there’s something for everyone.

Parkers Hotel, 109-113 Corporation St, Manchester M4 4DX
Combat sports | Fighting Fit

After something a little more robust? Hit the pads at one of Manchester’s longest-running martial arts clubs, Fighting Fit.

Boasting expert coaches across boxing, MMA, kickboxing and Brazilian Jiujistsu, beginners couldn’t be in better hands, and those with a little more experience can expect to be put through your paces. Unsure? Newcomers can claim a free trial session to give it a go.

2 Millow St, Manchester M4 4DR
Aerial fitness | Cloud Aerial Arts

See the world from a completely different angle…upside down in fact! Aerial fitness is another activity that has seen its popularity surge in recent years, so there’s never been a better time to get involved.

The friendly folks at Cloud Aerial Arts offer a range of beginner’s classes across a variety of disciplines, all of which have been designed to leave participants with a smile on their face.


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Unit A, Aldow Enterprise Park, Blackett St, Manchester M12 6AE
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Published on:
Tue 4 Jan 2022