It is fair to say that the majority of us had ‘exercise more’ on our official or unofficial New Year’s resolutions list this year. Whether hitting the gym is something you’ve been meaning to do for a long time, or you just want to get out more and lead a healthier, more active lifestyle, there are some great ways you can enjoy yourself while you do it. Who said that keeping fit means no fun, or 2 hours on a treadmill, going nowhere fast?
Sports activities are a great way to have fun, socialise, and get your exercise at the same time. Most cities have football facilities, gyms and sports centres, but we’re going to show you what Kent has that is a little more out of the ordinary!
Our first activity aims to hit home that getting out and doing something physical doesn’t have to come from the obvious places. Daytona motorsport is found in the beautiful coastal horn of Lydd in Kent. You might now be wondering how outdoor karting can be classed as a sporting activity that offers exercise, but after a few laps around the 1240m international circuit, you’ll definitely feel the tension through your muscles. Offering 16 heart pounding, adrenaline infused corners, this challenging, fast track is great for all abilities.
This is an excellent way to unwind and get some ‘me-time’. That said it’s also a great activity that you can discover with friends, family or large groups. It’s especially popular with the guys for stag do events and birthdays, but don’t let that stop you ladies, some of the most promising drivers that practise on the track are all girl under their overalls!
Go Ape! at Bedgebury and Leeds Castle
Go Ape days out are famous up and down the country, and even over the Atlantic in the United States! Kent though, boasts two sites where you can swing like the monkeys and experience adventure sport activities up in the tree tops. It’s a completely unique idea, and an experience that you will never forget!
Super fun, but super safe, you won’t have to worry about falling when you’re having fun with your friends, Go Ape! Harnesses attach you to the lines by two secure points, so you can relax and feel the adrenaline without having to panic! It will help you overcome a fear of heights, and those who love to climb will enjoy crossing rope bridges, Tarzan swings, and speeding along zip lines from tree to tree. Down on the Bedgebury forest floor, there are also fantastic bike trails for singles, couples and groups alike to enjoy.
If you have little ones, then not to worry, you can enjoy the lakeside visitor centre, or let them loose on the children’s adventure play trail, perfect for your smaller monkeys to enjoy!
Revolution Climbing Centre
Another sports activity that is not the norm is climbing. The Revolution Climbing Centre in Broadstairs, Kent, is one of the best in the country. It’s ideal for people climbing solo, as well as groups and parties. It’s a great way to build your core muscle strength and exercise your whole body. When you climb, depending on the wall and your technique, you can work every part of your body when you’re pulling your weight up to the top.
Unlike running or cycling in a gym, there’s a visible goal for you to look up to, and reaching the top gives you a satisfaction like no other. The amazing variety and creative designs on the indoor walls cater for all abilities, so you’ll be able to advance and test yourself, even if you intend to make it a regular form of exercise. Progression is key, and the thrill of climbing at any stage can get your heart pounding and your knees weak whether you’ve been doing it for 2 hours or 2 years!
Revolution Skate Park
You might have tried climbing at Revolution with two feet and two hands, but now it’s time to discover a unique sport experience that will test you on four wheels. The Revolution Skate Park is a hidden gem. Much like the Daytona Karting, it doesn’t seem like a sport that you would associate so much with physical challenge. But after you’ve enjoyed the lessons they provide for beginners and intermediate levels, you’ll see just how testing it can be for your fitness!
It’s also something fresh and new, so if you’re looking for something unique, affordable and fun then this is it. The skate park has fantastic ramps and facilities, both indoor and outdoor, which makes it a great activity come rain or shine.
There is so much more that Kent has to offer, but these are just some of the great sporting activities that could help you think outside the box, and experience something that you’ve never done before. The issue with exercise is that it always feels like a chore. The amazing sporting activities in Kent can help you shed that mind-set, conquer some fears, build confidence, muscle, friendships and more! What are you waiting for?