Group of people walking in the winter through a woodland trail

Get fit in the Lakes

13 January 2018

“Getting fit” can sometimes be dreaded words to hear in January, but if you find ways to focus on your health and wellbeing that suit you, then it can actually be really fun…we promise!

Heading outdoors can give you great motivation to get healthy and happy. The beautiful views will keep you so distracted that you won’t even realise you’re getting fit! Plus, it can be a more sociable way to get in shape, suitable for all ages and not to mention cheap!

You don’t need to hike Scafell Pike or swim across Lake Windermere to constitute fitness, there are many ways to feel great and get fit to suit you.

If you’re looking for easy ways to get healthy in the Lake District then try…

  • Taking a walk around the gardens of Brockhole whilst your little ones burn off some energy in the many attractions on site, including Treetop Trek and Brave the Cave.
  • Taking a brisk walk along Ullswater Shore. This is a short route but you’ll clock up 2,800 steps! Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous, why not try the 20 miles of the circular Ullswater Way route to clock up a  mighty 42,240 steps. 
  • Peddling around Coniston waters. If you don’t have bikes to hand then head to Coniston Boating Centre where you can hire adult and child bikes.
  • Packing up your weights, skipping rope or even hula hoop and finding a spot with a view to do your very own bootcamp!

If you’re looking for more of a January challenge then how about…

  • Braving the cold and taking a dip. 30 minutes of swimming could burn more than 2,000 calories…don’t forget your wetsuit!
  • Cycling along the Eskdale Trail. This is a great fitness challenge but isn’t likely to take more than 3 hours, leaving you the rest of your weekend to recover!
  • Stretching your legs along Windermere’s Western Shore. This suitably scenic route will keep you distracted from the whopping 11,600 steps you will take.
  • Taking to the peaks to tone up and burn even more calories! If you’re looking for a real challenge check out this Patterdale route.

These are just some of the ways you can turn your attention to health and wellbeing in the Lake District, you can find even more ideas here.

And, let’s not forget that by walking, running, cycling and swimming your way around the Lake District you’re doing your bit for the environment too! Find out more about being low-carbon in the Lakes here.

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Here’s to a happy and healthy start to 2018!

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