10 fun ways to keep fit in Edinburgh
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Are you sticking to the old adage ‘New Year, New You’? Great – good for you! Getting fit doesn’t have to mean hours pounding the treadmill in a soulless gym.

There are plenty of fun ways to get fit in Edinburgh, whether you prefer lifting weights, aerobic workouts or something totally different.

Dancing

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If you love busting out moves in your bedroom, then Dance Base is the place for you to get fit. There’s a huge range of classes on offer, for dancers of all abilities, from absolute beginners to professionals. Whether you fancy taking on a classic form of dance like ballet, tap or jazz, or something more unusual, including 80s pop, burlesque, Cuban salsa or Afro-Cuban dance, you can choose to either book onto a course or drop in to sessions when it suits. You can even try out a class before you commit to a whole course by dropping into your chosen class for free.

Dance Base, 14-16 Grassmarket, EH1 2JUmore info

Climbing

Indoor climbing is a great work out for the upper body, and is loads of fun with a group of friends. Edinburgh International Climbing Arena is an enormous climbing centre – the largest indoor climbing facility in the world! – built into a quarry in the village of Ratho, just outside Edinburgh, with routes for all abilities, whether you’re scaling the 25m wall or just starting out. More convenient for those in the north of the city, Alien Rock in Newhaven is another great climbing facility, albeit much smaller! There’s also bouldering – climbing without ropes – at both places (as well as a separate, dedicated bouldering hall at Alien 2) and both offer climbing courses for novices.

EICA, South Platt Hill, Newbridge, EH28 8AA – more info
Alien Rock, 8 Pier Place, EH6 4LP – more info

Spinning

If you can’t face the cold and wind on a cycle outside, hop on an indoor bike for a spot of spinning! There are two dedicated spinning studios in Edinburgh – LifesCycle on Newhaven Road and Pedal House in Warriston. Spinning can burn up to 600 calories per session, and is suitable for anyone who can ride a bike. LifesCycle was Scotland’s first dedicated spin studio, whilst Pedal House opened just last January and offers your first session for free.

LifesCycle, Bonnington Mill, 72 Newhaven Road, EH6 5QG – more info
Pedal House, 29A Beaverhall Road, EH7 4JE – more info

Project Awesome

Get fit for free and make great new friends with Project Awesome, every Wednesday at 6.30am. Well worth dragging yourself out of bed for, this hour-long workout will get raring to go for the rest of the day with their enthusiasm and energy – as well as plenty of hugs and high fives! There’s a different session every week, utilising the outdoor terrain for a challenging workout, and they’re held at Calton Hill.

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Yoga

Get fit and stay stress free on your return to work in January with a spot of yoga. Canning Street Yoga near Tollcross offers a great community, where beginner and experience yogis come together for a variety of yoga classes and styles, including hot yoga to really sweat out those festive excesses. Meadowlark on – funnily enough – the Meadows is another popular yoga studio which offers a huge schedule of classes, including beginners’s courses, one on one sessions and aerial yoga which will have you swinging around and getting upside down.

Canning Street Yoga, 16 Canning Street, EH3 8EG – more info
Meadowlark, 43 Argyle Park Terrace, EH9 1JT – more info

Running

Edinburgh is full of great things to see around every corner you just need to get out and see it! Best on foot! #runningtour

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Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that running is one of the best ways to get fit. All you need is a good pair of trainers, so it’s a great free activity too, if you’re feeling less than flush after the festive season. Edinburgh is a fantastic city for exploring on two feeto, whether you prefer running on roads, track or trail. Take on the trails of Arthur’s Seat, and be rewarded with stunning views of the city from the top, or head along the canal or the Water of Leith for a much flatter run.

There are plenty of running clubs in the city, where you can get a bit of encouragement and make some new running pals. Try the free run club at Run 4 It on Monday nights or one of the many athletic clubs across the city, where you can usually go along for free for a few sessions before you make the commitment to join. Or why not get to know your city a little better and get fit at the same time with Edinburgh Run Tours? You’ll experience Edinburgh from a whole different perspective!

Boxing

Make like Rocky and fight your way to fitness at a boxing gym. Boxing is a fun way to get fit, and will improve your strength, agility and aerobic ability. The Edinburgh Boxing Academy in Granton has a wide range of classes, including courses for beginners, boxer use and of course, boxing itself. The Holyrood Boxing Gym will also whip you into shape with beginner’s sessions focusing on building strength and fitness.

The Edinburgh Boxing Academy, 13 West Harbour Road, EH5 1PN – more info

Holyrood Boxing Gym, 146 Duddingston Road West, EH16 4AP – more info

Trampolining

Bouncing around on a giant trampoline isn’t just for kids – it’s great fun for adults too! Head out to Ryze in Dalkeith to jump ion over 19,000 square feet of trampolines. Do your own thing or join one of the regular RyzeFit classes where it’s claimed you can burn off 1000 calories an hour! Trampolining is lower impact than many other sports, so it’s perfect if you suffer from issues with your joints – as well as being a whole heap of fun!

Ozone Action Sports Centre, Unit 23, Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith, EH22 4AD – more info

CrossFit

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CrossFit develops all areas of fitness, using a mixture of body weight exercises and weight training to develop speed, stamina and agility. It’s also one of the most sociable sports out there. Join a CrossFit gym (or box, as they’re known) and you won’t just gain fitness, but you’ll also gain a whole new heap of pals! There are a number of CrossFit boxes in Edinburgh, all of which welcome newbies into the fold with beginner’s courses.

CrossFit Edinburgh, Unit 7, 10A Royal Park Place, EH8 8HZ – more info

CRG CrossFit, Combat Ready Gym, Bonnington Mill, 72 Newhaven Road, EH6 5QG – more info

Bootcamp

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If you think the idea of being yelled at by a scary army instructor whilst doing burpees in the rain doesn’t sound like much fun, then you’d probably be right. Bootcamp doesn’t have to be like that, though! A really sociable way to get fit, bootcamps can actually be fun if you choose wisely. Links Fitness is a women-only bootcamp, held three times a week on Leith Links, and the friendly instructor Marianne couldn’t be less intimidating. Or get fit and hone your zombie survival strategy at the same time with Zombie Survival Camp, a bootcamp which will equip you with all the skills you need to survive the zombie apocalypse.

Zombie Survival Camp – more info

Links Fitness – more info

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