It happens to the best of us: the nights draw in, the temperature drops and the temptation to hit hibernation mode sets in. Before you know it, you’ve put on a stone and still face a festive season filled with rich food and Christmas parties ahead of you.
It can be difficult to keep up the motivation to stay active when the weather outside is frightful but there’s actually no better time to keep in trim. Work hard during the autumn and you’ll not only feel like you deserve a little bit of Christmas indulgence, you’ll also leave yourself less of a mountain to climb come January.
If you want to stay lean and maintain your fitness levels over the coming weeks, here’s a handy guide to keeping active in Edinburgh – all within easy reach of Quartermile.
When it’s too miserable to hit the countryside, why not get your pulse racing by hitting the heights at Edinburgh’s International Climbing Arena in Ratho. Built in a disused quarry, it is now the largest indoor climbing wall in the UK.
Suitable for experts and novices alike, this purpose-built centre features hundreds of routes for hours and hours of fun. The climbing arena recently added a Clip ’n’ Climb installation to its long list of facilities, providing even more family-friendly entertainment. With cleverly designed automatic belay systems, scaling the walls is made safe and accessible for all.
If sticking to the vertical isn’t your thing, you can also try the separate bouldering room and the aerial assault course.
Having already wrapped up warm to protect yourself against the elements, there’s no better time to head for the ice and get the pulse racing by gliding and pirouetting at the Murrayfield Ice Rink. Just a short leap from Quartermile, the ice rink offers everything from family skating sessions to weekend disco skating, where you can really pull out your best Torvill and Dean moves.
There are 6 community sports hubs in Edinburgh where local clubs and local organisations work in unison to make community sport a fantastic experience. Designed to be safe and fun for participants of all ages, community sports hubs are Lottery-funded and work to support the grass roots activities, feeding talent through to the Britain’s world class sporting system. But best of all, they offer a great environment for all the family throughout the year.
As the saying goes, a little rain never hurt anyone. Although we all love to exercise with the sun on our back, it can be every bit as fulfilling to slap on the waterproofs and head out to face the worst the weather can throw at you.
With miles of bike trails and picturesque walks aplenty, Edinburgh is a fantastic place to burn calories. Thanks to the city’s QuetRoutes Network, cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy safe travel from the Meadows to the furthest corners of the city. For those less comfortable on two wheels, there are also a number of cycle skills training options available from Cycling Scotland and the Bike Station.