Now that the Christmas decorations are back in the loft and we’re trudging sombrely into January, those New Year resolutions could be starting to wear as thin as the nicotine patches and gym excuses you and your other half are tearing through! But fortunately – It doesn’t have to be that way, with just a little booster, you can ensure your goals and targets are adhered to – and in style. As one of the most common resolutions is circled around exercise and being more active, Experience Days could scarcely be better placed to help you realise your goals for 2012, whether that be stretching your own muscles on an active class – or cooking mussels in wine and sauce; Experience Days can give your resolution list the boost of motivation and participation!
Discover Indoor Rock Climbing
Indoor rock climbing is a great activity to help you get fit as it uses almost every muscle in your body to tackle the vertical wall, and being inside it can be enjoyed regardless of the weather! This great introductory experience is perfect for anyone looking to get started in the sport as it will equip you with the necessary skills to start attempting the myriad of routes up the rock face. With expert coaching from the instructors throughout the experience, you will learn the basics of this exciting sport in no time – then it’s over to you!
Experience Includes: Expert instruction, learn to climb, all equipment provided
Where it’s Available: Gloucester, London, Kinlochleven, Swansea
Thames River Kayaking – Hampton Court Palace
Take to the water and enjoy the River Thames like never before, as you paddle along the world famous waters on board you own kayak (provided). The tours take place at either sunrise or sunset, so you will be able to marvel at the beauty of the surrounding buildings and landscapes, including Hampton Court Palace and its grounds – as you get a great work out for your upper body! The knowledgeable instructors provide insights to the surrounding areas, coaching advice and all equipment – making this great experience suitable for everyone from beginners to experienced paddlers.
Experience Includes: All equipment and coaching, Hampton Court Palace tour by kayak, sun rise or sun set journey.
Where it’s Available: London
Windsurfing is the most fun you can have in a wetsuit, or so they say! With this great introductory lesson you will be shown all the skills and techniques required to start harnessing the power of the wind and skim across the surface of the water. You will be 1:1 with the instructor ensuring you can absorb as much information as possible from the expert. As well as being great fun, windsurfing also builds up your core strength as you balance the board, hold on to the large sail and try and make the whole thing go in the direction you want it to!
Experience Includes: Expert 1:1 instruction, all equipment provided,
Where it’s Available: Brighton
Play Golf Like a Pro With Marriott
Learning to play golf is a great way to keep fit and active as it requires you to walk around the 18 holes, unless you get a buggy of course (which is not very New Year Resolution-esque! This great experience will allow you entry to any of the nine Marriott Golf clubs around the country, and a 45 minute lesson from the course’s PGA professional, before tackling an 18 hole championship course. A light lunch is included, and then it’s time to hit the driving range to practice the new skills and swings. So whether you are looking to dust of your old clubs and get a refresher lesson, or to start an exciting new hobby, learning to play golf at a Marriott hotel is a step in the right direction.
Experience Includes: Entry to the Marriott club, 45 minute lesson from a PGA Professional, play all 18 holes, Light lunch
Where it’s Available: Coventry, Chepstow, Derby, Kirknewton, Maidstone, Manchester, Norwich, Shipley and Southampton
Climb Ben Nevis
This fantastic experience could be a great challenge to set yourself to make sure you keep on target of your goals, as an expert mountaineering instructor will guide you up one of the classic routes on the UK’s tallest mountain to the peak of Ben Nevis. You will encounter steep rock faces, narrow mountain trails and large ice fields on your giant ascent – requiring a decent level of fitness, so why not make it the ultimate target of your year to be able to take on this mountain sized challenge?! The spectacular views at the summit will make the year of hard work so very worth it!
Experience Includes: Expert mountain guide, all equipment provided, climb the UK’s highest peak!
Where it’s Available: Fort William
So there we have it, our top 5 experiences to help boost the waning New Year’s Resolutions lists – and get you actively enjoying the great outdoors. So whether you are looking to set yourself a new challenge or just want to try a new and exciting activity to get the heart racing, there is something on Experience Days for everyone.