Many of us resolve to get in shape in the New Year — or at least shed those post-Christmas pounds.
After weeks of festive parties, a calorific Christmas lunch and all that chocolate, it's probably a good idea to get off the sofa and get active this January.
But you don't have to confine yourself to the gym to get some exercise.
Huddersfield offers some great scenic locations for getting fit and blowing away the winter cobwebs — and even better, you can dodge expensive gym fees and use them for free!
Here's five ways to get fit in Huddersfield:
- Climb Castle Hill
Slog up Castle Hill and not only will you burn some calories, you'll also be rewarded with amazing views of Huddersfield. Walk up the steep paths to the summit, some 997 feet above sea level, and tackle the stairs up to Victoria Tower. You never know, after a few walks you might be running up the stairs like Rocky!
- Get active on the Greenway
Harness pedal power to get in shape and take in some of the Calder Valley's spectacular views at the same time on the Calder Valley Greenway. The four-mile, largely rural route connects Huddersfield and Dewsbury via woodland, farmland and riverside paths.
- Take on Holme Moss
This is certainly not a cycling course for beginners, but with some training, you may be able to tackle the punishing Holme Moss climb. The Tour de France route included a race to its summit — if you really want to challenge yourself, see if you can follow in the footsteps of Le Tour and make it to the top. Phew!
- Try the Huddersfield Parkrun
Join this friendly bunch of runners for a weekly challenge against the clock. The Huddersfield Parkrun, 5km run around Greenhead Park, Huddersfield, is held every Saturday at 9am. The Parkrunners try to beat their personal times, not each other — it's simply you vs the clock. Register on the website to join the group and run at your own pace.
- Explore the moors
Explore Marsden Moor for a great way to get fit while taking in breathtaking views. The National Trust Estate stretches across 5,685 acres and offers guided walks and themed trails for those who want to get fit in the great outdoors. For opening times and more information, click here .