Let’s admit it.
We haven’t quite followed through on our fitness goals for the new year, have we?
A month in, our yoga mat is languishing under the stairs and the Fitbit we got from Santa is now little more than a fancy heart monitor.
But fear not – January 1st isn’t the only time to make a change. If the Arctic conditions outside are putting you off going for a run, you might like to take up something new indoors.
Join a class or club that gathers inside a building, under a roof and possibly even with heating, and you won’t feel nearly as guilty about muting that joggers’ WhatsApp group.
Here are a few we’ll definitely be signing up for:
1. Put pen to paper
Fancy yourself as a bit of a wordsmith? Creative writing is a known stress-reliever and a great way to express yourself. Keep an eye on local schools for night classes or check out Obheal.ie to find a writers’ group or workshop near you.
2. Try pole dance therapy
Because life really is too short not to pole dance your troubles away. Not only is pole dancing fun, it’s also a decent full-body workout. Check out Pole Dance Therapy on Facebook for more.
3. Take up singing lessons
Go on, indulge your inner stage school kid and build up your vocal strength. Voiceworks runs classes and workshops, as well as an Indie Choir for adults. Or check out Gumtree for private tutors who’ll also be able to help you tune your pipes to perfection.
4. Get into world cinema
Give up re-watching old series on Netflix and expose yourself to the best of indie and foreign films at Cork Cine Club. Movies are screened at St John’s College on Thursday evenings.
5. Learn how to screenprint on clothes
Give your old pieces a new lease of life or create something unique as a gift. Artist Fiona Creagh is running a screen printing workshop in Crawford and Co. later this month, details here.