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Does the idea of monotonously jogging on the treadmill or precariously lifting weights next to an intimidating, grunting beefcake fill you with absolute dread?

Then make sure 2013 is the year you try something new. Here, we track down five quirky alternative workouts to rid you of those festive calories.



Prancing around with a hula hoop is a great way to lose weight – you can burn up to 100 calories for every 10 minutes you spend doing these retro rotating pelvic thrust movements.

Hoop dancing is an all-round fitness winner as it works your love handles and also has extreme cardio-factor.

Hula-hoop fanatics also claim there’s something very zen about their activity – they say they do it for therapeutic reasons and even as a form of meditation. 

Price: £9.50 per class or £48 for six weeks.

When and where: Weds, 7.30pm-8.30pm. 
Hornsey Parish Church Hall, N10 3AH.

Kangaroo jumping 

This kooky class is entirely dedicated to jumping like a roo.

The organisers have bought a whole bunch of special jumpy shoes (called Kangoo Jumps), which you wear during the class.

The bizarre footwear allows you to bounce up and down like Skippy, but it’s low impact, so it doesn’t cause damage to your feet or legs.

In this high-energy aerobics class, they promise you’ll burn twice as many calories in the same time as you would without the super-special footwear.

Price: £58pcm membership for all classes.

When and where: Tues, 7pm. Gymbox
71 Lombard Street, EC3V 9AY.


Bell ringing 

Bells are heavy. So heavy, in fact, they worklike weights. So, bell ringing offers a hugely fun way to get fit.

Join this group in creating jingles and benefit from improved reaction time, balance, muscle endurance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness.

Plus, you’ll also make a bunch of new mates!

Price: Free.

When and where: 7.30-9.30pm Tues. St James
Thurland Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4AA8.


Weird workouts: Five alternative fitness crazes to banish that Christmas bulge
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