December 30, 2014

Put on your trainers in 2015

I remember the first time I challenged myself to complete a five-kilometre race, it was the beginning of a New Year and I had promised myself I'd change my ways and get fit. Out of breath and simply out of shape, it was a real struggle. These days I can happily jog out a five-kilometre run, and often push myself to take part in half-marathons and full marathons. Obviously, running isn't for everyone, but there are so many ways you challenge yourself, especially in Europe.

Here, I take a look at the ways you can change your life for the better in the New Year, from outdoor swimming to seeing more of this remarkable continent we live in. What's more, crossing the Channel only takes 35-minutes, meaning it'll be so much easier to keep your 2015 New Year resolutions.

Walk, jog, run

You don't have to be an athlete to train for a marathon or half marathon, but it does take a certain level of focus. If you do decide to take on the challenge of a race, then a great way to begin your journey is by taking part in one of the many races that occur throughout Europe.

A great New Year half-marathon to be a part of is the Tecno Globe Marathon, a road race that begins in the stunning, forested commune of Cernay-la-Ville in France. As you pace yourself down the roads, you'll be treated to gorgeous views of the surrounding landscape - a true delight

Another great race that's happening in January is the Coburger Winter Marathon, which takes place in the Bavarian town of Coburg, Germany. A place full of magnificent architecture, such as the Fortress of Coburg and Ehrenburg Palace, Coburger is not only a challenging race, but also an opportunity to admire the captivating scenery of this charming town.

 Take in the views of the Fortress of Coburg
Take in the views of the Fortress of Coburg

Winter swimming

Winter swimming might seem a little strange, especially at this chilly time of the year, but on top of the frosty sea, the slightly warmer parts of Europe are brimming with gorgeous pools just waiting to be explored, making it a great New Year resolution to take on.

 NY-resolutions-sea image
Will you be brave enough to dive in?

Kick start your New Year with an ice cold winter swim at the Unox Nieuwjaarsduik Scheveningen. This chilly Dutch tradition takes place on New Year's day, and involves hundreds of people coming together in their swimming trunks and bikinis to dive in to the icy sea!

If you'd prefer something a little warmer, head to a superb collection of pools that are close to the La Cascade waterfall in Sillan La Cascada, a quaint village in the Provence-Alpes-Côte-D'azur. Despite the main pool being closed, if you walk further downstream you'll come across a collection of equally amazing aqua-blue pools, and another waterfall, which are perfect for a refreshing morning swim.

 Dive into the refreshing pools of La Cascade.
Dive into the refreshing pools of La Cascade.

Inspired for 2015?

If these amazing New Year challenges have got you inspired for your 2015 resolutions, be sure to make the journey to these stunning locations with Eurotunnel Le Shuttle. Remember, it only takes 35-minutes to cross the Channel, so you'll have no reason to miss out on your 2015 adventures!

Photo Credits:
Trainers @ Jeff Blackler
Coburg @ Heribert Pohl
Brave to dive in @ Alexander Fritze
La Cascade @ Jessica Gardner

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