From feasting on Thanksgiving turkey to gorging on Christmas ham, it's hard to find the motivation to keep off the pounds that turn into your next New Year's resolution. Why hit the gym for more of the same old boring routine when you can find more fun ways to keep moving? Find fun in fitness without feeling the burn with these unique ways to keep your heart racing in Raleigh.
Dash, then Drink with Tir Na Nog Run Club
Tir Na Nog may be gone, but the pack survives. Come to Raleigh Beer Garden and run more than a tab with Tir Na Nog Run Club on Monday nights at 6:15pm. With 3 to 6 mile routes, this club welcomes newcomers and seasoned runners alike. After your run, reward yourself with the $5 runner dinner menu and team trivia. Mondays, 6:15pm at Raleigh Beer Garden (614 Glenwood Ave)
Join the Circus at Cirque de Vol
Slip away from gravity and soar on the trapeze, aerial hoop, or silks at Cirque de Vol, Raleigh's premier circus school. Between partner acrobatics, contortion, and aerial boot camp, their dedicated instructors guide students through new moves equally focusing on strength and grace. Aerial boot camp will not only give you the taste of the circus you've always wanted to run away to and join, but maximize new fitness gains. Check out their specials on 5, 10, and 20 class passes on Groupon for a deal. 300 West Hargett Street, Suite 40
Cycle, Compete, Repeat at CycleBar North Hills
Stadium cycling has finally hit Raleigh with the new CycleBar branch opening in North Hills. CycleBar is more than your average spin class with larger-than-life flat screens, specially curated playlists, and rider challenges. Compete against other riders or yourself with CycleStats displayed on-screen as you watch your scores climb in real time. 200 Park at North Hills Street
Reach New Heights at Triangle Rock Club
Indoor rock climbing is as much an exercise of the mind as it is an exercise of the body. With ever changing top-rope climbing routes, bouldering, and functional fitness classes, Triangle Rock Club offers an immersive, full body experience once you enter the door. Triangle Rock Club prides itself on community with regular climbing clinics, yoga, and dinner on surprise member appreciation nights. The 30-foot walls are great for partner workouts, while 7 auto-belays are available for those who want to climb alone. 6022 Duraleigh Road
Go Hardcore at Parkour with Enso Movement
Dedicated to the professional instruction and coaching of parkour and freerunning, Enso Movement strives to help you move through mental and physical obstacles with ease and grace. Fitness classes here focus on skills used for parkour, such as running, jumping, flipping, and climbing. The multi-level platforms, a foam pit, and beams transform this space into your personal jungle gym. 3200–115 Wellington Court
Written by Renee Baker
Renee is a sit-down comedienne and event photographer when she's not at her day job. While it doesn't pay the bills, her talents are an excuse to day drink craft brews on rooftops, get into festivals on Fayetteville Street, and general gallivanting. Outdoors she's usually seen with her default date: her dog Max, scoping out a spot to people watch and heckle passersby. Her mother says the two worst things you can give her indoors are a drink and a mic.