January is a wonderful time for making new resolutions and positive healthy changes in your life. This year why not doing something a little different and set yourself an active challenge to aim for? We've selected our favourite fitness and adventure challenges for the new year, all of which have superb support along the way and give you a fantastic confidence boost on completion.
Run your way through January with the fantastic Run Every Day January. RED January's founder created this annual event as she was 'Inspired by the life-changing effect that a physical challenge has had on my mum’s mental health' and thousands of people have since experienced the boost that regular physical exercise can give to their mental and physical health. Sign up online and join the Facebook group for daily support, tips and some excellent story-sharing.
Head up to God's Own Country for this 24 mile circular walk that climbs Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. A great one to organise with a group of friends, bagging this challenge is also a great stepping stone to the more well-known British Three Peaks.
Wales can add another string to its bow. As well as being fantastic country for hiking and providing exciting opportunities for surfers, its varied landscape of majestic mountains, rural lanes, stunning coastline and peaceful towns is a great backdrop for cycling. In this challenge you'll pedal 260 miles from the Isle of Anglesey south to finish in its capital city of Cardiff.
Rat Race returns in May for its Dirty Weekend at Burghley House, Lincolnshire. Expect 'monster obstacles, a phenomenal afterparty, huge event village and an awesome festival campsite' as you tackle 13, 20 or 40 miles of all-out muddy fun. More details here.
Is 2019 your triathlon year? Around the UK there are so many to try, and 220 Triathlon has all the guidance you need to help you along the way. July's Guildford Triathlon is a fab event to cut your teeth on whilst more experienced triathletes can take on Whitchurch's Ultimate Triathlon in August.
Alton Water in Suffolk is the location for the annual The Great East Swim. Whatever your experience and strength, you'll find something to suit as distances range from a 250 metres to a 10km swim.
Combine a fitness challenge with a holiday on the pretty Isle of Wight. With a mere 106km of coastline, this challenge asks you to circumnavigate the island by walking, jogging or running. Sea views are guaranteed.
For something a little less outdoorsy, sign up this January for Yoga With Adriene's 30 day yoga challenge. It's the perfect introduction to yoga for novices, and you'll see the benefits in all other areas of your life - from work, play and rest to fitness, strength and a peaceful mind - in days. Subscribe on Youtube now.
If you haven't heard of the Devizes Westminster International Canoe Marathon, then get searching right now. You'll be asked to paddle 200km from Devizes in Wiltshire up the Thames to Westminster. Training, stamina, a sense of humour and a love of the Thames are a must. You need to find out more so click here.
10. Tribal Clash
A team event for all CrossFit addicts. Put all of that Crossfit training to use as your team is tasked with lifting, shifting (carrying, dragging, pulling), locomoting (running, swimming) or climbing during this two day event in South Devon. See what's involved here.