5 things to try this year: New Year’s resolutions

Organising your "new you" plans can be a struggle

Organising your "new you" plans can be a struggle - Credit: Getty Images/Creatas RF

Make a New Year resolution you’ll want to keep with our handy guide

DanceBox run by professional dancer Illana Gambrill

DanceBox run by professional dancer Illana Gambrill - Credit: Archant

New year, new me. This age-old mantra is way past its sell-by date and so overused it comes fully loaded with an exaggerated eye roll and sarcastic grin. But not anymore, because 2016 is going to be the year where we take up a new Essex-based activity. From expanding upon culinary skills to getting fit or simply giving more to charity, make 2016 the year you tick something off your bucket list.

1. The most common New Year promise we’re all guilty of making, and often breaking, is the resolution to join a gym and get fit. By February, the treadmill has become increasingly dull and your personal trainer’s charm quickly wore off the second he screamed at you to do one more push up. At last, we’ve got the perfect solution. DanceBox is a high-energy cardio and core workout disguised as exciting dance routines. Release your inhibitions, tone up and lose weight whilst most importantly, having fun. DanceBox is run by professional dancer Illana Gambrill and is suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information, call on 07946 247486.


DanceBox - Credit: Archant

2. If dancing isn’t for you and you’re afraid of commitment then head to Studio ELB, Loughton and enrol in their January Detox. The 6 day schedule includes a daily, hour-long, morning workout, a complete nutrition plan and 50% off a relax or rehab sports massage. This is the perfect way to get on track after the festive season, and as it lasts for less than a week, you’ve got a much better chance of sticking to this fitness regime. The full detox plan costs £150. Check out www.studioelb.co.uk or call 0203 6026363.

3. Expand upon your culinary skills by learning how to cook authentic Indian food with Ranjeet Khare. Bebs Bites classes aim to give students the confidence to cook low-calorie dishes that are packed full of authentic flavour, at home in an average of 30 minutes. The skills you’ll gain in the two and a half hour lesson can be exercised as a mid-week meal or be the main event for any dinner party. What are you waiting for? Learn something new and ignite a new hobby today and visit www.bebsbites.com or call 07971 302927.

Taking a cookery class is a good resolution

Taking a cookery class is a good resolution - Credit: Archant

4. Why not give back this year by contributing to a charity? Remember, helping others doesn’t have to cost the earth. A small donation goes a very long way, but your time can go even further. Radio 1 and 1Xtra have recently launched a campaign to encourage young people all over the nation to collaboratively contribute 1million hours to Barnardos, Age UK, Cancer Research and Oxfam. From helping out in a local charity shop to visiting the elderly, this scheme highlights the many benefits of volunteering and is a great way to educate children. Get in touch with your local charity and see how you can make a difference in 2016.

5. Make friends with like-minded people and learn a new skill at Bedford House in association with the Buckhurst Hill Community Association. The charity offers multiple craft courses which cover a host of creative skills. You can brush up on your painting, try your hand at papercrafts and even enrol in a photography crash course. There’s something for everyone and classes to suit all abilities. Visit www.b-h-c-a.org or call 020 8504 6668 for a full list of workshops.

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