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Have you made the new year’s resolution to do more exercise? If so, you’re not alone – according to a recent poll, 38% of people make the same promise at the beginning of each year. Of course, resolutions are famously difficult to keep, but fortunately Bristol has lots of facilities that will help you to stick to your goals. Here are just some of the ways you can get sporty in the city in 2019!


One of the simplest and cheapest ways to get into shape is through running. You don’t need lots of expensive equipment or gym membership – just a good pair of shoes and the drive to get up and go. If you prefer to run alone, check out Map My Run to discover routes uploaded by other runners. Or, if you need the motivation of a running buddy, go to the Bristol City Council website to find out about local running clubs and courses.

It’s easier to stick to a resolution when you have a particular goal in mind, and Bristol hosts plenty of running events throughout the year that you can sign up for. Race for Life and Tough Mudder are 5k races, and Run Bristol holds the 10k in May and the half marathon in September every year.


Bristol boasts a number of swimming pools, so if you’d like to get your exercise in the water, you should be able to find a pool near you (check out this list from Bristol City Council to find your local pool). Many of these places will require membership, or you can pay for each swim as you go.

For something a bit different, why not check out wild swimming spots near the city? Or you might discover your new favourite watersport with All-Aboard! in Bristol City Docks – you can try out everything from paddleboarding to yachting, kayaking to sailing, right in the heart of the city!


Thanks to the Better by Bike campaign, there are all sorts of ways you can get started with cycling in Bristol. They run a bike loan scheme, so you can borrow a bike free of charge for a month to see if you like it. On the Better by Bike website you can also find mapped-out routes for cycle rides, and check out upcoming cycling events to inspire you and to get in touch with like-minded people.

Joining a gym

Whether you’re looking for exercise bikes, treadmills or rowing machines, Bristol has lots of fantastic gyms to get you started on your fitness journey. Depending on what you want from a gym, you can find places with state-of-the-art facilities, ladies’ only areas, cheap membership rates or 24-hour access, so you can more easily build your workouts into your life. Most gyms also offer fitness classes, where a trained professional will guide you while you work up a sweat.

Thinking outside the box

If none of the above options appeal to you, there are so many other ways to get fit in Bristol. With just a little bit of searching you can find dance classes, sports teams, martial arts lessons, walking groups, boxing gyms, badminton courts and climbing walls – with all those choices, keeping your new year’s resolution won’t just be easy, it’ll be a blast too!

Do you want to rent a property in this vibrant and active city? Gough Quarters are happy to help, so contact us today to get started.

Image sources:

Cover image by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash

Sailing in Bristol Docks by Rob Brewer from Bristol, England – Sails, CC BY-SA 2.0,

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