Yes, I’m one of those boring ‘Dry January’ types that goes off everything bad and tries to spend the month getting fit and drying out from the festive excesses. But me and the gym and not on speaking terms due to too many injuries – me, not it… so I’ve been researching a few other fun ways to burn off the turkey belly.

Clubbercise: Clubbercise® has finally arrived in Northern Ireland and is great fun thanks to the dance routines set to club anthems. Bopping about to your favourite tracks (in the dark) means you can really go as wild as you want and the rave glow sticks mean you work your arms and burn up to 500 cals in one hour! I’m going to Kylee’s tonight, but there are classes all over so check out Facebook for info in your area.

MMA: World IMMAF and IBJJF champion, Leah McCourt has started Belfast’s first MMA classes for women. The mum-of-one decided she wanted to give more women the chance to try the sport- as many of them just don’t have the confidence to start.

The first 6 week course went so well that she is planning another one in Fight Club Ireland’s premises in Poleglass. This is a full body workout that’s not for the fainthearted – so be prepared to be sore the next day! Email:

Dancing: Aurora Studios offers fitness classes that have been inspired someway by a style of dance –  Burlesque, Hip Hop, Ballroom or Ballet. Classes are early, lunch or evening and different lengths. The high intensity dance workouts to help you burn calories, lose weight and improve general fitness, as well as low intensity strengthening classes to help tone up, build strength and improve flexibility. All abilities can go along.

Hiking: Regular GSpotters! will know that I like a good walk, and in 2017 I’ve decided to get out and climb a few mountains. First on the list was Slieve Gullion – nestled in the hills overlooking South Armagh. Thankfully I was advised to buy hiking boots rather than trainers as it was incredibly mucky and boggy – and as you can see from this photo it was also very foggy! It takes about 1.5 hours up and down and we went with someone who knew the route which is advisable….thankfully Synge & Byrne coffee shop is at the bottom to get a well deserved tea and a bun (defeats the purpose I know!)

Polercise: Polercise Ltd. was the first purpose built pole dance studio in Northern Ireland. The studio in Belfast City Centre facilitates weekly exercise classes and is a great way of working your core muscles. I did a six week course a few years ago and it was a bit tricky to get the hang of, but was good fun if you have a group of girls to go along with.

Hopefully I’ve given you a few good ideas to start the year off on a positive note…..remember a big glass of wine is about 200 calories so a few more high kicks and you won’t feel so guilty having one – providing you can still lift your arm that is!