Alternative New Year’s resolutions from the obvious choices in 2019

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team

Looking for a new activity to tackle in 2019? We have the answer.

Bored of the traditional gym and looking for another way to keep fit and healthy in 2019? We offer up some alternative New Year’s Resolutions to keep active in the year ahead…

Cycling
It’s as easy as riding a bike, so goes the expression, but the world’s your oyster on what two-wheel format you want to tackle. There’s the extreme from Red Bull Last Stand in which a rider is eliminated after each lap to the ridiculous with Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme, where riders travel gargantuan distances. Or if mountain biking’s more your thing, why not let the likes of Rachel and Gee Atherton hunt you down in the Red Bull Foxhunt.

Running
All you need are a pair of trainers and off you go. Wings for Life World Run takes place all over the globe, your entry fee going towards the non-for-profit foundation Wings for Life. It occurs at the same time all over the world come May until one runner is left standing and declared the winner. If that’s not ambitious enough, what about running up the steepest ski jumps in the world for Red Bull 400?

Trail and mountain running
If you’re done with running on the roads, you could turn your attention to the trails and climbs, testing out how level your footing is on tougher terrains. For one, there’s Red Bull Steeplechase in the UK which starts with 500 runners of varying ability and ending with just 20 for the final part of the 23-mile route. Or else you can run 3,000 metres vertically in the Italian Alps for Red Bull K3.

Climbing
We probably wouldn’t suggest you immediately follow the pros on outdoor rock faces; probably best to start indoors to get to grips of the discipline. 

Surfing
If water’s your thing, there’s no shortage of options. Why not pick up a board, and test yourself on the waves – even as a first timer? It might take a lifetime of work on the water to get up to the speed of the pros tackling Red Bull Cape Fear or Red Bull Queen of the Bay

SUP
Casper Steinfath and Kai Lenny have raced their stand up paddle boards at some iconic locations again in 2018. SUP is one of the fastest growing water sports so their are plenty of opportunities to get involved in 2019. 

Dancing
It’s not necessarily traditional sport but dancers are some of the fittest athletes in the world from the more traditional moves to the breakdancing of the B-boys. The two worlds collide with Red Bull Flying Bach

Parkour
Again, not a traditional sporting playground but Jason Paul is proof you can start from scratch and become among the world’s best in parkour or freerunning. Paul only got into the sport by default in 2005 when he and a friend started watching YouTube clips. From Gaza to Santorini, there’s no shortage of people bitten by the parkour bug.

Mind Gamers
If your preference is to keep an active mind rather than body, tackling the Mind Gamers route might be the way to go. One of the fastest growing genres, there’s a myriad of options, including the Escape Room World Championships.

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