Katie McGarr (@katiemcgarr)
23 days ago

The start of a new year is the ideal time to revamp your diet and fitness routine. We’re not talking about restricting your eating until you’re left with rabbit food, or starting a gruelling fitness routine that you’ll never stick to. We’re encouraging small, manageable steps that are easy to follow and will become a better lifestyle with minimal effort from you. A great way to up your daily steps, explore a new place and get your heart beating faster is jogging or running. If you’re lucky enough to live here, or you’re a guest of PREMIER SUITES, here are some of the best jogging routes in Newcastle for you to start you new healthier lifestyle.

Why Jog?

Why jog when I could walk? Shouldn’t I do some HIIT to burn calories? If I want to tone up, shouldn’t I lift weights? There are a million different types of exercise to take part in but we prefer jogging as it is a great all-rounder. Running stretches and pushes your muscles, strengthens your cardiovascular system and helps you to lose weight and build muscle. Short, fast bursts of exercise suit many people better than long, gruelling workouts. Jogging contributes to our overall physical health and fitness but also helps to ease stress and anxiety and helps us to sleep better at night.

<b>1. Exhibition Park and Town Moor – 20-minute walk</b>
If you’d like a spot to jog that is closeby with a brisk 20-minute walk on either side to warm up or cool down, Exhibition Park and Town Moor is ideal. It’s a short walk form the busy city centre but is a world away. At over 1000 acres of wide open fields, the park is larger than Central Park in New York so you’ll have no shortage of space to squeeze in your 5k. There are cows grazing freely in the fields so be careful if you head off the beaten track! The park also has a play area, tennis courts and a café for a well-deserved post-run coffee.

<b>2. Quayside – 20-minute walk</b>
Better known for the great selection of bars, pubs and cafes, Quayside is also an ideal place to start an urban jog. Start down by the water and head along as far as your legs will take you, just remember you have to turn around and come back home the same distance! As well as being able to run past the iconic Millennium Bridge and under the Tyne Bridge, you can follow the river all the way to Gateshead along Hadrian’s Way. Or, you can head in the other direction towards the Ouseburn Valley, you can make a looped run if you cross the bridge and follow the Tyne back to Quayside.

<b>3. Tynemouth Beach – 20-minute drive</b>
Did you know that Newcastle has a beach less than 20 minutes’ drive from the city. Tynemouth is a picturesque seaside town that is also well connected by metro & public transport. There s nothing quite like being by the seas at any time of the year, but especially in summer when the evenings are brighter. Aside from the gorgeous views out over the ocean, running on sand is a great way to strengthen your calves and build up your stamina and resistance. The road parallel to Tynemouth Longsands beach is among the most popular running routes in the North East.

<b>4. The Great North Run</b>
If you really want to push yourself and your body to its limits, you could follow the route of the Great North Run, a 13.1 mile half marathon. Each year the marathon welcomes 57,000 runners from over 130 different countries racing from Newcastle to South Shields. The route takes you through Newcastle through Gateshead and South Tyneside even crossing the iconic Tyne Bridge along the way.

Author Bio: Katie McGarr is a resident writer for <a href="PREMIER">https://www.premiersuitesnewcastle.com/">PREMIER SUITES Newcastle</a> , a modern and stylish serviced apartment that provides business and leisure travelers the perfect place to stay in Newcastle UK. When she’s not petting her cat, you can see this free-spirited blogger writing articles about travel, food, and lifestyle.