Different Ways to Keep Fit in London
Although there are some traditional, tried and tested methods mentioned, we also have included many of our favourite offbeat and alternative ideas, to help motivate you to get up and out there.
Even better, many of these suggestions require the same sort of investment as a monthly gym membership you might not use anyway!
#1 - Running and Walking
Motivation or lack of it can often be the problem when it comes to walking and running, but when you have a choice of such amazing scenic places as Hyde Park, Regent's Park, Finsbury Park, Green Park, Clapham Common and so many more, it may make it a lot easier to want to go out.
Another way to get motivated is by using either a service like mapmyrun.org or a FitBit or similar app/device to chart your activity.
That way, you can see your progress and the hard work you have put in and start making realistic goals - that will all help motivate you to get up and out there.
Perhaps you could consider joining a running club or roping a friend in to come along with you (London Midnight Runners is one of my favourites!)
#2 - Cycling
Therefore, it is a lot kinder on your body. Most of the parks mentioned above can be accessed by cyclists and many have special cycling paths and lanes.
Even if you don't have a bike yourself - you can hire a bike easily with Santander cycles (AKA "Boris Bikes"!)
#3 - Dancing
Couples looking to do more things together could enroll for a dance class together - that way you are both learning a new skill, spending time together doing something fun and keeping fit all at the same time!
If you don't want to be in the next Diversity or turn into Louis Spence; you could try classic Ballroom dancing.
#4 - Watersports
If you head to down the Docklands Sailing and Watersports Centre at Millwall Dock and River Thames, you will be treated to 25 acres of completely sheltered water, an excellent and safe training environment for trying out a whole host of water-based activities such as rowing log, dragon boating, canoeing and sailing.
#5 - Team Sports
Football is one of the most popular sports in the whole of the UK - so you'll easily find a range of teams at all levels, and all times of the week! Whether it's five a side, seven a side or 11 a side - you'll easily be able to find a football game and level which suits you.
Apart from football - London has a huge range of different sports you can get involved in! Whether it's American football, table tennis, dodgeball or anything else, giving your sport of choice a google and you'll find a range of ways to get involved and keep healthy.
#6 - Horse Riding
There are various stables in the London area that offer lessons, such as Wimbledon Village Stables, Hyde Park Stables and Lee Valley Park to name just three.
While the horse will be doing a lot of the leg work – you will still work up a sweat and in time it could help improve your core strength, balance and co-ordination.
#7 - Parkour / Free-Running
This is that part majestic, part lunacy activity that involves navigating around whatever environment you are in the most interesting and exciting way possible.
Although it is not recommended that you take this up without any support or lessons, there are classes available in the London area and with such a rich landscape of different structures, terrains and obstacles you will find plenty of places to test out your vaulting, somersaulting and jumping skills.
At the very least, it has hopefully shown that there is more to keeping fit in London than your usual gym visits!
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