Working or living in London isn’t necessarily conducive to keeping fit.
You have to contend with a hectic work schedule, the weather doesn’t always cooperate and a gym membership can feel like an unnecessary expense in the current financial climate. So how do you stay fit?
More often than not finding an activity you enjoy is half the battle won.
There are a lot of options around London which offer something a little different to the norm. These alternatives are inexpensive and you’ll have fun.. You could also meet a few like-minded people.
1.Swim Like a Champ in the 2012 Olympic Pool
Get some laps in pre or post work.Swimming is an excellent form of exercise, from cardio to toning and weight loss, so why not head off to the London Aquatics Centre?
The indoor pool complex was used for the various swimming events throughout the 2012 Olympics and is now a public leisure center. The session prices are affordable and there are two pools, each 50 meters long.
2.Float like a Butterfly
If you’re really keen to try something different, join a FloatFit class.
It’s combines swimming and a gym workout, done on an inflatable bed that floats on water.
Definitely not the normal exercise routine, a 90-minute workout doing aerial trapeze will put your core strength and flexibility to the test while you’re suspended in mid-air.
It’s a grueling session and works almost every muscle in your body.
But it’s different, a lot of fun and you will be back for more.
4. Try Voga
This is an exercise form that combines yoga and vogueing. Think of it as yoga with attitude, all done to 80s music.
Military fitness is where it’s at at the moment. These high-intensity boot camp sessions are led by former and current members of the Armed Forces, but have been made to be more civilian-friendly.
Be prepared to do press-ups, star jumps and squats, with running and a few other activities in between. Also be prepared to sweat.
6. Jump Your Way To Fitness
Another recent addition to the fitness scene is indoor trampoline parks.
The class involves bouncing through various movements like star jumps, truck jumps and 360-degree spins. If that seems too difficult you can always spend an hour just jumping.
Believe it or not that in itself is an excellent calorie burner and cardio workout.
7.Discover Your Inner Diva
If you grew up in the 80s you will love Seen on Screen Fitness.
This dance program combines exercise with your favorite music from the 80s. There are regular classes every month with ballet barre, hip-hop and ‘sass sessions’. If you’re into more current stuff, they offer weekend classes themed on the latest releases.
If you’re nervous to reveal your inner diva in public there are online classes available.
This is a great initiative from Nike, where runners, from beginners to advanced, meet up for free weekly club runs. The run starts from Niketown Oxford Street or Nike Central Kings Cross and is done through the streets of London.
Pros join the runs and there’s an app where you can track your progress and design your own training plan.
This is ideal for everyone, whether you’re starting off or training for a marathon, and it’s a great way to get, and keep, motivated.
9.Get Your Own Personal Trainer
If you’re interested in personal training, the Moorgate area has a fair amount of gyms and fitness centres to choose from with accredited trainers. While this might not necessarily be the cheapest option, it’s a definite investment.
For some, even starting an exercise programme is a daunting task, which is where a personal trainer will make the world of difference.
They will help you with a realistic exercise program, assess your progress, and give advice on diet, best food choices and provide you with a workable meal plan.
10. Get Moving
For a free workout, just get moving. Why not take advantage of living in a beautiful city and walk or cycle to work?
Get off the subway one stop sooner, cycle instead of using the bus. Any exercise is better than none at all.