For those who like to stay fit and healthy, London is the perfect place.
There are many health, fitness and wellbeing classes and workshops you can join in London, whether it’s yoga, pilates, mindfullness or a singing group.
Health, Fitness and Wellbeing London
Gyms are located across London. They vary in price and facilities.
A few examples include:
- Virgin Active
- The Gym
- Nuffield Health
- Local leisure centre (search online for the area you live/work in)
- There are free outdoor gyms in some parks across London
- Join a ‘Green Gym’ – a perfect way to get fit and enjoy the outdoors
Other sports and leisure:
- Take part in a parkrun – 5km runs held on Saturday mornings in areas of open space around the UK. They are open to all, free, and are safe and easy to take part in.
- Swimming pools indoor and outdoor (lido)
- Join a football, netball, basketball, badminton, kayaking club
- Ice skate at one of London’s all year round indoor rinks or wrap up warm at one of the temporary outdoor rinks found in many tourist areas during the winter months
- Go climbing at one of London’s climbing centres
- Water based activities can be found at Lee Valley White Water Centre, including white water rafting, kayaking, tubing and hydrospeeding
- Golf courses can be found across London
- Join a group through www.meetup.com. This website promotes a diverse selection of groups to join.
Cycle in London
London is becoming a more cyclist friendly city.
- You can hire a Santander bike at one of the docking stations across the city or a Lime bike/electric scooter
- Join a cycling club
- A couple of links to cycle routes in London (or google search ‘cycle routes London’):
- Always be careful when cycling on London’s busy roads. Cycle lanes are provided in some sections.
- Although it is not a legal requirement for adults to wear a cycle helmet it is definitely advisable
- Be aware of cycling by-laws where you are cycling – sometimes cycling is not permitted on a certain path or it could be shared usage with pedestrians
- Cycle shops include large stores such as Halfords or you can find many independent shops around London
Walk in London
London has an abundance of places to walk ranging from short walks through parkland and commons to the Capital Ring Walk covering 78 miles. Walk along a canal or river or take a route incorporating London’s famous landmarks.
- Join a walking club, for example, Ramblers or find a group on www.meetup.com.
- Go on a guided tour. Most you have to pay for but some are free. Transport for London funds free Walk London tours 3 times a year
- Places may be closer than you think. Click on this link for a map showing walking distances between tube stations and suggested walks
Sing in London
Singing can be a great boost to your wellbeing. There are lots of opportunities to sing in London. Here are a few examples:
- Rock Choir
- Pop Choir
- London City Voices: a non-religious, non-audition community London choir
- Also check out meetup.com for singing meetup groups across London
- Or why not help raise funds for charity at Christmas time by joining one of the Christmas carol concerts.
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