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How to keep fit in London during lockdown

By QMHalls 12 Jan 2021

As we enter the new year, you might be one of the many people who have decided to keep fit and become more active in 2021.

But after the news of another lockdown, you'd be forgiven for wondering how you'd go about that in and around London, with leisure centres and gyms closing and all team sports being suspended. 

Nevertheless, there are still ways in which you can keep in shape in the city. Here are just a few things you can do...

Join a virtual running club

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If you want to get into running and become part of a community, joining a running club is a great way to meet new people and make friends whilst keeping in shape. Although running clubs are closed for now, you can still join a club and get support for your activity from club members. Clubs like London City Runners have a hashtag which you can use for your social media posts so that everyone in the club can still see how well you've done and vice versa! 

Some clubs do weekly zoom calls so you can all keep in touch, share your goals and encourage one another. We-run's virtual club is accessible via an app and has loads of resources to help you reach your goals, including a live audio session to help guide you whilst you are running.

Hire a Santander cycle

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If you fancy a bike ride, Santander cycles are located all around London and you can hire them for just £2 for 30 minutes. Then it's up to you where you go. You could design an hour round-trip bike ride the night before, trying to beat your time each time you hire a bike or you could just go for a casual ride to take in the splendour of the Capital. Either way it's a brilliant and cheap option to stay fit. 

Take a walk

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In and amongst the hustle and bustle of the city it can be easy to forget that London actually has quite a lot of scenic walks and greenery. Walks can offer an easy and peaceful alternative to a run and you can do it in your own time. Check out some of the best walks that you can explore in London, from the Little Venice to Camden trail to taking a stroll through London's oldest royal park.

Have a go at a Zip fit class

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Zip fit classes take place on Tuesday evenings at Hyde Park and they are currently offering 5 sessions for just £25. The standard price for their 30 minute socially-distanced sessions is £10. The 30 minutes include 5 minutes of movement preparation, followed by an intense 20 minute HIIT workout and a further 5 minutes to stretch and finish up.

These sessions are specifically aimed for people who spend a lot of time slumped over their computer, so if that sounds like you - get involved!

Book a disco yoga class

London-based Disco Yoga has turned its attention to offering sessions via Zoom during the pandemic which means you can attend a class from the comfort of your flat. Don your sparkliest outfit, and invite your friends to join with you online, as a live DJ plays funky tunes to accompany you for this groovy workout which will leave you feeling fresh as a daisy. Classes cost just £5 and last for an hour every Thursday evening - that's great value! 

Don't forget that you can exercise outside with members of your household so you don't have to do any of these activities on your own!

Keeping fit is so important for your physical and mental health and giving just one of these a try could help you to lead a healthier and happier life through lockdown.


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