As with many aspects of life, the coronavirus pandemic has temporarily changed the way we exercise. Staying fit and healthy is now more important than ever before, but with the gyms closed and classes cancelled, how can we be expected to ensure that we are keeping on top of our health?
As per government rules under the national lockdown, members of the public can leave the house for “one form of exercise a day”. Naturally, your options here are limited to either a walk, run, or bike ride once per day. This might sound boring and discouraging, so why not look for the best places to do this?
Here are 6 London spots ideal for your daily form of exercise – spoiler alert: they are also top tourist spots that you can make use of when exploring the capital under more pleasant terms. Keep this list handy for the next time you take an overnight break at Dorsett Hotel, City.
Not just a spot to be admired, Hyde Park is a great place to visit and meet your exercise commitment! This famous area is one of London’s eight Royal Parks and spans across 350 acres, leaving you much to explore if you choose to walk or run here. As a Grade I-listed major park in Central London, the place is also teeming with exciting history and sights!
Get your walking shoes on, take a deep breath, and get ready to explore London’s Regent Canal. Who said that lockdown had to be boring?! Named after the Prince Regent, (later George IV), Regent’s Canal starts at Little Venice and ends in Docklands, giving you plenty to absorb as you make your way through the route.
Adding another park onto the list, let us explore exactly why Holland is a hot spot to drop… and get your push ups in. Based in Kensington, on the western edge of Central London, this stunning outdoor space is huge and has much to admire.
Thames Path National Trail
England’s best-known river as you have never seen it before… The next time you are planning to get out of the house for your daily form of exercise, look to the Thames Path National Trail. While the entire thing takes around 14 days to complete, you are still more than welcome to take advantage of one of the 12 accessible routes as a short-term option.
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If you prefer bike riding to walking or running, Stratford’s Lee Valley boasts a staggering 26 miles of traffic-free cycling. Not sure where to start? The area is broken up into different cycle routes to keep you on the right path.
The Golden Circle route, for example, takes you through the Waterworks Centre nature reserve which boasts over 500 different plants and one quarter of Britain’s butterfly species!
A place that certainly deserves the term ‘easy on the eye’, Dulwich Park makes for a great spot to explore when you are not stuck at home binge-watching Netflix. To make your outdoor run, cycle or walk even more productive, there is an outdoor gym that you can take advantage of.