Just because some of your activities are restricted because of COVID-19 doesn’t mean you should stop exercising or just enjoying outdoor activities. Exercise is not only an essential part of your physical health; it helps you mentally as well.
Your work life may be restricted, and you may not be able to sit in your favourite restaurant, but you shouldn’t forego exercise or enjoy being outside in the fresh air.
You can still exercise and unwind outdoors, as long as you practice social distancing.
Here are some of the best outdoor spots in London where you can exercise and unwind.
5 Great Places for Outdoor Exercises
Wandsworth Common Trim Trail
Located in South West London, Wandsworth Common is an excellent place for an outdoor workout. You can get a good cardio workout by running around the circular trail. They also have pull-up bars, parallel bars, and a monkey ladder for you to work on your strength training. If you have children, there’s a playground for them to hang out while you get your workout in.
If you like to get exercise by playing games, Holland Park may be for you. Located on the west side, Holland Park has tennis courts and cricket pitches. It also has a lot of walking pathways and a small outdoor gym for bodyweight training. After your workout, you might want to stop by the Blue Corner Café to refuel with breakfast or lunch.
Brown Hart Gardens
Brown Hart Gardens has a wide variety of outdoor exercise options. You can go to Mayfair for Pilates or head over to Buckingham Palace Road Gardens in Belgravia for yoga on Tuesdays. Danceworks host all sessions. Best of all, everything is free, but you have the option of donating to charity.
Located in South West London, Clapham Common has 200 acres of green space, plenty of room for running. They also have a lot of bars for you to do callisthenics. There’s also a wide selection of fluorescent green weights and cardio machines in the middle of the park.
This park has become a fitness hub with personal trainers and boot camps taking advantage of all this space. If you want some motivation, you can sign up for one of these boot camps. BOXIT Boot Camp, Lean Body Boot camp, and Think Urban Fitness are some available boot camps.
If you like using a wide variety of fitness equipment during your workout, then Kennington Park is for you. Located in South West London, the fitness equipment at Kennington Park is set up like an obstacle course. They have ab-benches, high bars for muscle-ups, parallel bars, pull-up bars, and a monkey ladder. It’s a popular spot for people who love callisthenics.
3 Great Places to Just Unwind and Relax
One of the most excellent places in London to sit down and relax is Hampstead Heath. Hampstead Heath is a wild park of woodland and meadows, located inside North London’s zone, Two less than four miles from the centre. This park has 790 green acres of hills, usable ponds, ancient woodlands, and a lido. It also provides excellent views of the London skyline.
The Royal Parks
There are eight royal parks spread across London. Covering over 5000 acres of historic parkland, the parks provide beautiful green spaces right in the heart of London. These are great places to relax, unwind, exercise, and clear your mind.
Mile End Park
Mile End Park is a great place to chill out and relax. It has a small ecological area for you to relax in. If you want to be on the water, this is the place to be. Regent’s Canal runs through this park, so you can watch the canal boats silently pass by while you relax. You can also watch the locks as they raised and lower the boats to different waterway levels.