London is a city rich with opportunities for those who are always keen on trying something new, and that’s especially true of sporting pursuits. There are clubs, gyms, courts and pitches everywhere, with thousands of people ready to join you in whatever exercise you choose to undertake.
To highlight the wealth of options available, London Sport has launched #LDNMovesMe – a campaign that will run until July and is designed to support their bid to get one million Londoners exercising regularly by 2020.
As well as encouraging all Londoners to share their activities on social media with the hashtag #LDNMovesMe to showcase everything going on in the capital, the campaign has teamed up with sports clubs and organisations across the city to pool what’s on offer so it can be found easily on the website.
To start off your sporting search, we’ve picked five great ways to get involved with #LDNMovesMe.
Go On A Group Run With GoodGym
Exercise that benefits body, soul and your local community – a GoodGym run also involves a physical task to help out people and organisations in the area. Whether it’s digging a garden, clearing junk or visiting isolated older people, each GoodGym run has a purpose beyond building bigger muscles. There are several groups in London and you’ll find your nearest run at goodgym.org.
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Try An OurParks Class
Celebrate the warmer weather by heading to your local park for a free exercise class. OurParks runs regular sessions across 18 London boroughs, with one-hour classes available for all abilities and covering a range of activities from yoga to bodyweight boot camps. Search for your nearest classes at ourparks.org.uk.
See The City In A New Light With Parkour Generations
Throw caution to the wind and learn how to move around London in an entirely novel way. Parkour is an exhilarating way to get fit and Parkour Generations caters for all levels, including beginner workshops, so you can learn how to do it without risking your neck (literally). It’s £50 for a week’s access to all classes plus a one-on-one session with a coach – head to parkourgenerations.com for more info and a list of upcoming events.
Grab A Racquet And Play Squash, Tennis Or Badminton
There are racquet sports clubs nestled away all over London. There are probably a couple within a mile of your house that you never knew existed. Most of them run club nights where visitors are welcome and there are players of all abilities to take on. These usually only cost around a fiver to attend and some will even lend you a racquet, so there’s really no reason at all to miss out. If you go to the #LDNMovesMe website you can search for a local tennis, squash or badminton club to visit.
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Join A Free Bike Ride
There are more group bike rides going on in London every week that you can shake a stick at, especially now the weather has taken a turn for the better. The #LDNMovesMe website has details on rides all over London and you can also search the British Cycling website at letsride.co.uk for info on cycles near you.