Staying Fit in London…
Staying fit throughout your studies is vital, not only for your health, but also for your academic performance. An active lifestyle benefits your sleep patterns, meaning you get better quality, deeper sleep, and also releases endorphins – the feel-good chemical. As such, a better rested, happier you is far more likely to perform when it comes to your academic work, so ensuring you set aside time each week for exercise is essential.
Of course, exercising regularly often means signing up to a gym membership – something that doesn’t come cheap. Plus, in London, everything comes at a premium, so splashing out on a monthly membership when you’re living on a student budget isn’t always possible. At the UK College of Business and Computing, however, we wanted to help you find fitness options to help keep you in good health without spending a penny. Take a look at our list of free fitness clubs below and sign up to keep active throughout your studies.
Reebok Functional Fitness
By travelling to Reebok’s Covent Garden FITHUB every Sunday morning from 10.30am, you have the chance to enjoy a free workout session among some of the best equipment available. Space is limited for these fitness sessions with no more than eight participants able to take part – you just need to get there early to avoid missing out.
Should you miss out on the Reebok Functional Fitness offering on a Sunday morning, you can always head across to Lululemon’s Marylebone store to enjoy a complimentary session of yoga every Sunday from 10.30-11.30am. Local yoga instructors will lead you in a variety of classes but, as above, spaces are limited so get in early to beat the queues.
Nike+ Run Clubs
Choose from five locations around London (Westfield Stratford, Covent Garden, Bluewater, Westfield and Nike Town on Oxford Street), the Nike+ Run Clubs offer plenty of choice. Each location meets twice a week, although one of these sessions is women’s only at Nike Town (Thursday) and Covent Garden (Monday). All running abilities are welcome as the clubs offer runs at various lengths and paces. Join a group on the Nike+ Run Club Facebook page for more information and also check out the Nike Training Club that provides free exercise classes in London.
Departing from the Oxford Street store, choose to run in nearby Hyde Park with the ASICS Running Club. For those with a desire to experience a high-intensity workout – the very same store offers bootcamp sessions each Wednesday from 6.30pm. Balancing cardio drills with technical training, these bootcamp sessions aren’t for the faint hearted, so prepare to experience an intense hour of activity.
London Friday Night Skate (LFNS)
Offering something slightly different from the standard running and cardio training, and giving you something else to do on a Friday night, the LFNS departs from Wellington Arch at Hyde Park at 8pm and takes you through the streets of London on inlines or roller skates. You can also opt for a more relaxed Sunday skate, taken at a slower pace and providing a relaxing way to venture the sites of London.
You should never underestimate the importance your fitness plays on your study. A healthy body leads to a healthy mind, so giving yourself time to focus on your fitness is truly worthwhile. As you can see from the range of free options above, keeping fit needn’t cost you a penny. And if you’d prefer not to exercise within a class with others, what’s stopping you from going out in one of London’s many public parks?
For Further Information Contact UKCBC London
At the UKCBC, we aim to support our students throughout their studies, both in the classroom and at home. That’s why you can contact our London head office today to discuss your study options. Simply get in touch with our team today and we’ll answer any questions you may have.