Spring has arrived; after work outdoor fitness returns….

Posted in health and fitness on March 28, 2012

The clocks going forward this weekend, although painful at the time, means that winter is now officially banished. It also means there’s plenty of extra time for evening workouts in the glorious sunshine – that we’re hoping will last until September….

So for some ideas to kick off your Spring fitness routine, here are our top spots around London to get an evening outdoor fitness fix.

We’ll be featuring plenty of park based personal training sessions and bootcamp listings in the future so remember to keep checking back on the site.

The big three:

Hyde Park

Hyde Park’s location and lack of undulations make this an ideal starting point for those looking to ease their way back into shape.  It’s also ideal for those people who like to be in the company of other like-minded people when working out with Hyde Park being a magnet for fitness enthusiasts from across the city.  For a great route to see the park and take in some of the famous sites that surround it the Serpentine Running club have put together this great running route.

Battersea Park

If you prefer a bit more solitude when trying to be active Battersea Park is an ideal venue for your evening fitness regime. And there’s a bit more variation in flora and fauna to keep the mind off the pain of your first run of the year! There are also plenty of nice open areas to do your static stretches and exercises. Battersea Park have put together a nice and easy 4ker to get you started here


Richmond Park

If you’re looking to open up your legs or get the bike out then Richmond Park is the one for you. Great scenery and wildlife (Fenton!) coupled with some challenging hills make this an ideal place to up a gear in your training. Can get  busy during peak times on weekends but weekday evenings are usually fine. A lap of the park is around 7 miles and is particularly undulating as can be seen below:

Hidden gems:

Queens Wood

Situated near Muswell Hill and the quieter neighbour of Highgate Wood this is a great spot for a long challenging run taking in plenty of hilly pathways.  Easy to get to from Highgate tube station but you will soon forget how close you are to central London.

Morden Hall Park

Set within the  grounds of Morden Hall, which provides a great backdrop to any activity, there are fewer peaceful places across Greater London. Particularly with the river Wandle meandering through the park, bringing in lots of interesting wildlife to look at while you complete your latest punishing set of burpees. (Car park open 8am – 6pm)

Dulwich Park

This 29 hectare park feels ready-made for early evening fitness with plenty of leafy paths and some recently installed fitness equipment. There are also free of charge tennis courts to use along with several table tennis tables if you do tire of your exercise regime. Check out Southwark council’s website for more information.

Got any better suggestions? Add to our list in the comments below…