With the first official day of Summer just a couple of weeks away, it’s time to take advantage of lighter, warmer evenings by swapping your usual gym session for a workout in the great outdoors. We've rounded up the 5 best parks in London for exercising, so you can get a healthy dose of fresh air whilst you get fit...
This picturesque park, with its very own temple right next to the river, is a firm favourite amongst the South-West London fitness fanatics. The outdoor workout area, located just next to Millennium Arena, has eight stations for callisthenic and plyometric training. Try alternating exercises such as pull-ups, triceps dips and hurdle jumps with skipping and bodyweight exercises to really get those muscles pumping whilst getting your heart rate up!
Primrose Hill is another great green space that comes fully equipped with its very own fitness area; in fact with incline benches, pull up bars, monkey bars and hurdles, it's one of the best in London. It’s an awesome place to meet your friends after work for a challenging circuit - there's nothing more motivating than a bit of friendly competition!
Central London's most popular park neighbours with St James Park, Green Park and Kensington Gardens, making it the perfect spot to park-hop on a long run. Swap your usual jogging route for a run between these four beautiful parks, exploring to your heart's content and letting the scenery distract you from the pain! Don't fancy running? Rent a Boris bike instead and cover even more ground in this expansive green haven.
Richmond Hill is loved and hated by many, well-known as the perfect spot for some morning hill sprints, as well as a bit of deer-spotting of course! Try sprinting to the top as fast as you can, walking back down and repeating this 12-15 times. It might seem like a simple workout, but it's certainly anything but easy!
Hampstead Health is an awesome location with the best views of the city and an outdoor exercise area just west of the athletics track for you to work on those pull-ups and dips. If you're in the mood for a challenge, it’s also the perfect place for a cross-country run or a bodyweight circuit of squat jumps, jumping lunges, burpees and mountain climbers for those who don’t fancy running up those Hampstead hills!