Let’s be honest, the last 12 months have seemed like the longest year ever :( If you’re anything like us, you can’t wait for the clocks to go forward at the end of March – longer days and warmer temperatures, what’s not to like?
For KBPT founder Kate, who lives in North Devon, spring is a great time to head to the beach for a surf or get out on her bike on the Tarka Trail. Sounds amazing! But even if you’re London-based, there are lots of ways you can make the most of springtime.
Here are a few ideas from the KBPT team (please do check the current COVID-19 restrictions before you go out).
Head to the water
Why not go for a towpath run along one of London’s canals and rivers? Or cycle around a nearby lake or reservoir? You won’t believe how many waterways there are in the capital – from Docklands to the Regent’s Canal, the boating lake at Victoria Park to Walthamstow Marshes. And the bonus of waterside exercise in the spring... you might see some wonderful wildlife.
Visit the Canal and River Trust website for more information.
Get out in your garden
If you’re lucky enough to have your own patch of green (or even a bit of concrete) at home, why not exercise in the fresh air? Your KBPT trainer can give you a routine to do in your garden. Squats, lunges, burpees, plank... you don’t need a lot of space or any equipment. You could even mow the lawn or do some gardening to get your heart rate up and your muscles working. Plus, you’ll get an all-important Vitamin D hit while you’re at it.
Check out this article about outdoor workouts on the Women’s Womens Health website.
Try forest bathing
First made popular in Japan in the 1980s, forest bathing (shinrin-yoku) is simply taking a leisurely walk amongst trees and observing what’s around you. Switch off your phone. Walk slowly. Breathe deeply. Use all your senses. Why not go forest bathing in Highgate Wood, Wick Woodland (Hackney) or Epping Forest?
Find out more on the Forestry England website.
Make the most of your local area
Did you know that nearly half of London is made up of parks and other green spaces? So, why not make the most of them for a walk, run, bike ride or your KBPT session. Our favourites are London Fields, Victoria Park and Hackney Marshes. Some parks even have outdoor gyms with pull-up bars, sit-up benches, hurdles and other equipment. Just remember to follow social distancing rules and sanitise your hands regularly.
Take a look at this Secret London guide to 15 stunning spaces in London.
If you’d like to train with KBPT outdoors this spring,
contact Kate at [email protected].