Active travel- London

Monday, September 21, 2015

It has been nearly 5 years since I moved to London. There are always new neighborhoods to explore and every time we get a visitor, I have an excuse to do touristy things.  My mom was here for 9 days at the start of September. She didn't pack her Fitbit but her iPhone has an app that counts steps and flights of stairs. She and I compared our steps every day, always trying to reach at least 10,000. I was at a slight advantage because I had to walk Oldland a few times each day (note my mom was always invited to join us but declined).

Here is my list of things to do and see in London if you'd like to stay active and accrue your Bounts points (use referral code: millington1695 to get started).

St Paul's Cathedral- It is over 500 steps from the ground floor to the top of the Golden Dome. There are several levels where you can stop at to catch your breath- Whispering Gallery, Stone Gallery, and Golden Gallery at the top with great views of the London skyline- or simply head back down. My mom is a bit afraid of heights so we parted ways at the Whispering Gallery.  The cathedral itself is large so there is plenty of walking to do regardless of what level you are on, as well as benches for a rest if you need one.

Rugby World Cup- or any sporting event. London is lucky to host many big events-Olympics in 2012, Wimbledon tennis every year, professional bike races at the Velodrome, plus all the football teams.  I will be attending USA vs South Africa at the Olympic Stadium in my new Kitbag Jersey. Can't wait to cheer on my home team! 

Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)- This takes you out onto the water with either paddleboarding itself or throw a little yoga into the mix too. I have tried the yoga SUP and it is a lot of fun!  Either way SUP activates your entire body (especially your core) as you try to maintain your balance on these large paddleboards.

My London routes on RunGo- I am gradually adding more routes to the London list.  So far there is a 5K around the Olympic Park and a 5 mile run through central London that hits Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, and the Southbank.  Best to run this one in the early morning as it will be packed with people throughout the day. Of course, you can always walk these routes too if you prefer something more leisurely.

Go Ape- Based a short walk from Cockfosters Underground Station in North London, this outdoor obstacle adventure course is fun for the whole family, as longer as they are 1.4 meters tall and 10 years old. I was lucky enough to finally try it out last weekend with an invite from BGO. All of us bloggers 'went ape' climbing in the trees and trying out the Tarzan Swings. I laughed a lot, landed in dirt and mulch more times than I would have cared to (somehow I always approached the landing areas backwards), and made some new friends. It is a fantastic full body workout that is also fun. You don't need to be strong to try out the course and you can skip any entire obstacle that isn't your cup of tea (but once you have committed you have to keep going).

I know this list is missing a few fun opportunities and want to hear from you.  If you live in London, or have recently visited, what would you add to this list?

Thanks to BGO for letting me finally give Go Ape a try.  I can't wait to try another course with my in-laws soon.

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