Stay in shape and enjoy tip-top health this summer with these handy tips for those lucky enough to live in south east London…
SWIM IN STYLE
Hit Brockwell or Charlton lidos in style in practical yet pretty swimwear:
TAKE UP TENNIS
Inspired by Wimbledon? Take up lessons at your local tennis club:
- Greenwich Park Tennis Club runs beginners courses and improvers drop-in sessions until September
- Blackheath Lawn Tennis Club runs year-round coaching led by ex-pro Greg Whitecross
- Chislehurst Lawn Tennis Club runs free taster sessions on Sunday mornings
- Dulwich Lawn Tennis Club has five all-weather hard courts and six grass courts in use until late October
- Sydenham Tennis Club has seven all-weather floodlit tennis courts
Nutrition has an important part to play in keeping athletes healthy and preventing fatigue and illness associated with poor recovery and under-fueling. So ensure your diet fully supports your training with The Pure Package’s Training Support package to help achieve the right balance and type of protein, fats and carbohydrate throughout the day. A full programme 10-day bundle from the New Covent Garden Market-based gourmet food delivery service is £449.50.
For those on the go in E14, The Pearson Room in Canary Wharf has launched a takeaway Fitness Food menu, which offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options for those looking to balance training and nutrition. Everything is freshly sourced and cooked onsite by Head Chef Tim Tolley and his team. Dishes include grilled chicken with spiced couscous (£7.50) and tofu with quinoa salad (£6.50).
Your rest days are as important as your gym days, so help your body recover with a Spa Package at Fresh Lifestyle Spa & Salon in Blackheath. Choose from the women’s, men’s and mothers-to-be experiences which, as well as a combination of stress-relieving massage and beauty treatments, come with a healthy ciabatta, fruit salad and fresh juice. From £120. Alternatively, try the Ultimate Aromatherapy Associates Experience at the Amida Spa, Beckenham. Carefully applied pressures stimulate the nervous system, Swedish and neuromuscular techniques relieve muscular tension and lymphatic drainage helps encourage a healthy circulation, leaving you feeling relaxed, re-charged and ready to hit the gym again. (85mins £84 non-members; £77.50 members)
A quarter of Londoners suffer from hayfever, but could a dose of locally produced honey help? English honey rich in local pollen can acclimatise the body and prevent it reacting to airbourne pollen spores. It’s natural, it tastes delicious and you’re supporting the local economy, so it’s worth a shot. Capitalbee.co.uk has hives in Greenwich Royal Park and also a large apiary in Brockley. You’ll also find local honey on sale at Herne Hill Market every Sunday.