Getting Active in Lambeth
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Introduction: The benefits of getting active
Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your heart and lungs to work more efficiently - and when your heart and lung health improves, you have more energy to tackle daily life.
There are many benefits for the mind as well such as: increased positivity, reduced stress and self-empowerment.
Exercise improves mood and boosts energy
Exercise combats health conditions and diseases
Exercise helps control weight
Exercise can be fun and social
Exercise promotes better sleep
Being active isn’t just about going to the gym or doing competitive sport. It can include activities that are part of our everyday life, including:
Lambeth has many different places and spaces that can help you get active. Whether you are looking to join a football team, learn a new skill or plan a day of activities for you and your family, Lambeth has it all!
Go to the next section to find out more.
Easy ways to get started and local spaces
Here are a few ideas for getting started:
- Why not try Couch to Fitness with Sport England - a free 9-week programme even for complete beginners
- Find support to get cycling in Lambeth - including local cycle routes, free cycle maintenance locally with Dr Bikes, and even free cycling lessons!
- If walking is your thing, get involved in free community walks around Lambeth - available in Brockwell Park, Larkhall Park, Peckham Rye Park and more.
- Want to get fit and do good? GoodGym organise volunteering activities across Lambeth, combined with getting active.
- If you want to join a local gym, check out The Gym London Stockwell. Only a 5 minute walk from Stockwell Tube Station. If you’re looking for low-cost ways to work out, Green Legacy are free, outdoor community gyms. The closest are in Larkhall Park and Mursell Estate - find the full list here. For free indoor activities, a collection of free activities you can do at home have been created by the NHS - you can see them here.
- Learn a new skill - brainstorm and talk to friends about new skills you could learn either independently or as a group
There are many outdoor spaces in Lambeth to enjoy and get active in:
Brockwell Park Courts
Slade Gardens & Slade Gardens Outdoor Gym
Stockwell Skate Park
Stockwell Memorial Gardens
Lorn Road Allotments
Stockwell SkatePark is open 24 hours a day!
Simple, free and social activities
Interested in joining a team or starting your own? Open Play helps you connect with other people to form teams in a variety of sports like Tennis, Hockey and Basketball. Just click ‘player finder’ on their website.
Want to meet new people and exercise at the same time? Check out Walk and Talk - the outdoor local walking club which focuses on low impact exercises for all abilities and ages.
Head to the Thriving Communities events page to find out more about local activities - including local basketball, football and more
Stockwell Park Community Trust offers Yoga classes at their amazing centre on the Stockwell Park Estate. Check out their amazing story here.
Fast and easy exercise
You can get the benefits of exercise by doing as little as 10 minutes:
Activities for older adults
Exercising through all stages of life is vital to maintain health and well-being.
Older adults should do some type of physical activity every day as it will help to improve your health and reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
Adults aged 65 and over should:
- aim to be physically active every day, even if it's just light activity
- do activities that improve strength, balance and flexibility on at least 2 days a week
- do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity if you are already active, or a combination of both
- reduce time spent sitting or lying down and break up long periods of not moving with some activity
Take a look at the Mysocial Lambeth page for a whole range of activities like:
45 minute chair based class with Ingrid
Social Dance class with Ingrid
Beko’s chair based Thai Chi or Yoga
Getting active as a family
There are many ways to get active together as a family in Lambeth!
If you are looking for something specific, try using the Lambeth Family Information Directory to help with your search.
TRIANGLE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND X OASIS PLAY
Have you heard?
The Triangle Adventure playground is part of a new project called Active Together! Active Together is an exciting joint project between The Triangle Adventure Playground and Oasis Play, funded by Sport England.
Eight family fun sessions a week will be taking place at Triangle, Oasis and various locations throughout Lambeth which are all free! These include: football, boxing, capoeira and go karting! For those under 5 years old there are also terrific gymnastics sessions which are also popular with toddlers and mums.
The aim of this project is to get young people, parents and grandparents exercising and having fun together. Check out the timetable and book your place now!
Activities to do at home
Are you short on time? Do you enjoy the flexibility of doing activities at home when you want?
During Covid-19 lockdowns we discovered together that our homes can be used in more ways than we thought possible! Whether you have lots of space or a small room, you can easily use objects around your house to create your own home workouts
Some examples on how to get active at home include:
- The Body Coach Joe Wicks has simple but effective free home workout videos that the whole family can enjoy! Discover videos here.
- Don't have weights? No problem, grab some water bottles and try your own boxing workout!
- If you want to introduce yoga to your daily routine, how about trying these free Yoga videos with Adriene
- Play active computer games, there are a few different gaming consoles that get you moving whilst you play!
- Dancing whilst you do household chores and activities is a great way to sneak in exercise, try and dance whilst you're cooking, vacuuming, or brushing your teeth
- Our Parks have developed 'Park to Fitness', a 9 week at home fitness programme for beginners. What's best is that it's free!
BBC Sport have some top tips to help you exercise at home. Click here to find out.