While some people are super energetic and love to run around all day, others are like Garfield (or me) and are allergic to exercise. Literally I could come up with the craziest excuse to avoid going to the gym! I thought that exercising meant being miserable! All that changed when I moved to London and discovered alternative ways to get fit.

You don’t have to suffer to be healthy! This city has a great number of exciting activities that will both keep you entertained and work your muscles at the same time! You can choose between dancing classes, roller skating, ice skating, pole dancing, boxing classes, aerial yoga and many more. Trust me, once you get started, you will be amazed by how much fun you can have while getting fit. So if you don’t like the gym and here are a few alternative ways to get fit and stay healthy.

Aerial Yoga

One of the best ways to release stress and work your core is with Aerial Yoga. For those who are not familiar with this activity, it’s based on traditional yoga moves, which you practised off the ground! If you haven’t tried it yet I most definitely would encourage you to do so. Aerial Yoga gives you a feeling of freedom and pleasure while burning major calories and getting toned. Try it!


Swimming as a form of exercise has many advantages like burning fat, toning your core, speeding up your metabolism and more. It’s also a great choice if you are dealing with injuries as it helps heal your body and built your muscles. If you are looking for a total-body routine without using weights you should try swimming. The best part is that it’s not only good for your body but also your soul as it can be very meditative. Let’s be honest, jumping into the pool splashing everyone around makes you feel great! Right!?

A swimmer from the Lakenheath Barracudas swim team performs a backstroke during practice


Most of us think of boxing as a sport that’s made for men and only men as it seems violent and scary. But that is not the case at all. There is a big difference between training like an MMA fighter and training just to stay healthy and strong. Boxing is the choice of exercise for many celebs because it’s not only a cardio workout (which means you burn a lot of calories) but also helps you with your balance, coordination,speed and reactivity. If you want to get toned and get in touch with your inner “badass” then boxing is the sport for you.

Anthony Joshua

Rock climbing

Rock climbing is a great form of exercise, especially for those who like being pushed to their limits. Rock climbing will test your physical strength along with your mental control. It could be challenging as it  works multiple muscle groups at once. Harvard Health Publications reported that an 11 lbs person burns about 818 calories hourly. Not bad, right? There are numerous climbing centers in London that offer a safe and amazing experience. Go ahead and pick yours!

DENVER, CO – APRIL 26: A climber makes his way up the wall on one of many climbs on April 26, 2017. Indoor climbing has exploded in the past 10 years. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

The selection above is what I personally like to do in order to keep my body, mind and soul healthy. Other exciting activities worth mentioning is dancing, martial arts, pole dancing, trampoline, roller skating, ice skating and cycling. Find what you like and get started. You will be shocked by how easy you can burn calories while you are actually having fun and enjoying yourself!



To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddah






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