Looking for a healthier lifestyle? The bad news is, that healthy living is about finding the right balance between, eating, exercise, sleep, stress, work, and leisure among many other factors. The good news, however, is that physical exercise can really help you figure out the other variables. What is more, there are many places in Bethnal group that are willing and able to help you reach your goals, whatever these are.
Founded by a bodybuilder in 1988, Muscleworks is a gym of bodybuilders, by bodybuilders, for bodybuilders. It is dedicated to its members with personal trainers who will make you reach your goals, as well as a 24/7 hotline via email or phone. Their facilities are men-only and include a sauna, sunbeds and a nutrition store.
More information available at : http://muscleworksgym.com/
Muscle works , 2 Hague street, Bethnal Green, E2 6HN
Looking for the polar opposite of Muscleworks ? Bodylines fitness is a local, women-only, friendly gym. Recently refurbished, it offers a cardio suite, free weights, resistance machines, as well as, showers, sunbeds and a sauna. What is more, the company offers an alluring one-week-free trial membership if you would like to carry out a first-hand inspection ;).
More information available at :http://www.bodylinesfitness.co.uk/
Bodylines fitness, 461 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 9QH
York Hall Leisure Centre
York Hall’s extensive facilities are part of Tower Hamlet’s focus on healthy living and include a 33-meter indoor pool with both, lanes and water workout sessions. The classes available include water polo, snorkelling and swimming lessons. York Hall centre also offers a fully-equipped gym as well as a fitness class studio. Some of the recent schemes include Jump Start, which is an exercise referral scheme to help individuals manage and improve a medical condition such as cardiovascular diseases, musculo-skeletal or mental health problems; and Young@Heart for seniors.
More information available at : http://www.better.org.uk/york-hall-leisure-centre/facilities
York Hall Leisure Centre, 5 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ
Bethnal Green Academy
If you are more interested in group activities, the Bethnal Green Academy is what you are looking for. Focused on the local community, the centre promotes a wide range of sports and is particularly well-known as the home of the Tower Hamlets London Lionhearts Volleyball team as well as Futsal 5-a-side Cricket team. The Academy caters to a diverse clientele of amateurs, students, and professional athletes from the local Tower Hamlets area. The facilities are open on weekdays from 6 to 11 pm and include Badminton, Squash, Basketball, Volleyball, Football (in and outdoors), Cricket and Hockey playing fields.
More information available at : http://www.bethnalgreenacademy.co.uk/sports/#
Bethnal Green Academy, Gosset Street London, E2 6NW
Bethnal Green Gardens Tennis
Tennis lover ? Bethnal Green Garden is waiting for you. Whether you are interested in playing for fun or if you want take classes, the four macadam courts, which were fully refurbished in 2012 to LTA standards, welcome players from all levels and abilities. The classes include cardio, women-only tennis, junior community sessions as well as adult beginner workshops. The courts are available through online bookings for several hours every day of the week.
More information available at :http://www.towerhamletstennis.org.uk/#/bethnal-greengardens/4557558070
Junction of Cambridge Heath Rd & Malcolm Place,Tower Hamlets, London, E2 9PA
Located in the heart of Bethnal Green, East London, Yoga Place is a sanctuary from the intensity of London life with the full array of yoga classes as well as students. The classes comprise Ashtanga, Mysore Self-Practice, Dynamic, Hatha & Hatha Flow, Yin, Restorative, Tantra, Flow & Restore, Gentle Yoga and Iyengar as well as Meditation and Pranayama Flow, while the students include babies, mothers, and beginners of all ages as well as experienced students. Furthermore, yoga place is committed to a style of teaching sensitive to individual needs and committed to encouraging students to work within the limits of their bodies and prevent injuries.
More information available at :http://www.yogaplace.co.uk/
Yoga place, 1st Floor, 449-453 Bethnal Green Road London E2 9QH
Tai chi / Chi quong
If you are a frequent visitor of Yoga Place who is looking for a change of routine, the Wu Tai Chi Chuan academy operates on the second floor of that same building. Tai Chi Ch’uan is martial art played slowly and calmly in order to develop balanced relaxation, supple coordination and expression of the Tai Chi philosophy of Yin and Yang. One of the bests in Europe, This Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung / Qi Gong academy is headed by an internationally renowned teacher and offers inclusive classes for beginners, and families as well as more advanced members. What is more, beginner classes take place every day in either Tai Chi or Chi Kung, so there are no excuses not to try 😉
Wu’s Tai Chi Chuan Academy, Unit 2a, 1st Floor 449-453 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 9QH
More information available at :http://www.wustyle-europe.com/timetable.html
-Text by Helen Taupin and Izora Baba, Volunteer Bloggers
-Photos by Thufayel Ahmed and Izora Baba
Nothing is more surprising or more welcome than sunshine in the UK. Nothing is more astounding or jubilated than thirty-degree heat in September. Maybe it’s compensation for the months of temperamental weather, maybe it’s a bittersweet nod to the global warming challenges ahead. Either way, we’d like to relax into it, before we scare it away. Here are a few things to do in Bethnal Green this week: things you can do inside and out, just in case the weather has a mood switch again.
Keep up, Kick-Up – Monday 19th September // Bethnal Green Centre for Sports & Performing Arts
The football season has begun, so keep up with the League by getting some practice of your own in. With a lot less commitment and cost than traditional local football leagues, you can visit www.mylocalpitch.com and organise your own impromptu 5-a-side. Open from 6pm to 11pm, as long as you’ve got a couple of mates up for it, you can come and play on the indoor AstroTurf. And if you all want to get really serious, you can book a block of the same time for weeks in advance, and start a tournament of your own to rival that of the Premier League. Grab your boots.
Bethnal Green Centre for Sports & Performing Arts: Gosset Street London E2 6NW
Something to consider – Wednesday 21st September // Roman Road
Tom Esam has taken a collection of photographs concerning the use of rhetoric in political campaigns. A technique that dates back to 4th century BC, and used then by Greeks and Romans, rhetoric has been part of political campaigning from the conception of the ideals of the modern Western world. Esam, often using his own name and image in his work to highlight the covert methods of influence and persuasion in politics, is showing his work for free on Roman Road. We’d suggest a visit: it’s never a bad time to hold up a mirror to the political system we entrust.
Roman Road: 69 Roman Road, London, E2 0QN
Go Wilde – Friday 23rd September // Sager + Wilde
Few things sound like bliss to everyone. A terrace, critically-acclaimed wine, an innovative menu and a (hopefully) warm London evening, sound like bliss to all. In the heart of Bethnal Green lies Sager + Wilde, a must-go on your to-do list this week. Known for its wine selection and fairly reasonable price, visit their website to reserve for this Friday when the restaurant opens from 5. Sager + Wilde is one of the gems of Bethnal Green, and if you’re looking to form more, ahem, romantic links before winter inevitably bitzes us, this would be a great destination.
Sager + Wilde: Arch 250 Paradise Row, London, E2 9LE
A Global Gathering – Saturday 24th September // Oval Space
There’s no place like London: one of the busiest and most vibrant cities. Often we get so bogged down by the negatives that we forget to open our eyes to the beauty of one of the most alluring aspects of the City: its multiculturalism. When it comes to appreciating the cultures of the world, you’d be hard-pressed to find another Western city with as much embrace as London. This is why Percolate: Global Vibrations is probably one of the most anticipated events this week. Held at the Oval Space, this club night is going to be one hell of a party. Offering music from all over the globe, come and have fun and do one thing that we Londoners know how to do well: celebrate.
Oval Space: 29–32 The Oval, London, E2 9DT
-By Izora Baba, Volunteer Blogger