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.

 

Muscleworks

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

 

Bodylines fitness

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

 

Yoga Place

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