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Back to fitness after summer

Come rain or shine in September, here’s how to get back to fitness after the summer holidays.

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Get walking

An ideal way to start building up your fitness, get back into exercise after the summer by embarking on some brisk walks. You need to keep up a certain pace to ensure you get a decent workout – and this is something you can work on over time as you start to find your fitness returning. Walking is an exercise you can enjoy in different weather conditions too. Near The Runnymede, enjoy a brisk walk along the river to the Magna Carta monuments, or follow a trail in some of the surrounding National Trust land of Runnymede and Ankerwycke. Find out more.

Scenic runs

All you need to get back into fitness is a decent pair of trainers! Jogging and running is ideal to begin building up your stamina and you can gradually increase the distance you run as you feel your fitness returning. Change your routes too to enjoy different scenery as you run – it’ll help distract you if you’re struggling after a summer of over-indulgence! Ask us when you stay at The Runnymede to find out about some of our favourite local running routes – the nearby historic Runnymede meadows are a particular favourite. Discover our top jogging routes in Surrey.

High intensity workouts

When a chill starts to return to the air as summer becomes autumn, exercising al fresco can become a snappier affair. Short but powerful high intensity workouts are perfect for this. You don’t need any equipment and a 10 to 12 minute intensive workout including exercises such as burpees, squats, lunges, sit-ups and the plank can give you the results you’re after. You can even take this work-out indoors if the weather gets a little too cold for your liking.

Join a class

Many of us never quite lose the mentality of having a fresh start at the beginning of the new school term in September! Tap into this feeling by joining a new exercise class in September. Doing something you’ve never done before can be refreshing when you’re getting back into fitness following the summer, plus you’ll use muscles you may not have used in your previous fitness regime. Many people find it useful and motivating to follow a class instead of making up their own work-out too. When you stay with us at The Runnymede, you’re welcome to join any of our wide variety of studio classes. Discover more.

Get a helping hand

If you want to reach new fitness goals after the summer holidays, or gain new ideas of exercises and work-out routines, then this is the perfect time to have a personal training session. Many people get into a fitness rut that having a one-to-one session with a fitness professional can resolve. It’ll help you create a fitness routine that has been designed specifically for you, with goals defined that you will reach on your new fitness journey. Book a session with one of our personal trainers when you stay at The Runnymede if this sounds like your perfect way back into exercise.

Mountain biking

Cycling offers a great opportunity for a workout at any time of year, but September is particularly perfect for getting out on two wheels. The weather is neither too hot nor too cold, plus the days are still long enough to go on cycling adventures by daylight. Explore different trails and routes to mix things up – getting off-road on mountain biking trails helps you truly soak up nature in the process. Swinley Forest is just 20 minutes away from The Runnymede by car, and is a 2,600 acre haven of forest peppered with mountain biking trails.

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