Funckey fitness blog

Year on year, more companies are investing in the construction of gyms, as a response to the rising demand that us Brits have created. The 2017 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report, released in May this year, told us that an astounding 1 in 7 people in the UK are currently members of a gym. The number of individuals enrolled at fitness centres now stands at an astonishing 9.7 million people, an all time high for our country and a clear sign that the British public are starting to see exercise as a compulsory activity, rather than a hobby for those who can be bothered.

Once you’ve got your gear and started exercising regularly in light doses, you’ll want to get a plan together so that you can ensure that you continue to improve your fitness over time.


The easiest way of guaranteeing that you are continually challenging yourself is by making a note of your exercise pattern and increasing your workload by 10% each week.

An increase in energy consumption will mean that your body gets hungrier quicker. In order for your body to properly repair itself after an exercise session you need to eat a good meal to recover. Although it might be tempting for dieters to double down and burn more calories than they consume, this is not a wise option and could potentially damage your body. Read More >>

Swimming is good for the body. It is a very effective full body work out. It exercises the legs. It exercises the arms. It exercises the core. Yes that’s right, the core. The core of your being, where your life force comes from. Where you derive your energy and appetite for life, love and lusciousness. You get all that from your core, did you know that? Well you do. So there. Swimming is also a communal activity. It is something that can be done together, and it needs to be provided for. The swimming pool has to be built and maintained. It needs to be produced. And when something is produced we learn something, we learn about the means of production. Interesting. Interesting.

It is a communal activity, or at very least it can be, so it is something which can be provided communally, something which could be collectively funded and there for all. Like parks or health care. Or, of course, it could be privately funded and be the privilege of the privileged. Swimming pools and swimming have long played a role in how we perceive our societies. Any large thing that can be enjoyed communally provides an opportunity for states to provide, and where there is an opportunity to provide, there is an opportunity for propaganda.

Swimming pools are not built in a day, and they are not built carelessly, and they are built because there are a lot of people there to enjoy them. So when one lies abandoned and empty something has happened to those people, all those people. That picture is so sad: you feel like the swimming pool was this guys dream, he dreamed of it being full of people happily swimming together, and now it is empty and derelict. Perhaps they are dead. I feel I’m witnessing the victory of brute force and cynicism over romance and joy. Dragged from the pool, dragged from each other, we return to work and home, return to separation, and we believe that we are alone again.

Then you can swim around in your pool. On your own. Or maybe with just your friends. And never with others, never ever with others. You could get Paramount Pools to design you you’re very own pool that looks just like you wanted it to look. I mean, you probably will never be able too afford such luxury. But what would you rather: accept your place as part of the collective and enjoy the swimming pool? Or gamble on the chance that you might get the luck of being the special one? Why wouldn’t you gamble? The only reason would be if you don’t think you’re special. Are you scared? Are you scared to compete? Oh no, oh no no no no no.

Do you feel the weight of your Christmas excesses weighing you down? You could join a gym, though you have to know that the odds will be stacked against you. There are only a rare few whose gym memberships will still be used by this time next year. You could buy expensive gym equipment and exercise at home – a valid option, but hardly the most inspiring. It can be difficult to find the motivation and keep yourself going through the long cold days of January and February. Instead, why not consider getting out there into the real world? Find something that you truly love to do. The best fitness regime is one that you love and will stick with. Here are a few suggestions to get you started on your own personal road to fitness:

Whether you take a gentle stroll or a brisk fell-walk or mountain hike, getting out there are locomoting by foot is good for you and can take you to some places that will take your breath away – and not just because you have climbed a steep gradient. Consider those views as rewards and you will soon find that you are always wanting the next walk, the next challenge, the next adventure. Start slowly and built up – there is no point trying to climb Ben Nevis if you have rarely left your sofa for a while. Take it easy, relax and most of all – enjoy it!

Cycling is excellent for fitness. Why sit on a static bike in your living room when you could be out on the highways and byways, on hillsides and in valleys, through ancient woodlands and along dramatic coastlines? Get out there and see the world from the back of a bike. You can go at your own speed and feel the freedom of the road, feel the wind in your hair, experience the joy of a long downhill stretch and the pleasant ache in the muscles after a long ascent. Cycle on a weekend, or to work, or to the shop, just get out there in the real world and don’t be frightened to give it a go.

Like the many roads of this world, the many rivers, lakes, Lochs and seas of this world are crying out for exploration. Why not consider choosing to take up kayaking as your new fitness regime. The whole new world on the water is waiting for you to discover it. You can get to places you would never see by car far more easily than you could on foot, and get very fit without even really noticing the gradual process.

Keeping fit and healthy is not always easy, but rather than join an expensive gym, why not consider getting out into the fresh air for a run or a jog, or even just a walk? Even in the centre of London, there are some lovely scenic and pleasant jogging routes to be found. So, to inspire you as you plan your perambulations, here are a few suggestions for jogging routes in the capital city:

Take an eight kilometer or so jog round the perimeter of Victoria Park, one of the most historic and pleasant parks in London, or amend the route to make it longer or shorter, which is easily done. The park is pretty and the air is relatively clear, and you will see a number of other people recreating in the morning before work, or lounging on a sunny summer’s evening.

The Thames Towpath stretches on for mile after pleasant mile along this artery of the city. Set off from Kingston and head to Hampton Court Palace, or simply jog out of the centre of the city until you get tired, at which point you can easily hop onto a train at one of the train stations on the route and head back. If you get peckish during blackberry season, these fruit are bountiful along the path.

If you want to see many of the most beautiful and famous sites of Central London, why not take the route offered by some companies offering jogging tours of the city? Starting at Tower Bridge and finishing outside the House of Parliament, this route winds its way down the river, crossing it several times. This is not the quietest of jogs, but the interest of the sights around could take your mind off the fatigue and keep you going through the crowds.

The wide expanses of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens are perfect for a jog. Why not plan a route through the gardens round the Serpentine. Here in the centre of the city, the place will be bustling with life – plenty to see and do as you jog or run the route. Perhaps the perfect jog, as you can make it as long or as short as you wish, and an escape route is never far away.

If you are new to jogging, the short circuit around pleasant Regent’s Park may be enough, but if you feel like a bit of a challenge, why not cut up through Primrose Hill to Hampstead Heath, where many more route options for your jog then open up? For a real challenge you could try to tackle the nine hills route round Hampstead Heath which is very picturesque, but designed for maximum gradient and as an intensive training regime.