We get it, you’re busy… but sitting for long periods of time is bad for your health. So bad, it has been coined as ‘the new smoking’ by Dr. James Levine – a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist. Scary right?
“The trick is to have it firmly fixed in our minds that sitting is the new smoking. That sitting is literally bad for you.”
We haven’t quite made up our minds about the Walkstation – a desk-cum-treadmill that Levine appears to endorse (it’ll only set you back five thousand dollars). Instead, try working some movement into your day with these running routes courtesy of Color Run UK.
Regents Park & Primrose Hill
Regents Park provides multiple runs with scenic landscapes and a variety of routes for all fitness abilities. This is the ultimate lunchtime escape, allowing your mind to block out the hustle and bustle of the office environment. Looking for an extra challenge? Head up to the top of Primrose Hill and be rewarded with unparalleled views of the city. Great for those based in North East London with Regent’s Park and Baker Street station just around the corner.
Tower Bridge to London Bridge (or Waterloo)
A popular route for those working in the city or on the Southbank. Runners can start anywhere along Embankment and take in the amazing river views. This route can get busy during the summer time, so best to stick to smaller groups. This is also perfect for interval training due to the flat incline – so why not challenge yourself with some sprints. The nearest stations are Temple, Bank, Mansion House, Embankment and Southwark.
Euston to Kings Cross Canal
A flexible north London run that is ideal for those based near Camden Town, Euston, Kings Cross or Angel. This peaceful pocket of London allows you to take full advantage of the scenic canal, to transport you miles away from the chaotic office atmosphere. Runners can start at Camden and head East towards King’s Cross for a quick lunchtime jog. For those wanting more of a challenge – head down to Angel and back. If your office is located near Granary Square take advantage of the water fountains during the summer months to cool off.
Embankment to Green Park and St James’
The famous four park run can be cut in half to achieve a quick lunchtime fix that won’t eat way at your day. Runners can start at Embankment and head to St James’ Park, then on to Green Park. A lap around each and then back to Embankment is 5KM. This run is perfect for clocking up those lunchtime miles in record time as it’s all flat. For an epic marathon-worthy moment, run along The Mall and get those endorphins rushing. You’ll feel ready to tackle the rest of the day after this run.
If you’re starting in Chelsea, cross over the Chelsea Bridge and head straight into Battersea Park. Running around the boundary clocks is around 3.5km and there’s some lovely sights to keep you going. Head past the zoo, around the far border of the park by the lake and back along next to the Thames before crossing the bridge on the way back to the office. This picturesque run is great if you’re based West and need to de-stress. The nearest stations are Battersea Park and Queenstown Road.
Be warned, this run is not for the faint-hearted. Greenwich Park boasts one of the most stunning views of the city. But that comes at a price. Get those hill sprints in with your colleagues as you tackle the mighty incline up to Greenwich Observatory, before heading down again and enjoying a lap or two of the flat park to finish off. This run is great for those looking to burn off some steam. Once back in the office, you can refuel with a mighty carbohydrate filled lunch. The nearest train stations are Maze Hill, Blackheath and Greenwich Overground.
The Color Run, otherwise known as the ‘Happiest 5K on the Planet’ is a light hearted, untimed event that is taking place in London, Manchester and Brighton throughout the summer. For more information on the event or to book tickets visit the website.