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Getting active in H&F: Try something new in 2022

Calling all those who made a new year’s fitness resolution!

Are you ready for a new challenge?

If 2022 is going to be your year of health, come and discover the fantastic spaces for self-led fitness activities, flexible gym memberships and social sports classes available across Hammersmith & Fulham.

Many across the borough are suffering with financial hardship and not all can afford expensive memberships and sports classes. If you’re looking for an affordable way to keep fit, to try a new sport, or are searching for an accessible fitness activity, why not check out one of the options listed below?

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Image caption: Image 2: Attendees at DanceWest’s lower impact ballet class

Whether you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise, a women’s only class, or venues that offer concession prices, there’s something for everyone in our list of accessible options.

Activities for older residents

If you’re looking for physical activities designed for those aged 50+, Open Age has got you sorted. The charity works across H&F to help older residents maintain their physical and mental fitness and develop new hobbies.

Its activities include:

  • Edward Woods Community Centre (W11 4TX)
    Monday – 10:30-11:30am
  • Bishop Creighton House (SW6 7PH)
    Steady & Stable: Falls Prevention Exercise Programme
    Tuesday – 11am-12 noon
  • St John’s Church (SW6 1PB)
    Wednesday – 1-2pm
  • St Andrews Church (W14 9SA)
    Thursday – 10-11am

Or check out Agewell for a mixture of free and paid for activities.

Affordable fitness centre memberships

All H&F residents have access to affordable membership options at three Better leisure centres: Lillie Road fitness centre, Hammersmith fitness centre, and Phoenix fitness centre. Hammersmith fitness centre has had a recent upgrade and is ready for your visit!

As well as concessionary prices, they also offer all-inclusive Disability memberships which include free access for an accompanying career:

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Image caption: Image 3: Two of Hammersmith & Fulham Mencap’s guests take part in outside exercise activities

Disability inclusive sport activities

If you’re looking for accessible, all-inclusive sport activities from tennis to dance, we have a range of classes for all disability types, including:

Women-only activities

If you’re looking for a woman’s only exercise class, why not check out the Phoenix Fitness Centre’s weekly programme of fun, social, fitness activities.

Their classes include:

  • Power Pump
    Monday – 5:30-6:15pm
  • Core Stability
    Wednesday – 7:45-8:30pm
  • Basketball
    Thursday – 7:30-9:30pm
  • Swim for Women
    Saturday – 5-6pm

Or, if an organised class isn’t for you, why not explore our borough by foot at your own pace and take advantage of the free facilitates in some of our parks.

Walking through H&F

We have several self-guided Walkwell routes that vary in length and showcase different parts of the borough, from the St Paul’s to St Peter’s route (pdf 1.9MB) along the Thames, to the Beyond the Bush route (pdf 1.7MB) past Television Centre.

Find a route that takes your fancy here.

Maybe go on our Black Music History trail...

Parks and green spaces

Or, if you fancy a more localised, shorter walk, why not visit one of our award-winning parks?

Nineteen of our parks and green spaces have won Green Flag awards, meaning they’re of the highest possible standards, are beautifully maintained and have excellent facilities.

Many of our parks also boast free sports facilities, from tennis to basketball courts. These include:

Some facilities may need booking. Learn more about bookings here.

For more information on each of our parks, visit our parks pages.

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