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Dulwich Park Fun Run

The Dulwich Park Fun Run on Saturday 26th May is a family friendly fundraising event that brings together the local community, families, athletes, and the wider cystic fibrosis community for the event of the spring! Set in the beautiful Dulwich Park; the 10km race consists of runners completing the circular route six times, and the 5km racers running the route three times. Every runners will receive lots of cheering and water along the route, a medal and goodie bag to take home with you. There is ample parking, toilet facilities, water stations, refreshments available to purchase, and a bouncy castle for the little ones. Sign up here! Dulwich Park, London, SE21 7BQ Image: The Cystic Fibrosis Trust SaveSave SaveSave

New social netball league in Dulwich

Playnetball will be running a ladies recreational league on Tuesday nights, starting on 27th March from 7-9pm. The season will run for 12 weeks. This league is suitable for players who are returning to netball after a break, new players with a little experience picking up the game or players who just want a bit of a run around without it being too competitive. Contact Kerry for more information or to sign up: interest@playnetball.com or 07895 790025 or find Playnetball on Facebook JAGS Sports Club Red Post Hill SE24 9JN Image: Kerry Brooks SaveSave SaveSave

How to energise your day by changing how you start it

A few times a week I’ll walk into work, taking the quieter roads and as much green space as I can. This is a wonderful way to start the day, and I find I have a better day when it begins peacefully like this rather than rushed or sitting in traffic. My commute is 50 minutes on foot, and by the time I arrive in the office, I’m feeling really energised. This is due to a few things, and in sharing them, I’m hoping you’ll review how you start your day and see if you can set yourself up for a great day with a few tweaks to your morning routine. Make exercise part of your commute If you can’t walk all the way to work, consider getting on the train a stop later or earlier, or even getting up early enough to have a quick walk round the park on your way to the station. A study found that a brisk 10-minute walk increases energy, plus the effect lasts for up to 2 hours! …

Swing Dance Classes at Aquarius Golf Club, SE22

Warm up for winter with this fun 5-week introduction to the vibrant jazz dances of the 1920s-1940s. Learn how to dance the Big Apple, Charleston & Lindy Hop dance styles and be part of a fun, friendly and growing SE London Swing Dance scene. Build skills and confidence to dance in a group, on your own or with a partner to a range of jazz band music. During the course you will learn a brief history of the dance styles, basic footwork and steps, posture and co-ordination, and simple (but impressive!) routines. No partner needed. Beginners welcome. The course will be taught by local resident Wendy Steatham. Wendy is a professional dance artist whose career has included roles as a performer, choreographer, teacher and movement director. In 2011-2012 Wendy worked as Mass Movement Choreographer on all four Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. She co-led the audition and rehearsal process, training the cast for the Ceremonies and directing the large-scale cast rehearsals, including the NHS ‘Swing Out Sister’ sequence in Danny …

Less is more: five ways to exercise effectively in just 30 minutes or less

One of the most common mistakes people make with fitness is thinking they need an hour or more to exercise effectively. I want to introduce you to five ways you can exercise effectively without spending more than 30 minutes on a session – sometimes it could be as little as 15-20 minutes. Tabata or HIIT sessions Tabata is a high intensity type of interval workout based on 4 minutes in total – 20 seconds of high intensity exercise and 10 seconds rest. The idea is that you work very hard for 20 seconds and recover, except that the recovery periods feel less and less as the time goes on! With each tabata only lasting 4 minutes, you could do 3 of these in a workout with great effects. Interval sessions If you already have a running or jogging routine, this will be easy to add in. If you don’t, this is a great way to maximise the efficiency of your exercise session and make good progress in terms of cardiovascular fitness and speed. After warming up …