Matt’s five places to stay fit in Portsmouth

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We get it. Exercising is good for us. It keeps us alive, helping to prevent strokes, various cancers, depression, heart disease and dementia. And yet, many of us can’t face doing it. So, what chance do we have when we’re away on business?

The government recommends half an hour of exercise five times a week, so we asked our Business Development Manager, Matt Little, the fittest guy on our floor, the best places to go if you’re staying in our Portsmouth serviced apartments. It tired us out just talking to him.

Parkrun Southsea

They say: “It’s a 5km run – you against the clock – every Saturday at 9:00am. The event takes place at Southsea Esplanade, starting at Speakers’ Corner near Rocksbys cafe, Southsea, PO5 3PG.”

Matt says: “I took part last weekend and it was great; just very windy as usual on the coast! You will need to register online before your first run.”

Gym 01

They say: “We pride ourselves on maintaining an environment in which anybody can train, free of judgement and regardless of ability or experience. Spread over two floors, there are two main training areas, a full-sized cage, boxing ring, weights area and a gym room.”

Matt says: “I relocated to the South Coast two years ago and joined Gym 01 to continue boxing. I now spar regularly but there are a wide range of classes available. You can pay per class and all levels of fitness are welcome. I’d definitely recommend Gym 01 if you want to relieve some stress during the week.”

Gunwharf Quays

They say: “Gunwharf Quays is the South’s leading designer shopping outlet. Boasting over 90 stores, Gunwharf Quays is a unique and vibrant shopping and leisure destination. Set on the historic waterfront, it’s the ideal place to explore, shop and dine.”

Matt says: “Hear me out. Going to a gym or a run may not be your thing, but there are other ways to exercise. If a leisurely stroll is more up your street, the retail outlet in Gunwharf Quays will keep you more than busy with plenty of bars and restaurants to refuel afterwards.”

Spinnaker Tower

They say: “The ultimate Emirates Spinnaker Tower experience – an abseil 100 metres down the side of this iconic building – makes a great personal challenge or charity fundraising opportunity.”

Matt says: “For guests seeking a more extreme activity, why not stick your neck out and abseil down the Spinnaker Tower, offering breath-taking 23-mile views over Portsmouth Harbour, the city, the Solent, the South Downs and the Isle of Wight. Only the brave need apply.”

Staunton Country Park

They say: “Beautiful parkland with lake and follies, an ornamental farm and garden. Fun and adventure for all the family.”

Matt says: “Entrance to the Country Park is free. There are three orienteering courses for different skills and levels of experience. They all start and finish at the same location within the Country Park. Alternatively, there are also some cracking cycling trails, and of course, a farm with pigs, sheep, Shetland ponies, llamas, alpacas, and more. The farm has nothing to do with fitness, but it’s got animals, and sometimes that’s all that matters.”

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