Moving and changing my gym routine

Girl stretching during run

Change is good

We’re moving! After more than two years in our current flat, we’ve decided to move. The new place is a little house (or maisonette and it’s called) and it’s just up the road. One mile to be exact. We’re not going far, but it will feel like a whole new world. The new flat is on a quiet street (hello better sleep!), has its own entrance (goodbye 58 steps up to our flat!) and has a large front patio, which will be perfect for summer BBQs and outdoor lounging. It’s also on a pretty little river full of ducks that look very healthy and well fed. After years of transient tenants, the place is a little rough around the edges, but it has good bones. I felt like I lived there from the first moment I walked in. It’s got a good energy, I’d say.

One of the major considerations in our decision to move was our gym routine. I know it sounds silly, but moving means completely shaking up our fitness routine and that was a big negative when evaluating our decision. Due to our new location, our current gym is no longer convenient so we need to find a new solution. We like our current gym. Despite its extortionate monthly fee, the Virgin Active in Islington is really good and I’m quite comfortable there. As soon as we decided to move, an immediate next step was ensuring I had a local gym, preferably close to both work and home. Luckily, Better Gym offers a great alternative. Not only is there a great facility located near my office (with a 30m pool!), there is also one near our flat. And the best part? It is more than 30% cheaper than Virgin Active per month! YESSS!

So… with all that fitness-related savings, I decided I could probably entertain additional options. I discovered Orangetheory has a location near the new flat. Having brushed it off as a tacky American chain (Sorry!), I never really considered Orangetheory, but since it’s so close, I decided I’d pop in after Parkrun last week. They were so welcoming and enthusiastic! The classes are 60-minute sessions split into cardio and strength intervals. They use heart rate monitors to track the intensity and measure metabolic burn. It seems intense and a little competitive, which is totally my thing. They offered Graham and I a free session so we’ll be checking that out next week. Review coming soon!


Looks like fun!

Of course, some parts of my routine will remain the same. The move means we’re now a mere 0.4 miles from our local Parkrun. There is literally no excuse not to go every week now. And of course, I’m still close to my beloved Regent’s Canal. I could never give that up.

Regent’s Canal: my favourite place to run in London

Given all the changes in my life in the last 5 years, you probably wouldn’t believe me if I said I don’t really like change. But it’s true. I’m a habitual creature and I find great comfort in routine. But, I also recognize that change is good. Especially as it relates to fitness. Changing up your routine can have tons of benefits. You can break through a plateau, build new muscles, meet new people and most importantly, get excited about exercise again!

This year has been pretty full-on from a training perspective and I’ve found my motivation diminishing in the past few weeks. But now, I’m interested and excited to try new classes, new gyms and swim in a 30m pool! I’m even excited about my Orangetheory session, which is at 6:30 in the morning. That makes me a crazy person, by the way.

Onward to new things!


  1. Alison October 24, 2017 / 11:12 pm

    Always good to change things up!

  2. Claire October 25, 2017 / 2:01 am

    Excited to hear about how you adapt to your new routine!

  3. Tina October 25, 2017 / 3:13 am

    The word maisonette is hilarious 🙂 Can’t wait to come see it!

    • thoughtsandpavement October 25, 2017 / 9:14 am

      I know, right? I Googled it. The definition is literally, “a set of rooms for living in, typically on two storeys of a larger building and having a separate entrance,” which is exactly accurate to the place we are moving into.

  4. Marie October 25, 2017 / 7:14 am

    How do you have time to go to the gym? Isn’t running taking all your time and energy? 🙂

    • thoughtsandpavement October 25, 2017 / 9:13 am

      Haha no. I only run 2, maximum 3 times/week. I like to add some cross-training in too like spinning, HIIT or swimming. Also, if it’s raining, I usually opt for something indoors 🙂

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