Have the Olympics inspired a fitter, sportier you?

Date published: 28 July 2021

Are you a ‘sneaky Peaty’ or a wannabe tae kwon do-er (ist)?

If the Tokyo Olympics have encouraged you to get sporty – or just get a bit more active - you don’t have to be gold medal standard, just ready to give a sport a try, return to one you used to do - or perhaps just lose a few pounds and get fitter.

There are lots of routes to sport and better fitness, and they don’t involve pounding the pavements all alone for mile after mile. Sport is inclusive, fun, non-judgemental and now – with restrictions lifting – even mass-participatory.

Below are a winning team of links to help get you to the next stage.  
Get running with Couch to 5K - NHS (
London Borough of Hillingdon - Sports and fitness
Back to netball – sessions in this area
Parkrun – find one near you
Cycling - Hillingdon Council
Mountain Biking | Hillingdon Slipstreamers
Hillingdon Triathletes
Hillingdon tae kwon do (Facebook)

We sincerely hope that the Hillingdon Half-Marathon and 10k will return as an in-person event next year rather than the ‘virtual’ one of 2021, because not only is it fun and gives you something to aim for and train for – starting now -  it also raises money for our Trust charity.

But back to the Olympic theme. Did you know Hillingdon played an important role in the 1948 London games, and also hosted a stage of the torch relay for London 2012, when the flame was carried past the front of the hospital?

Uxbridge FM History show - Ken Pearce - Olympics from 1948 - YouTube

Picture: British Olympic hero Adam Peaty. You don't have to be as good as he is, but swimming is a great way to keep fit.