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Discover different ways to stay active in London with the Nike+ FuelBand SE

Finding time to exercise can be hard in London, when there are so many things we’d rather be doing (especially when you have Time Out to inspire you!) But instead of feeling guilty for going to that food festival rather than the gym, why not look at what your body has accomplished throughout the day? Yes, you ate that extra pulled pork sandwich, but what about the three hours of walking around the market? Just because you don’t feel the burn, that doesn’t mean you haven’t been active.

The Time Out team has been testing the new Nike+ FuelBand SE with some of the best things to do in London and adding up the stats to show you the physical benefits of a good day out. NikeFuel is the first ever universal single unit for measuring all kinds of activity; the more you move, the more NikeFuel points you earn.

Now let the games begin!

Skip the gym and get active in London


Danielle Goldstein, Writer Book Slam mixes stories, poetry, music and comedy. This week, lauded “Fight Club” author Chuck Palahniuk read alongside alt-folk singer Sivu. It wasn’t energetic, but the entertainment was non-stop.

  1. Duration 3 hrs
  2. NikeFuel: 226
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Natural History Museum ice rink

Flo Wales Bonner, Writer London’s open-air ice rinks have become a winter tradition, with twinkling lights and the waft of hot chocolate on the air. The one at the Natural History Museum (on until Jan 5) is really magical. Most of my initial energy was spent trying not to fall on my bum, but once I got into the swing of it, I was a pro – gliding along like I was dancing on ice. Well, almost!

  1. Duration: 30 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 310
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Paul Klee at Tate Modern

Michael Hodges, Executive Editor I went to see the new Making Visible exhibition at Tate Modern (on until March 9). Klee was one of the most significant figures in European modernism. I followed a fascinating tour guided by Time Out’s very own Martin Coomer (as part of the exhibition’s opening), which was a great way of stretching my legs and stretching my mind at the same time.

  1. Duration: 60 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 322
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Laura Lee Davies, Senior Contributing Editor Unless you have tickets at the front, most gigs at The O2’s arena start with a climb up to the towering balconies, but for Vampire Weekend we were in the stalls – not too much NikeFuel earned finding our seats, then. Luckily their most recent album, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’, is a winner, plenty of upbeat litero-pop to get you moving.

  1. Duration: 1 hr 30 min
  2. NikeFuel: 445
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Brian May's ‘Diableries’

Alexi Duggins, Editor-at-Large My post-work routine rarely involves Queen’s guitarist taking me on a personal journey through hell (though he did do that album with Paul Rodgers), so I couldn’t resist an invitation to the book launch of his ‘Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures in Hell’. It wasn’t that active, but if you walk to free events like this (at the British Library), you fit your exercise in that way.

  1. Duration:1 hr 17 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 467
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Laura Lee Davies, Senior Contributing Editor These days a quizmaster has to put on a show, and the host of Harry’s Pub Quiz is one of the best. A kind of stand-up-meets-DJ, “Harry” hosts a Quizpocalypse at the Landseer, N19 (Mon) and King’s Head, N8 (Wed), taking pop culture knowledge to “Big Bang Theory” levels of geekdom. A real hoot, with plenty of jumping around for exercise.

  1. Duration: 2 hrs 30 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 557
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Thursday night shopping

Dan Frost, Writer I walked from work to Seven Dials for Thursday late opening. Earlham Street is great for vintage, indie and designer menswear.

  1. Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 636
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Yoga Pub Dating

Flo Wales Bonner, Writer I love doing yoga to relax, but it’s great to know I’m burning NikeFuel too. This was a bit different, kind of speed dating with more contact! I left feeling much more energetic than when I went in.

  1. Duration: 1 hr 30 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 636
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Flo Wales Bonner, Writer I had some good old-fashioned fun with a spot of bowling after work. It was a laugh, despite the fact that my ball skills left a lot to be desired. Checking my FuelBand SE after the session, I was surprised to see that I used so much NikeFuel – must have been all that despairing gesticulation as I watched my ball roll determinedly into the gutter...

  1. Duration: 1 hr
  2. NikeFuel: 638
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Walking in Richmond Park

Michael Hodges, Executive Editor We went on a family walk in Richmond Park. They have free guided walks –I doubt there’s a better way to work out.

  1. Duration: 1 hr
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Flo Wales Bonner, Writer Pilates focuses on exercises for core strength; it’s not a sweaty gym workout. Perfect after a day spent standing on the tube and sitting at a computer. I do machine Pilates, so energy use really varies, but I always feel great.

  1. Duration: 1 hr
  2. NikeFuel: 770

Dance rehearsal

Lyndsey Winship, Dance Editor Last week Time Out was preparing for a flashmob in Covent Garden, so I did my bit and went to a rehearsal at Pineapple Dance Studios. It was fairly laid-back, but I still earned some NikeFuel.

  1. Duration: 55 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 1036
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Cycling to work

Danielle Goldstein, Writer I live in Dalston and cycle to and from work in Tottenham Court Road every day. I’d say the first ten minutes of my journey are pretty fluid, through residential roads, then it becomes start-stop as I hit Angel. I use the same route both ways, so it was really interesting to compare how much NikeFuel I earned – 691 in the morning, 843 in the evening! Total for both (7.54 miles) below.

  1. Duration: 42 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 1534

Wilton's with mates

Danielle Goldstein, Writer It’s all very well going to a gym, but it wastes time that could be spent in the pub with friends. That’s what I did this week at Wilton’s Music Hall. I cycled there, and home, and earned almost a full day’s NikeFuel!

  1. Duration: 6 hrs 43 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 1545
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Alexi Duggins, Editor-at-Large I love going to clubs, but it’s great to get behind the decks, too. We run For the Love Of Mic at Concrete in Shoreditch, and the next event is all about Movember – on November 29. Come and show us your ’taches, boys and girls. I was amazed that last Friday I earned so many NikeFuel points. Nice to know that having a good time gets the job done.

  1. Duration: 4 hrs 30 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 1750
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The Drowned Man

Dan Frost, Writer I’ve been meaning to go to the Punchdrunk show ‘The Drowned Man’ at Temple Studios for weeks – it’s an immersive theatre show and not just sitting in the stalls. I was really surprised at how much NikeFuel I earned – maybe it was the intensity of the experience (it wasn’t very busy, so doubly creepy, and I had several one-on-ones).

  1. Duration: 2 hrs 10 mins
  2. NikeFuel: 2474
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