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Date posted 06 Oct 2020

Let’s make the most of our ‘New Normal’ and keep your mind and body active. Why not try out some of our ideas to start you off.

We now have Aqua Aerobics classes on our fitness timetables at Clapham Leisure Centre, Brixton Recreation Centre, Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, Vauxhall Leisure Centre and West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre.  To book your class download our BETTER app on your mobile phone or book via our website here. Don’t forget Pilates too – a brilliant way to sort out your posture and get flexible and strong.  All of our Lambeth centres hold Pilates classes at various times of the day.

We also have a wide range of online classes where you can work out from the comfort of your own home. There are specific 60+ classes with lots to choose from via our BETTER app.

Don’t forget to write down all the exercise that you do on a daily basis – keep a log.This should include walks, stretches, and classes. It’s important to keep moving.

If you enjoy a good read, you will be pleased to know that our libraries are open and so in October why not read a style of book that you wouldn’t normally pick up.  Charity shops are also a good way of challenging you to read something a little different as you have to choose from what they have on the shelves.  And don’t forget audio books – a lovely way to lose yourself in a good story with a nice cup of tea.


A bowl of warming soup is the best comfort food on a cold October day. Eat with some warm bread, or a jacket potato with cheese, or a more substantial meal. 

Try our Spicy tomato soup recipe:


1 tin chopped tomatoes

2 tbs tomato puree

2 cloves crushed garlic

1 inch square grated fresh ginger

600ml vegetable stock

½ - 1 tbs chipotle paste

Coriander (to taste)

Medium chopped green chilli

1 green or red pepper cut into pieces

5 tbs rice

4 tbs natural yogurt


Blend the tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic and ginger until smooth. Pour into a large saucepan and add chipotle, coriander, pepper, most of the chilli, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 – 15 mins.  Add the rice and cook for another 15 minutes (make sure the rice is cooked and tender). 

Add a little more stock if the soup is too thick. Serve with chopped coriander, yogurt, and the rest of the chilli.