Press-ups between the Purbeck

To what extent should churchyards be used for exercise?

On 13 August, the BBC’s Magazine that ”answers the questions behind the news” explored the views of a number of individuals and organizations on whether it is wrong to exercise in a graveyard? The example quoted was that of a fitness club owned by former British Olympic athlete Daley Thompson that has been criticised for holding part of an exercise class in Putney Old Burial Ground in south-west London. Concerns were raised as a consequence of a YouTube video advertising DaleyFitness, although the group’s CEO, Gavin Sunshine, says that other groups, including schoolchildren playing rounders, theatre productions and other personal trainers had used the burial ground. Continue reading