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Five ways to boost your commute

Posted at 8:00 am, April 23, 2015 in Fun London

London Underground.
[Photo: Chris Billington]

Put down that newspaper immediately…

Get swept up in a story

The Atavist publishes a gripping nonfiction story on its app every month (lengths range from 5,000 to 30,000 words). It’s essentially long-form journalism, but we’re not talking about dry pieces of analysis – rather incredible real life stories accompanied by video, audio and interactive graphics. You’ll want to stay on all the way to Cockfosters. £18.99 for a year’s subscription. www.magazine.atavist.com

Run home with hombres

Fitness First’s Home Run scheme allows you to jog home with a group from a central London branch of the gym chain to a more outlying branch. Routes include Liverpool Street to Stratford and Tottenham Court Road to Highbury. And you don’t even need to lug your bags with you – just leave them at the start point and Fitness First will take them to the finishing gym for you. £15 to register, free for Fitness First members. www.homerunlondon.com. Boost your fitness levels on the cheap by heading along to one of London’s free exercise classes. See www.timeout.com/freefitness.

Find the new ‘Serial’

Engrossing and snackable, podcasts might as well have been invented for commuters. Instacast is a free app packed with fascinating shows that will blow away any ‘Serial’ withdrawal symptoms quicker than you can say ‘underwhelming conclusion’. vemedio.com/instacast

Learn your Monet from your Manet

Want to know where your impressionism stops and your fauvism begins? Or why Van Gogh cut his ear off? Then you need DailyArt, a free app that sends you an image of a famous painting every day along with some blurb about its significance. The pictures will brighten up the Northern line, and you’ll get to sound like a right know-it-all on your next Tate outing. www.getdailyart.com

Catch up with the world

Instead of flicking mindlessly through the Metro, try a more reflective approach to the news with a subscription to Delayed Gratification. Stylishly designed and impeccably written, this quarterly magazine looks back at major world events once the dust has settled, while filtering out the superfluous chatter of the 24-hour news cycle. Just don’t expect any cute animal stories.

Read our guide to alternative commutes in London.

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