This is the world's first exercise cafe - pay for lunch by exercising
Annie Kim

With the health craze up and running, people are becoming more educated and aware of how an active lifestyle is essential to living the highest quality of life. David Lloyd Clubs, a fitness corporation that provides over 81 state-of-the-art gyms across the UK, has launched the world’s first exercise cafe where they only accept sweat as payment. The cafe is called Run For Your Bun. Reported by David Lloyd Clubs, most office workers spend 90% of their working day sitting down. To fight the work culture’s sitting disease, David Lloyd Clubs has launched Run For Your Bun, the

Reported by David Lloyd Clubs, most office workers spend 90% of their working day sitting down. To fight the work culture’s sitting disease, David Lloyd Clubs has launched Run For Your Bun, the pop-up exercise cafe, for 3 days (January 11th – 13th) in London. The cafe will only accept a 10 minute HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) session as payment for a delicious and healthy lunch- minutes on a rowing machine, spin bike and treadmill equates to “dollars” and squats, sit-ups and lunges as “change.”


Elaine Denton, health and fitness expert from David Lloyd Clubs explained to Mirror, “Being active at work and moving around more is really important… Our lifestyles are becoming increasingly sedentary and we want people to recognize that a nutritious, balanced diet and a healthy amount of exercise go hand-in-hand when it comes to leading a healthy lifestyle.”

There are countless studies and statistics that have led to the conclusion that a sedentary lifestyle contributes to anxiety, depression, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and other major health issues. According to The Washington Post, the average office person sits 10 hours a day responding to emails, filling out paperwork, writing proposals, making phone calls and eating lunch. Many people go from their office chairs to living room chairs to the couch with Netflix. Without realizing it, we become stuck in this unhealthy perpetuating cycle of stress from sitting too much. Reported by Distractify, an office worker spends 5 years sitting at a desk and 2 years sitting in work meetings. The average American lifespan is 78.6 years. That’s a whole lot of sitting that is jeopardizing your chances at living a longer life. Some researchers have proposed the alarming statement that sitting is the ‘silent killer’ and may be worse for our health than smoking.

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Run For Your Bun’s ultimate goal is to encourage people to be more active throughout their day. The fitness cafe’s HIIT payment requirement for a nutritious lunch includes: 1 minute on a rowing machine, 1 minute on a spin bike, 1 minute on a treadmill, 1 minute of sit-ups, 1 minute of squats, and 1 minute of lunges with 30-second rest periods between each exercise. Your sweat session will earn you a scrumptious good-for-you lunch. Each meal is around 200 calories which is what you burn off during the HIIT session. As posted on ticketing platform UK Billetto, the lunch options at Run For Your Bun include:

  • Smashed avocado with cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, chili and lime on toasted wholemeal bread
  • Grilled chicken breast burger with tomato, red onion, smashed avocado and garlic mayo
  • Giant cous cous salad with apricots, raisins, pine nuts, lemon, coriander and fresh basil with a balsamic dressing
  • Pitta pockets with mixed salad and a choice of smoked salmon or grilled halloumi filling


The Run For Your Bun receipt will remind you of your total “Savings Today: 234kcal.” Their message to people is to “COME TO LIFE” by stepping away from the office chair. Move more and do more! There are only so many years in your life, don’t spend five years sitting it away.

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[Source: Business Insider UK]