Jogging on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge

Jogging on the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge

The Lekki–Ikoyi Bridge is a magnificent structure. Truly one of a kind. At 18 feet, it cuts a striking and memorable figure. And it is a favourite of the communities of two of the most prestigious locations in the Lagos area, eager to use the beautiful new construction for…exercise.

Did the project owners foresee that the residents of Lekki and Ikoyi would gather on the bridge to jog? Probably not. But are there any real advantages to jogging on the 1.36km bridge?  And how can one’s jogging be optimized?

Below are five jogging tips that will make your exercise routine all the more effective:

Jogging partner

The Lekki-Ikoyi job has become much more than a link between two areas, but has developed into a community of people with one goal in mind – the improvement of their health. On Saturday mornings, the bridge is so crowded that one often has to jog in a zig-zag manner to avoid a collision with another individual. People come to the bridge with their family and friends, which is excellent because jogging with someone helps to encourage you. On your own, you may be tempted to slow down, but when jogging with a friend you find that you last longer and work harder.

Jogging on an incline

Jogging is a more efficient way to burn calories than walking. In addition, jogging on an incline burns more calories than jogging on a flat surface. This is another reason why the Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge is a great choice for the individual who wants to get the best out of his or her workout. The bridge begins to rise as you approach its centre and then falls again. That climb forces you to push harder and achieve more.

Looking good whilst jogging

How you look is often a motivator for getting off the couch and unto the bridge. However, because individuals are aware that they are likely to see someone they know on the bridge, they will feel more comfortable if they also look good whilst they are jogging. Invest in attractive sportswear this year. It will boost your spirits and make your jogging experience all the more pleasurable.

Gorgeous landscape

The gym may be stocked up from wall to wall with machinery that one can use to reduce one’s waistline, but nothing beats fresh air and a beautiful landscape to leave you feeling refreshed after your workout. The Lekki-Ikoyi Bridge overlooks the water that is frequented by fishermen in canoes earning their living. And in the middle of the bridge is a gorgeous structure that one’s eyes cannot but help being drawn to. A jogging route such as this ensures that you barely feel the burn as you exercise.

Jogging in the morning

For those of you who can, the best time to jog is in the morning. Some of you might find it easiest to sleep in your jogging outfit, so you can wake up, roll out of bed and head for the bridge.



Oyinkan Braithwaite is a graduate of Creative Writing and Law from Kingston University. Following her degree, she worked as an assistant editor at Kachifo and has been freelancing as a writer and editor since. She has had short stories published in anthologies and has also self published work. In 2014, she was shortlisted as a top ten spoken word artist in the Eko Poetry Slam.

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