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Take your workout outside – 5 fun ways

Take your workout outside – 5 fun ways

From open water swimming and cycling to paddleboarding and polo, here’s the most fun ways to get fit in southwest London and Surrey this spring

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MAKE FOR THE WATER

Whether you fancy a brisk swim or a leisurely kayak, we have spots all over Surrey and south west London. Heated Hampton Pool is open year-round for a swim. Want to really test your stamina? Do some laps in Tooting Bec Lido’s long pool! Or try open water swimming in the vast lake at Shepperton – you can book a coach if you’re new to open water swimming. You can also rent kayaks there. Try your hand at stand-up paddleboard with SUP4 in Kingston, which offers coaching and group sessions. Or join The Lensbury, where you can easily take to the Thames from its riverside location for various water-based activities.

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IN THE SADDLE

We have many gorgeous local spots for a hack, from Richmond Park to Wimbledon Common. Book for a lesson at Stag Lodge. Or try Barnfield – lessons and hacks here will help support its work offering subsidised opportunities as a centre for Riding for the Disabled. Or try your hand at polo. Ham Polo Club offers lessons and the sport is not only a real workout but great fun too.

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PERFECT YOUR SERVE

Tennis is a great spring-time pursuit. Head to the clubspark.lta.org.uk website for all local courts and courses. Wimbledon Park, and Canbury Gardens in Kingston offer courts to hire. Want to up your game? There are courses to suit all levels. Try Battersea Park Millennium Arena.

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PARK LIFE

Sign up for one of the many training sessions in the park. Join a group for motivation or get a personal instructor for a workout to suit you. Bear Grylls’ Be Military Fit programme will get you in your best shape yet. They take place in various outdoor locations, including Battersea Park, Richmond Park and Clapham Common.

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ON YOUR BIKE

If your bicycle has been tucked away in the shed all winter, take it to a local shop to be checked over. Halfords offers free bike checks. Then choose your route – off road in Richmond Park: head around the perimeter on the Tamsin Trail – or along the miles of riverside tracks – fabulous stretches include Kingston to Richmond.

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