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6 unusual exercise ideas for alfresco athletes

It’s July, the sun’s out – supposedly – so it should be a great month for outdoor exercise, says Matt Majendie
6 unusual exercise ideas for alfresco athletes
July 10, 2017   |    Matt Majendie


The capital may not exactly be synonymous with surfing but the chance to tackle the waves is closer than you think – in fact, the city boasts one of the world’s largest surfing communities.

London Surf Club was established in 1981 while London Surf Breaks takes surfers on weekends away, the next is 21-23 July in Croyde, Devon.

Within 60 miles of London are a myriad of surf spots: Brighton, Broadstairs, Eastbourne, Hastings and Camber Sands to name but a few.

And in October, don’t miss the dry land thrills of the 7th London Surf Film Festival.


London now has 16 outside ‘pools’ which are recommended by the Outdoor Swimming Society, from Hampstead Heath Swimming Ponds to Serpentine Lido and Tooting Bec Lido.

But if you want a feel for swimming outdoors closer to home (and money isn’t an issue) then you can have your own created in your garden by Endless Pools it costs around £7,200 for a constant fast lane where you never need to even touch the end nor turn.

And if it’s gadgets you’re after while swimming, there’s everything from the swimproof Fitbit Flex 2 Fitness Wristband (from £69.99) to the Aerb 4GB underwater waterproof MP3 player with earphones (£33.99), which allows you to listen to your favourite music while pounding stroke after stroke.


Chrissie Wellington is one of Britain’s most unsung sporting heroes, having been a four-time Ironman World Champion.

Now, she has used her own expertise to help you tackle the swim, bike and run… whatever the distance you choose.

Her book, To The Finish Line, is published in September (£18.99, Constable). Before then, the London Triathlon, the largest in the world, takes place from 22-23 July over varying distances and age groups beginning in Docklands.

Visit Live To Tri for more details

Vitamin D, obtained from sunlight, staves off depression and supports a healthy immune and nervous system. Most Brits don’t get enough, so your workout is even better in summer if you move it outside.


Robbie Britton is an ultra marathon runner who has, in six years, gone from his first marathon to representing his country at the World 24-hour Running Championships.

When not competing, he coaches and offers boot camps for Brits abroad, the next of which, in the Alps resort of Chamonix, is already sold out.

For future trips, and to find out more, visit Robbie Britton.

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