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A new gardening trend thanks to the weather

Roshina Jowaheer
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From House Beautiful

Fitness fans are using the spring heatwave to re-organise their gardens and take their favourite exercises outside, with 59 per cent of sun-worshippers admitting to taking their training outdoors thanks to the warm weather.

New research by garden and conservatory e-tailer Alfresia.co.uk has revealed that, perhaps surprisingly, football is the most popular exercise in the garden and is enjoyed by 78 per cent of people, followed by weights.

Bit it’s not just high-intensity and resistance training that we’re taking outside, as almost half (45 per cent) of Brits say they are embracing more relaxed forms of exercise, including sun-kissed Pilates and yoga.

Nic Jones, head of digital at Alfresia.co.uk, said: 'Exercising outdoors is a great way to soak up that much-needed vitamin D, whilst getting plenty of light and fresh air to get those endorphins flowing.

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'Even those with smaller outdoor spaces, such as a simple patio or balcony can invest in a fitness mat and carry out a morning stretch session or quick cardio class after a day in the office – the options are endless and you’re guaranteed to feel so much better for it.'

The research comes after garden centres reported record-breaking plant sales during the May heatwave. According to The Guardian, cacti and succulents are the most favoured plants by shoppers looking to spruce up their outdoor spaces for summer. Robot mower sales are also up 75 per cent on last year at John Lewis, suggesting that many are looking for easy ways to maintain their gardens.

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