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Exercising in the great outdoors

Working out in the great outdoors is proven to be better for both your mind and body. Here’s why exercising outdoors is so beneficial, plus our top tips of outdoor workouts you can do around The Runnymede on Thames.

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It’s the time of year when we’re itching to get outdoors and make the most of the weather. Any exercise – indoor or out – produces mood-enhancing endorphins, but exercising outdoors brings even more benefits. Research shows that people who exercise outside are in an even better mood afterwards than those who do an indoor workout, which is likely to have something to do with the vitamin D production stimulated from sunlight. Research also shows that outdoor exercise boosts self-esteem – an effect which is further enhanced when the exercise takes place in close proximity to greenery or water.

Those are good enough reasons for us to embrace outdoor exercise this summer! Here are our top tips on the best outdoor workouts in and around The Runnymede on Thames.

Outdoor yoga

Outdoor yoga classes are now back at The Runnymede. Tone, stretch and feel connected to nature every Sunday morning at our yoga sessions in the orchard.

Jogging routes

Our location on the banks of the River Thames and next to the historic Runnymede meadows mean we have jogging routes galore on our doorstep. Run alongside the river or soak up the immense history of our locality while working out for an all-round boost.

Walk or hike

You don’t even have to don your workout clothes to reap the benefits of exercising outdoors – simply take yourself on a brisk walk or hike instead. There’s plenty to explore directly from our doorstep, with a wander up to the Magna Carta monuments and the National Trust tearoom a firm favourite among our guests.

Outdoor Waterfit

Fans of Waterfit rejoice, our Tuesday morning class is now taking place in our Outdoor pool at The Runnymede.Perfect for those that want to improve their fitness levels with a low impact workout in the sunshine.


Enjoy a good game of tennis on one of our three courts, exclusively available to hotel residents and spa members. Take your pick from the multisport or two Astroturf courts and The Runnymede will provide racquets and tennis balls.

Dragon boat racing

Climb aboard a majestic Chinese dragon boat, learn how to paddle as a team, then embark on a competitive race to the beat of a drum. Give it a try at nearby Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club – it’s the perfect combination of physical activity and fun! The Runnymede on Thames can offer dragon boat racing as a corporate team building activity.


Make the most of our River Thames location by getting out on the water. Just a short way upriver in Windsor are kayak providers such as London Kayak Tours, where you can embark on a guided tour of the locality on a kayak. There are even options that include tuition, or a glass of bubbly if you like exercise along with the finer things in life!

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