New research shows almost two-fifths (37.5 per cent) of people have a passion for gardening, while other popular ways of enjoying the outdoors include shopping (28 per cent) and dog walking (17 per cent), animal watching (16 per cent) and cycling (12 per cent).
First Utility, the gas and electricity supplier, conducted the research as part of its new campaign celebrating the things people put their energy into.
Just four per cent said they took part in competitive sports. The most popular sporting activity was cycling. Running was an activity shared by 7.5 per cent, gym-going drew 7.4 per cent and battle re-enacting was a hit with 1.7 per cent. A quarter admit they don’t engage in any outdoor activity.
Popular TV shows Strictly Come Dancing and the Great British Bake Off are among the programmes which make people want to emulate the contestants. The research shows a third want to develop their culinary expertise after watching TV (14.9 per cent want to do more cooking; 14.1 per cent more baking) and 10.8 per cent would like to try ballroom dancing.