FORMER Royal Marine sergeant major Neal Cox knows a thing or two about keeping fit and he has found an ingenious way of getting the most out of his daily exercise routine under lockdown rules.

Mr Cox, 53, from Devizes who is married with two grown up children often gets some funny looks when he is spotted on his paddle skateboard.

The keen paddle boarder saw the land version of the sport on U-tube and decided to give it a go.

He said: “It is an excellent form of exercise. But I do get some funny looks. I think now more than ever it is important to try and keep fit and make the most of the time we are allowed for exercise.”

Mr Cox, who left the Royal Marines after 22 years of service, moved to Devizes in 2007 and now works from home as a design engineer.

He said: “I can’t wait for the lockdown to be lifted so I can back out on my paddle board in the sea but I will also take it on the canal.

“I find it relaxing and it is a great way to see things.”