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Weight Watchers Magazine (Australia) - - Healthy Christmas -

Head­ing out­side for a walk could be the per­fect an­ti­dote to Christ­mas stress – and might mean you move for longer with­out notic­ing too, ac­cord­ing to a new study. Aus­trian re­searchers found walk­ing for three hours in the moun­tains was per­ceived to be more en­joy­able and less stren­u­ous than pound­ing a tread­mill for the same time. ey di­vided 45 peo­ple into three groups – one who hiked for three hours, an­other who walked on a sim­i­lar gra­di­ent on a tread­mill and a third group who sat in­side talk­ing. e out­door group re­ported more en­joy­ment, calm­ness and less fa­tigue than the tread­mill group or the in­doors chat­ting group.

Try this: Take ad­van­tage of the longer sum­mer days to swap your tread­mill ses­sion for a stroll on the beach or bush­walk – you may find that it’s less tir­ing than if you were at the gym, and en­joy it a lot more!

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