KILOJOULES BURNT PER HOUR, ON AVERAGE, WHILE TAKING A HOT BATH. THAT’S AROUND 250 MORE THAN YOU’D BURN ON THE COUCH.
SUPPLEMENT YOUR SMILE
Feeling low? A daily multivitamin could perk up your mood. In an Australian study, 58 healthy adults were given either a daily multivitamin or a placebo. When, after four weeks, mood and blood biomarkers were assessed, the pill poppers had a significantly brighter disposition and much lower reports of depression than those on placebos. This was attributed to an increase of vitamins B6 and B12 in their blood, which help regulate your mood.
WAGE WAR ON THE WEEKEND
Staying fit doesn’t mean sterilising your meal plan and maxing your heart rate every day. An analysis of the exercise routines of over 60 000 adults in England and Scotland found that hitting your weekly workout quota – just 75 minutes – in a single weekend is equally as beneficial as spreading it across daily sessions during the week. In the study, those who met the physical activity target by exercising daily saw their risk of death from cardiovascular disease drop by 41%, with a 21% lower chance of cancer death. But the weekend warriors’ overall mortality risk barely differed, with their chance of cardiovascular and cancer deaths lowered by 40% and 18% respectively. Which means a football match – followed by a burger and a beer, naturally – easily racks up enough to score you the cancer-reducing results. Now that’s what we call squad goals.