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KILOJOULES BURNT PER HOUR, ON AV­ER­AGE, WHILE TAK­ING A HOT BATH. THAT’S AROUND 250 MORE THAN YOU’D BURN ON THE COUCH.

Men's Health (South Africa) - - BULLETINS / HEALTH -

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.

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