If the gym’s not your thing...

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have al­ready men­tioned not us­ing the lift and get­ting off the bus early, so what else can you do if you don’t want to hit the gym.

Well, love it or loathe it, house­work is a great way to get fit.

Giv­ing your home a thor­ough vac­u­um­ing can burn on av­er­age 190 calo­ries an hour. Fol­low up with wash­ing the car by hand for half an hour (180 calo­ries) and a lit­tle light dust­ing (70 calo­ries) and you will have a clean home, sparkling car and be health­ier for it.

Aside from ex­er­cise, watch­ing what you eat is key to health and fit­ness.

Dur­ing large sport­ing events, such as the World Cup, we can con­sume up to 2,500 ex­tra calo­ries per game, cour­tesy of those match-day nib­bles and drinks.

For ex­am­ple, three pints of pre­mium lager adds 1,000 ex­tra calo­ries, an av­er­age pep­per­oni pizza con­tains around 1,500 calo­ries and a bag of crisps for luck is at least 130 per bag.

If that is not fright­en­ing enough, con­sider that even if Eng­land hadn’t got be­yond the first three matches, that’s a stag­ger­ing 7,500 calo­ries just for the open­ing round.

LA Fit­ness Di­rec­tor, Mark Tal­ley said: “Drink­ing lager and eat­ing un­healthy food is likely to pile fat in trou­ble ar­eas lead­ing to beer bel­lies and love han­dles.”

As with ev­ery­thing, mod­er­a­tion is the key. How­ever, if you can’t re­sist a few treats, try a detox af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mark said: “That means elim­i­nat­ing al­co­hol, caf­feine and pro­cessed foods and re­plac­ing them with fruit and veg­eta­bles, fresh foods and wa­ter.

“Com­bine a bit of sim­ple di­etary dis­ci­pline with reg­u­lar ex­er­cise, dur­ing which you will sweat out some of the tox­ins you have ac­cu­mu­lated.”

You can find out whether or not you are match fit with a new NHS World Cup Fit­ness tool.

View­ers can test their match fit­ness and see how they com­pare to fans from around the world, such as Ger­many and Ar­gentina.

The tool en­cour­ages adults to be­come more ac­tive, and even of­fers play­ers the chance to see how much they would be worth in to­day’s trans­fer mar­ket by an­swer­ing sim­ple health ques­tions.

Pub­lic health min­is­ter Anne Mil­ton said: “This aims to get peo­ple think­ing about sim­ple changes in their life, like eat­ing a bet­ter diet or join­ing a Sun­day league foot­ball team.

“Ev­ery­one who plays stands a chance to win a tour of Wem­b­ley and tick­ets to Eng­land matches, cour­tesy of the FA.”

To find out more, visit www. nhs.uk

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