The un­healthy sea­son


The av­er­age Bri­ton spent a to­tal of 40 hours on the sofa last Christ­mas, a sur­vey found. Re­search con­cluded that a com­bi­na­tion of nod­ding off af­ter food, binge­ing on Net­flix’s Christ­mas of­fer­ing (A Christ­mas Prince, any­one?) and yet an­other round of Cluedo, Scrab­ble or sim­i­lar led to a stun­ning five hours a day clocked up on the couch. What else would we do? Ex­perts sug­gest that we re­vive the once tra­di­tional Christ­mas walk. So gather up the fam­ily and head out to­gether for a brisk walk in the fes­tive chill. Only 30 min­utes out­side get­ting your heart rate up can do won­ders for your health. Reg­u­lar walk­ing helps to im­prove heart and lung fit­ness, strengthen bones, in­crease mus­cle strength and re­duce body fat – all of which we need af­ter our choco­late-fu­elled Net­flix binges be­fore Jan­uary comes around.

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