I’m just going to leave you with this little thought as we start the slide down the slippery slope that is the run up to Christmas:
This is the time of year when the frost crackles and crunches underfoot, the air is heavy with the sound of nothingness, and every facet of the countryside is etched in crisp detail beneath glowering grey and yellow skies. There’s nothing quite like getting outside at this time of year – the joy of being scarf-swaddled, mittened up to the max, rosy cheeked, extremities stinging, and foggy breathed.
(There’s also nothing like dreaming of ditching winter and jetting off to spend the festive season in warmer climes. But that’s not a reality for most of us unfortunately.)
Either way, with Christmas gluttony fast approaching, it’s time to embrace the joys and benefits of planning a Boxing Day walk. With or without the family.
According to research recently published in the Lancet, we need to incorporate physical activity into our everyday lives – be that taking the stairs at work to walking to the local store to taking a walk around the block to clear our heads from the incessant burble of family at this time of the year – as this is more likely to protect us from heart disease and an early death than buying a gym membership.
Christmas is the time of year when healthy eating goes out the window. On average, we put on 4lbs between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day after consuming twice the recommended calorie intake, and it takes until Easter to undo that ‘damage’.
To burn off your mince pie you’ll need to walk at a reasonable pace (4mph ish) for about 30 minutes.
Some of you may not need the calorie argument to prompt you to flee outdoors. The list of potential arguments and family-related annoyances is well documented.
But now we’ve planted that seed that escape is there if required then you can click on this link to get some fabulous ideas as to where you should go for your wonder to walk off the festive excesses on Boxing Day. It’s far better than a day at the sales. Trust us.