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How to burn off your Christmas dinner

Did you know we consume an average of more than 4,000 calories on Christmas Day? That’s according to a poll of 7,600 UK adults by sports retailer Decathlon.

But don’t worry about this, enjoy yourself! We can burn it off with a four-hour run (half an hour a day for eight days) or swim for five hours (an hour a day for five days). So you don’t need to spend January slugging it out in the gym – start today!

Nicola Barnabo, fitness sports manager at Decathlon said: “Whether it’s eggnog, turkey, roast potatoes or Christmas pudding, everyone knows part of the fun of Christmas Day is being able to indulge and enjoy lots of different foods. But it is a little surprising when you consider not just how many calories we are consuming, but how sedentary our lifestyles tend to become over Christmas.

“It’s not necessarily a case of needing to spend Christmas in the gym or training relentlessly, but I think this research shows that even something that you might naturally do with family anyway while you’re all together over the Christmas period – such as a Boxing Day walk, a game of football or even playing tag with the kids could be beneficial for quite a few of us in the days between Christmas and new year. And if you find yourself with the time and inclination to enjoy your usual workout or try a new form of exercise, that will be hugely beneficial too! After all, there’s no harm in getting ahead of new year goals!”

For more information, see www.decathlon.co.uk

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