Merry Christmas Eve; I trust that the biscuits and whisky are out, you’re several stone heavier from the lead-up festivities and that you’ve already unwrapped and then re-wrapped the presents under the tree as you surrendered to your curiosity. If not, then bah humbug.
If you’re already feeling guilty about gaining the extra pounds, and I’m not talking about that cheque from your Aunt Deidre, new research has shown that a Christmas Day walk helps fight the festive over-indulgence.
Scientists funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) claim that the festive family stroll reduces the fat levels in our blood by changing the structure of the blood fats- or lipids- for a day or two, allowing the body to get rid of them more easily.
If the guilt is already present, then perhaps you could shed some by going for that 30 minute walk. However, there is another way to relieve you of some of the stresses that you may already be feeling and it comes in the form of a new reflexology app by Anna Walsh.
Reflexology can help you to distress after the stressfulness of rushing around cooking turkeys and forcing your children to eat their stuffing. The tutorial videos on the app will keep you relaxed for hours on end whilst your husband enjoys learning the best techniques to massaging your feet.
Whichever way you decide to spend Christmas this year, in the words of Nat King Cole, ‘Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you’.
More about the British Heart Foundation study