Light exercise 'could help fight off the Christmas bulge'

21 December 2011

Being active over the Christmas period is vital for cardiac health, according to one expert.

Research funded by the British Heart Foundation has shown that just 30 minutes of gentle exercise, such as an afternoon walk on Christmas Day, could significantly lower levels of fat such as cholesterol after a large dinner.

Scientists at the University of Glasgow found that light physical activity can help change the structure of lipids in the blood and help the body to get rid of them more easily.

Dr Jason Gill, who led the study, said: "Our research suggests that exercise works at the 'plughole' end of the process, increasing the body's ability to break down the fats faster."

He added that the effects of draining the excess fat could last over a couple of days, so regular exercise would provide maximum benefits.

Dr Cory Holly, founder of the Cory Holly Institute, recently suggested that people should eat in moderation over the festive period to avoid overindulgence and weight gain.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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