New statistics reveal nations overindulgence over Christmas

15 December 2016        

Category: Fundraising

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Brits will spend a nearly 10 billion hours sitting down over the festive period this December, and put on an incredible 19.5million stone this month, according to new statistics released as part of our Treks Campaign.

The survey revealed that a third of Brits will do absolutely no exercise throughout the whole of December, while a further third will do less than an hour a week. According to the survey, just over 1million Brits, or one in 20, that already had an exercise regime won’t get back to their usual routine until February. 

Coupled with this, throughout December, Brits will chalk up around 188 hours and 29 minutes of sedentary behaviour per person, spent sitting eating, cosied up in front of the TV or driving home to see loved ones.

Over Christmas period, Brits will collectively put on over 19.5million stone by New Year – equivalent to 9,874 London double decker buses.

Get active in the New Year

We're encouraging everyone to kickstart a healthier New Year once the festivities are over by signing up to one of our UK or overseas treks and raising money for life saving research. Around 3,500 people took on a UK or overseas trek or cycling challenge for us last year, raising close to an incredible £1.5million for the our vital research.

Krystyna Grant, our Head of Adventure, said: “We all love to indulge and let loose over the Christmas period, but by eating to excess, and kicking our exercise routines to the kerb, we’re likely to pile on the pounds. Taking on one of our incredible treks is the perfect way to get back to your heart healthy self in the New Year and help protect your heart. 

“By taking on an experience of a lifetime for the BHF, you can join our fight against heart disease, get back in shape and raise funds for our lifesaving research.”

Included in our programme of treks and cycles are incredible overseas destinations including the Great Wall of China and magical Machu Picchu, as well as the charity’s toughest 100k treks, from London to Brighton, London to Oxford and Glasgow to Edinburgh.

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