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Cancer Charity Encourages Brits to Boot Up for Christmas Walk

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This Christmas season, the leading cancer prevention charity, the World Cancer Research Fund, is encouraging people to boot up and go for a walk after their Christmas meal. This is to highlight that being physically active can help protect against certain cancers, after a YouGov poll commissioned by the charity shows that over 7 in 10 Brits (73%) want to be more active to reduce their risk of cancer.

The poll asked what Brits would likely do to reduce their cancer risk. 68% said they would do more moderate-intensity physical activity, while 24% said they were likely to do more vigorous-intensity activity.
Being physically active, which includes brisk walking, has many health benefits, including helping protect us against cancers of the colon, breast, and womb. It can also, along with a healthy diet, help us manage our weight. Living with overweight or obesity increases the risk of at least 13 cancers. 
Other benefits of being physically active include improved mental health, mood, and sleep.  When it comes to being physically active, people should aim to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity a week. The World Cancer Research Fund has a lot of tips on how people can become more active.
The poll also found that 70% were more likely to eat more fruit and vegetables to reduce their risk, and half said that they would drink fewer sugary drinks. 63% of 18–24s said they would likely eat less overly processed food high in fat, salt, and sugar to reduce their cancer risk, compared to 58% of over 55s.
As well as encouraging people to walk after their Christmas lunch, the charity has created some delicious Christmas recipes that won’t leave people feeling overly full. A diet rich in fruit, vegetables, wholegrains, and pulses not only helps to ensure you get your 5 A Day but can also help reduce the risk of cancer.
Matt Lambert, a fitness expert and health information and promotion manager at the World Cancer Research Fund, said: “We’re really encouraged to see that people are willing to be more physically active, so this Christmas we want to help them put this into action by calling on all Brits to stretch their legs this year after their Christmas lunch.
“Not only can daily activity such as walking help reduce people’s risk of certain cancers, but it can also help with digestion after lunch. Why not go before you have your dessert? It’ll help you pace yourself and beat the winter darkness.”
Jan Hartnett, 61, from Surrey, said: “As a family, we always go out for a walk after our Christmas meal; it’s become a little tradition of ours. It’s a great way to be together and get all the generations, old and young, off the sofa and out and about.”
For those who enjoy walking, why not sign up for Walk 100 and get a head start on any New Year’s resolutions?

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