Christmas is always known as a time for excess. Too many mince pies and glasses of mulled wine. It’s definitely easy to pile on the pounds and research shows that on average we gain over 5 pounds over the Christmas period.
Now I’m a very active person (as I think you can tell if you read my blog regularly) so getting a little extra calorie burn to make up for the aforementioned pies and wine usually isn’t a problem for me. But in this busy time of year it’s not always possible to get the time to train, and with Christmas parties left right and centre it’s going to be all too easy to pile on the pounds.
So when I was invited along on the #CurrysChristmasWalk with a team of other bloggers and the aid of an activity tracker I jumped at the chance. The aim of the walk was to combine a bit of Christmas shopping with some of the lovely sights of London, guided by the fantastic Best LDN Walks, all while tracking our steps and calorie burn with our techy gadgets.
Starting off from Green Park, we made our way round the famous shopping streets of London, including St James’s Street, Old Bond Street, Jermyn Street, etc. The Jawbone UP 24 I was kindly given was so quick and easy to set up, and was tracking my steps just minutes after taking it out of the box.
Stopping along the way we tasted the Queen’s favourite chocolates in Charbonnel et Walker, sampled ginger liquor at Berry Brothers, smelled James Bond’s aftershave in Floris, and browsed books in Hatchard’s (rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bill Nighy!). I picked up a few Christmas presents on the trip, and saw parts of London I never even knew existed.
The tour lasted two hours, and with a few stops to browse and of course have an obligatory mulled wine I took 5,035 steps, burning a grand total of 217 active calories (1,219 calories in total). Check out other ways to burn off Christmas calories, including how to earn your turkey roast with the help of this infographic in the Currys blog.
Since the walk I’ve been using the Jawbone UP 24 daily, including to track my sleep, and it’s really made me more aware of how much (or little!) I move day to day. It vibrates on my wrist to remind me to move during the day at work, and even chooses an optimal time to wake me up according to my sleep cycles and within 20 minutes of my chosen alarm time. Super clever stuff.
Thanks again to Currys, the Joe Blogs blogger network, and Best LDN Walks for a fantastic festive afternoon.