07/01/2011 10:00 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Unhealthy Habits To Break

The nation and our habits are undoubtedly becoming unhealthy, but the good news is that small changes can bring big results.

Sounds too good to be true be true? Here is the evidence...

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Ironic it may be, but eating a healthy breakfast actually consumes calories.

This is because breakfast fuels the body and kickstarts the metabolism into firing from all cylinders, leading to greater calorie burn throughout the day.

So, ignore the snooze button and reach for the cereal instead.

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Why not hop off the bus a few stops early? A brisk walk to the office burns calories, fires the metabolism and prepares your brain for the day ahead.

Sacrificing ten minutes in bed for a healthy heart and mind is a deal worth making, and also adds to your green credentials.

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Cars are a wonderful thing, but so are legs.

By scrapping the car keys and walking the 15 minutes to the local shops, you can burn around 70 calories.

Coupled with the walk back laden with groceries, that's 140 calories gone, plus a workout for your heart and lungs.

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Quick and easy it may be, but relying on the elevator is not as uplifting for your health and wellbeing.

Climbing the stairs a few times a day is a worthwhile when you consider that a five minute stair climb burns around 40 calories, and provides a spontaneous cardiovascular workout.

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Bad posture can place stress on the spine and neck, which leads to aches, pains and, in the long term, damage to joints and muscles.

Take a moment to check yourself and get into the reposturing habit sooner rather than later. You'll thank yourself for it in the long run.

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Spoilsports rejoice! A few quick drinks after work a few times a week can hurt your pocket and lead to piling on the pounds.

Alternating your tipple for a less damaging choice halves the damage and is a much better habit to find yourself in.

Or you could even just be boring and go straight home instead. That housework's not going to do itself, after all.

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Big mistake! We all know that supermarkets pump delicious baking smells across their stores. This tells your tummy to instruct your brain to go wild in the aisles.

Fill your trolley when your stomach is full and temptation will be much easier to resist.

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You're hungry, tired and the kids won't finish their dinner. Cue the fork of fury and a very bad habit.

But cutting out just 250 calories per day will result in losing around two pounds every month - an easy saving to make from the leftover calorie count.

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No pain, no gain is a myth. Exercising too hard leads to injury and will more than likely put you off going again – not exactly an effective long term strategy.

Work up a sweat but pace yourself and aim for a one-hour workout, three or four times a week.

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If your luxury in life is a cleaner, you may like to think again.

Rather than giving your wallet a workout, it may be time to consider donning the Marigolds.

A mere 30 minutes of housework can use between 100 and 200 calories – a nice little burner.

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