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5 reasons to love winter days

Yes, winter brings with it miserable grey days and colds and flu, but it does have its perks too! Click here for 5 of them:

1. Cold feet: taking a brisk walk in winter burns more kilojoules because the body works harder to keep warm.

2. Fruits of the season: oranges give you a vitamin-C boost, and one orange has as much fibre as a bowl of cereal, without any added sugar.

3. Sleep in: not getting enough sleep can weaken your immune system and increase your risk of getting flu or catching a cold, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US.

4. Health by hot chocolate: warm and protect your heart with cocoa, which helps to protect against heart disease, say Japanese scientists.

5. Protect your skin: the colder temperatures can quickly put out that summer glow, so make sure you take extra care to moisturise – it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in some extra pampering.

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