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Shopping can help you shed that extra pound

health-and-fitness Updated: Aug 07, 2008 00:57 IST

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Ladies, you have yet another excuse to dig a hole into your husband’s pocket to go on a shopping spree.

A new study has revealed that women can shed as many calories while shopping as in a gym session.

According to the study, an average female shopper will walk 3.5 km while choosing their purchases — and if she makes five trips every month, then she will have walked 16.2 km, or rather 195 km a year.

As walking a mile burns off an average of 100 calories, women will work off more than 200 calories on every shopping trip — or 12,120 every year.

“Not only is shopping fun but there is now proof that it really is good for you. Visiting the shops might not seem like a workout but this research proves that it can have the same effect as a trip to the gym.

“Most women love shopping and you can now get fit and shed the pounds while doing something you really enjoy,” The Daily Telegraph quoted Ian Cox of Golden Square Marketing, which commissioned the study, as saying.

For their study, researchers questioned 2,000 Britons — 39 per cent of women said they believed a serious shopping excursion demands the same sort of physical energy as required for a gym workout.

Men, however, tend to be less committed to the high-street, with their trips shorter and less frequent, only burning off 8,928 calories a year — or 744 a month.

The study also found that Britons will browse through an average of 25 shops every month, or 300 a year, meaning they will make their way through over 18,000 stores in their lifetime.

It also found shoppers on average spend £72 on each trip, adding up to a total of over £4,000 a year, with clothes the biggest component.