“Running on Christmas Day has the same physiological effects as running on any other day of the year, but for many people, running is a habit acquired over an extended period of time,” says running expert Nick Pearson. “Allowing yourself to miss a week or two because of other commitments can break that habit, making it tough to get started again.
“There are certainly psychological benefits to running on Christmas Day. On a day that can be stressful, going for a run can give you some ‘me’ time away from from screaming children or visiting in-laws.
“Stepping out with your running shoes can also help you feel better about yourself and enjoy the day more. On a day of extreme indulgence, burning some calories and fitting in your run can allow you to tuck into that extra portion of Christmas pudding or cheeseboard, guilt-free.
“Finally, the endorphins released after going for a run can come in useful on Christmas Day – if ever there was a day that could benefit from an added energy boost, it’s 25 December. Running can also energise you, helping to avoid the commonplace early evening lethargy and snooze.”