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Walking faster and not so far may be all you need to keep healthy.
The accepted goal of 10,000 steps a day might not be so necessary.
Walking 3,000 steps at a brisk pace and then even 4,000 more at a slower one could be just what you need.
Cocoa before bed might be more than a comforting, warming drink.
Cocoa flavanols improve cardiovascular function and so lessen the burden on the heart that comes with ageing and stiffening of the arteries.
The flavanols also reduce the risk of developing heart disease, the world’s number one killer.
Not all alcohol is bad, drinking in moderation can have heart benefits.
Up to seven drinks a week in early to middle age has been associated with a 20pc cut in the risk for men developing heart failure and a 16pc reduction for women.