Bonus: you won't spend your morning commute sandwiched in-between 500 people if you walk, either

Londoners love few things more than having a good whinge about the capital's Tube system. 

 

Well, a doctor's gone ahead and made a Tube map showing how many calories you would burn if you walked between the city's Tube stops instead of going underground.

 

Sounds like a good excuse to stop complaining and start moving.

 

Dr Wayne Osborne of treated.com found that in central London, it's usually a 10-15 minute walk from one Tube stop to the next, which will burn around 40-60 calories. Taking a stroll down Regent Street from Oxford Circus to Piccadilly Circus will use up 46 calories, for example.

 

Other benefits? Not having to queue for a train, avoiding the sweat and smells on a hot day and a free workout whenever you want it.


"In the outer regions of the city, the Tube makes a big difference to travel times. But it’s when you get deeper into the centre that the difference between getting the Tube and walking or jogging, in terms of time, starts to significantly narrow," said Dr Osborne.

 

In the north-east of London, walking from Theydon Bois to Epping would burn a whopping 215 calories, while a stroll from Kew Gardens to Richmond in the south-west would use up 108 calories.

 

"If you want an economical way to get in shape, and lower your risk of serious illness, then hopping off the Tube one or two stops early and walking the rest of the way is a great way to keep fit and burn off some extra calories, and it isn’t going to bite that much more into your day than getting the Tube normally would," said Dr Osborne.

 

This info is handy to jot down before the next Tube strike hits. 

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Photo: treated.com

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