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Household chores are certainly not the most interesting activities to do, but new research has shown that washing dishes, cooking and gardening are enough to reduce the risk of heart disease and prevent premature death.
According to researchers at the University of California, San Diego, doing standing work (like preparing meals or doing housework) can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by 43%, reduce heart disease (43%), reduce the risk of stroke (30%) and reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 62%. Housework may not be considered a physical activity, but these results show just how beneficial it is to keep moving.
In the study, experts looked at how the women spent their day, including standing still, sitting, walking, running, or sitting in a car. Each person was given a research-grade accelerometer to get accurate measurements of time spent moving over seven days. Interestingly, those who were willing to do more household activities had lower risks.
“The study demonstrates that all movements matter for disease prevention,” said the paper’s lead author, Dr. Steve Nguyen. The evening norm. “Spending more time in the movements of daily living, which includes a wide range of activities that we all do while standing and out of our chairs, has resulted in a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease.”
Researcher Dr. Andrea LaCroix adds: “Much of the movement engaged in by older adults is associated with the tasks of daily living, but this may not be considered physical activity. Understanding the benefits of everyday movement and adding it to physical activity guidelines can encourage more movement.”
It’s time to get out your cleaning gloves…
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