If you want to stay healthy but don’t have time to go out and exercise, there are easier ways to keep your body fit right in your home, state researchers. What is even better is the fact that you can do it while you’re also taking care of your house. Researchers found that doing household chores, such as vacuuming or cleaning the floor, are enough exercise to maintain the well-being of your heart and increase your life expectancy.
Household chores can keep your heart healthy
Researchers recommend 30 minutes of physical activity every day to keep you in good health. However, you don’t necessarily have to go out running, swimming, or doing sports, as any kind of movement counts. Therefore, if you’re a busy one, you can benefit just fine from engaging in household chores.
For the study, researchers interviewed over 130,000 people coming from 17 countries. Many of them engaged in physical activity every day, but quite a few of them did so in their free time. However, 40 percent of those who were extremely active had a job which required them to be or to commute, or performed household chores often.
Being active every day for 30 minutes can significantly reduce the death risk
Not all countries who were part of the study had high-income inhabitants, but people still had good levels of physical activity per day. Therefore, researchers realized commuting or doing housework is as good as any sport.
They managed to make some predictions based on the levels of activity necessary for people to be healthy. If everybody spent 150 minutes every week on walking instead of being sedentary, we would manage to prevent around eight percent of global deaths.
Therefore, if you are too busy to go to the gym, or just take brisk walks outside, there’s no need to worry. People can still get their daily dose of exercise by walking to work or doing the regular household chores. Every minute spent being active is important, and we should always keep that in mind.
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