Better Health Report: Housework Counts as Exercise

Do you think if you don’t belong to a gym or have a work out daily that you’re unfit?

Well believe it or not, a little housework is good for you and can help you live longer.

Researchers from the University of Buffalo in New York found that simple daily activities like doing the dishes or folding laundry may help older women live longer.

As I always say, "Doing something is better than nothing” and so does the lead author of the study Michael LaMonte. His study looked at more than 6,000 women, ages 63 to 99, in the United States. Women who had 30 minutes of light physical activity a day had a 12 percent lower risk of death than inactive women.

Light physical activities were things like folding clothes, sweeping or washing windows. I always like to include vacuuming and going up and down the stairs.

They found that risk of death was lowered even more, by 39 percent, among women who did 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day, which included things like brisk walking or leisurely bicycling.

Don’t think, oh good, I’ll just wait until I’m old and then I’ll stay active. The researchers say it’s important to start when you’re younger, so you develop good habits that follow you into old age.

 This is Joan Trimble wishing you wellness.


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