Want to Live Longer?

Pick up a broom. Sweep­ing, along with other house­hold chores, is a great way to burn calo­ries – you’ll tone up in no time, says

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Health - SASHA GON­ZA­LES.

Our moth­ers and grand­moth­ers did a lot of house­work in their day – far more than we do. Now, we have do­mes­tic helpers and snazzy ap­pli­ances to han­dle most of the chores for us. But that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean we’re bet­ter off – at least, not when it comes to our health.

A study pub­lished last year in sci­ence jour­nal

Plos One by a team of Univer­sity of South Carolina re­searchers found that a lack of house­work might be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in the obe­sity epi­demic, which in turn con­trib­utes to life­style dis­eases like di­a­betes and heart disease.

The study re­vealed that women to­day spend ap­prox­i­mately 13.3 hours a week on house­hold chores, com­pared with about 25.7 hours a week in 1965. That’s half what our mums and grannies used to do – and this, re­searchers say, trans­lates into burn­ing 1,857 calo­ries less a week.

Sure, we may hit the gym or go for a run ev­ery now and then, but that isn’t al­ways enough to make up the dif­fer­ence. Our life­styles are also more seden­tary com­pared with the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion’s – we sit for hours at work or in front of the tele­vi­sion – mak­ing it harder for most of us to stay in shape.

No one is sug­gest­ing that you con­fine your­self to the house, but in­cor­po­rat­ing th­ese tasks into your sched­ule a cou­ple of times a week might trim your waist­line and boost your over­all health. Think of them as car­dio chores!

TIP! When you do th­ese chores, al­ter­nate arms ev­ery five min­utes

for con­tin­u­ous move­ment and to work both sides of

the body.

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