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
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