DOES HOUSEWORK COUNT AS EXERCISE? I DO LOADS OF THAT! Sylvie, Brighton
Yes! Scrubbing the floor, cleaning the toilets and pushing a hoover around is as good as going to the gym. The aim is to try to do 150 minutes of moderate activity each week to cut your risk of heart disease or stroke. Nobody wants to do that much housework, and the healthiest people combine exercise from daily chores with walking or cycling outdoors, or playing sport. And a recent, very large, study found that it didn’t matter what exercise or activity you were doing, if it made you sweaty and a bit breathless, it was doing you some good. And yes, that includes sex and masturbation!