- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 22, 2019

Completing household chores an hour each day can halve the risk of ‘early death’, new research suggests.

A study run by the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences found doing an hour’s worth of small chores around the house a day can lower the odds of an early death by half.

Researchers say an hour of light activity like cleaning, cooking or dusting — or five minutes of moderate activity like vacuuming, mowing the lawn or taking a brisk walk — slices your chances of an early death.

“It has previously been widely assumed more is better in terms of physical activity for health. However, this study suggests health may be optimized with just 24 minutes per day of brisk walking or other forms of moderate-intensity physical activity,” says study co-author Professor Tom Yates, of the University of Leicester, reported the Daily Mail.

The study was conducted by the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, monitoring 36,000 participants over 40 years of age for at least six years on average. About 6% of the participants (2,149) passed away during the study.

The participants wore health monitors and were divided into four groups based on their physical activity.

The study found the second-least active group — who mainly did 60 minutes of light activity and five minutes of moderate activity —were 52% less likely to die early.

Additionally, the second-most active group reduced the risk of death by 66% while the most active reduced it by 73%.

“Doing something is better than doing nothing,” Dr. Charlotte Edwardson, of the University of Leicester and a co-author, said.

“So if you’re someone who doesn’t achieve the recommended levels of moderate-intensity physical activity, then doing more light activity, for example, pottering around more at work or at home and just generally being on your feet more, will still be beneficial,” she added.

The study also found sitting for nine and a half hours a day increases your risk of death by double.

The recommended amount of moderate exercise a day by the World Health Organization is 150 minutes.

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