How do daily activities like vacuuming, washing dishes, doing laundry, and cooking affect your health? In a study published in the journal BMJ, researchers examined data from over 36,000 adults in the U.S. and Europe. They tracked each person’s movements with motion sensors and then followed them for six more years to track their deaths. Not surprisingly, they found a reduced risk of death in participants who performed the most moderate to vigorous physical activity. But they did observe that all physical activity counts, regardless of intensity. Even lower-intensity activities, like doing yard work or household chores, lower your risk of death. This study comes as good news for those who can’t perform more aggressive physical exercise.
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