A recent study published in PLoS One, a scientific journal, found that women aren’t doing as much housework as they used to and that is contributing to weight gain.
To be sure, there are a lot of factors that contribute to the current obesity epidemic, and housework (or lack of) may certainly be one of them. When you read the study in detail, you find that what the researchers are really saying is that people today, not just women, engage in fewer calorie-burning activities in general.
They found that in 1965, women spent about 26 hours a week cleaning, cooking and doing laundry. By 2010, that number had dropped to just 13 hours a week. These are all activities that burn a lot of calories. Vacuuming, for example, is estimated to burn more than 225 calories per hour. Scrubbing a bathroom burns almost 400 calories per hour. Compare that to walking or swimming. You can burn the same 400 calories in a little less than an hour of brisk walking or moderate swimming.
Most people would consider walking or swimming for 45-60 minutes to be a pretty good workout. But, most people don’t think of housework as exercise. It is!
The lesson here is that you can burn a lot of calories around the house, without paying for special equipment of joining a gym. And, this works just as well for men and women.
As an added benefit, a cleaner house tends to reduce allergens in the air, along with bacteria and germs on surfaces. This helps minimize the effect of allergies and reduce the chances that you will get sick.
So, think about spending some time cleaning your house instead of watching TV or surfing the internet. You will be the healthier for it!
Remember, healthy choices each day can transform your family for generations! What choices will you make today?
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