Suara.com – Exercise can improve your health as you age, but you don’t need to run a marathon or lift weights to reap the benefits.
Even simple daily activities can be a substitute for exercise to reduce the risk of heart disease by up to two-thirds.
Experts at the University of California at San Diego found that simply doing housework could protect the hearts of older women, compared to just sitting on the couch all day.
They say that washing dishes or vacuuming contribute to daily activities.
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In this study, doing light activities for 4 hours each day, such as housework, gardening, cooking, and bathing reduced heart risk.
People who do this have a lower risk of heart disease or stroke, when compared to those who work less than 2 hours.
Dr Steve Nguyen, from the University of California at San Diego, said all body movement was important to prevent disease.
“Spending more time moving your body or other activities of daily living, which include standing up to sneezing and cleaning, can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease,” said Dr Steve. The Sun.
The study involved 5,400 American women over the age of 63 who use gadgets to track their daily movements.
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The NHS says people over 65 should try to get 2.5 hours of moderate exercise each week, such as walking, water aerobics or double tennis.
But, longer periods of easier exercise still have merit in the California study.
In women who spent four hours per day doing housework, the risk of dying from heart disease fell by 62 percent and the risk of stroke fell by a third.
Scientists in the Journal of the American Heart Association found women who were more active were also 43 percent less likely to develop heart or artery disease.