Housework Great Exercise

Housework Great Exercise

Can vacuuming, washing windows, and pushing a baby stroller be classed as healthy exercise? The answer is yes, according to a recent study conducted at the University of Queensland, Australia. Researchers fitted seven mothers who had children under five years of age with gas analyzers to measure their oxygen intake during their daily routine, explains a report in The Canberra Times. According to the researchers, “the findings suggest that some of the tasks associated with domestic caring duties are conducted at an intensity which is sufficient to confer some health benefit.” Professor Wendy Brown found that “the women’s housework was roughly equivalent to moderate intensity exercise such as brisk walking, cycling or swimming,” notes the report. “This is only preliminary research,” said Brown, “but clearly you can’t label women as inactive when they’re on their feet all day.”

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