There’s a bright side to dreary chores, after all! Tracking 130,000 people in 17 countries, both rich and poor, a study found that whether it’s going to the gym, walking to work, or tackling household chores like laundry or gardening, being physically active extends life and reduces illness.
The study “confirms on a global scale that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease”, the authors said in a press statement. This was irrespective of which country the study participants came from, the type of activity, or whether it was undertaken for leisure or as part of daily transport or housework.
The study included participants aged 35 to 70 from urban and rural areas in rich and poor nations. They were followed over nearly seven years. The researchers noted how many suffered heart attacks, stroke or heart failure, among other diseases, and compared these figures to the individuals’ physical activity levels. “Of the 106,970 people who met the activity guidelines, 3.8% developed cardiovascular disease, compared to 5.1% of people who did not,” said the authors.