Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden analyzed the levels of physical activity in 1,200 participants over a 15-year period. During that time, it became clear that exercise in general can provide plenty of heart-boosting benefits, but low-intensity, mundane daily tasks can as well, simply because you're not being as sedentary.
It's clear that exercise can provide plenty of heart-boosting benefits, but so can the low-intensity, mundane daily tasks, simply because you're not being as sedentary.
According to what study author Ing-Mari Dohrn, PhD, said in a press release, a past study showed sitting for more than 10 hours a day could lead to a 2.5 times higher risk of early death than those who sit for less than 6.5 hours a day. That's why it's so important to take the very little time required to change those stats around.
On top of the benefits that come with doing a half-hour of household chores, researchers also found that just 10 minutes of higher-intensity training reduced the risk of death from heart disease by 38 percent and 30 minutes decreased it by a whopping 77 percent.
While wider research is needed in order to draw a direct correlation between the indicators, physical activity and low-intensity movement certainly won't hurt your heart. And, bonus, you'll check off some things from your to-do list in the process.
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