Friday, September 22, 2017

Okay, ladies, grab your mops

I've never had a gym membership. I don't see the point of getting in a car and driving somewhere to pay money to exercise. I'd rather go outside and split and stack firewood.

DeWitt Wallace, who founded The Reader's Digest, was baffled when the jogging craze hit the country in the 70s. Why would someone go outside and run nowhere? For exercise, he built roads on his estate, something practical.

This attitude has just been confirmed.
Vacuuming and scrubbing the floor are both enough exercise to protect your heart and extend your life, a global study has shown. 
Scientists found that 30 minutes of activity per day, or 150 minutes per week, reduced the risk of death from any cause by 28 per cent and rates of heart disease by a fifth.
Although most of my chores are outdoors, I don't mind cleaning the toilets. I'm guessing that most of the positions I get into to do that would rival those in yoga. One of the reasons I think gardening is so good for you is that you are constantly in some kind of yoga-like position.

More from the study:
Of the more than 130,000 people from 17 countries who took part in the international study, fewer than 3 per cent who achieved high levels of activity did so through leisure pursuits. In contrast almost 40 per cent of highly active participants benefited from commuting, having a physical job, or domestic chores.
So get out there and clean those toilets! Well, get in there.

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