People rarely appreciate individuals doing household chores. Even if such individuals don’t find gratitude from others, they can be happy with the fact that doing household chores help reduce risk of death by 28% and that of heart disease by 20%.
Washing machines and dishwashers have replaced manual washing of clothes and cleaning of utensils, the mixer grinder has replaced the manual grinding of foods using a roller stone, hand pounded rice is replaced by different other rice types and we use technology in every small way possible to reduce workload. But, how many of us realize that our ancestors had designed such tools with the main aim of activating the entire human body from head to toe?
Your goal should be to refrain from being a couch potato and move more. Almost 1 in 4 people worldwide don’t even get their share of 30 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days a week. One study on older women also proves that individuals who get less than 40 minutes of physical activity daily and had more than 10 hours of sedentary behavior contained cells that were eight years biologically older than their active counterparts.
There are studies that also prove that older women, above the age of 65, who engage in physical activity have decreased mortality rates. Even simply moving your body to pick the mail from the mailbox, taking a stroll around the neighborhood, folding clothes and straightening the house helps improve our health. But what most of us do is request for help from our parents, bribe our siblings or above all, forego the activity altogether to avoid getting up and moving our body. What we don’t realize here is that such simple activities account for more than 55% of how older individuals get their daily share of physical activity.
What many individuals fail to understand is the fact that we need not run marathons to stay healthy but move our body and stay active to defer death. Whether you walk, scrub the floor, vacuum your house, do gardening or run to the gym to workout, the positive effects remain the same immaterial of the activity performed. If you want help with a healthy diet plan alongside these physical activities, it is best to get in touch with nutritionists/dietitians at www.firsteatright.com.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.