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5 Health Benefits of Cleaning

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5 Health Benefits of Cleaning

By Amber Hopman, DivineCaroline

Cleaning is undoubtedly one of the most annoying chores on our to-do list, but a new study shows that it might just be worth that extra effort. An online issue of Neurology revealed that physical activity—including something as mundane as cleaning or washing the dishes—can reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Although this doesn’t mean you’re in the clear entirely, cleaning your home on a regular basis can lessen your chances of getting it, even in people over the age of 80.

This isn’t the only health perk of cleaning. Busting out that vacuum cleaner can also help you drop those extra pounds or make that stress melt away. With all these health benefits, why wouldn’t you want to clean every week (or even every day)?

It Burns Calories
Although it might not seem like too much of a workout, cleaning is one of many unlikely calorie melters. You can burn an average of 205 calories an hour during a cleaning frenzy—even more if you’re really moving (think cleaning out the gutters). Check out the top calorie-burning chores to make sure you maximize your “workout” potential.

It Reduces Stress
We all love the feeling of a clean, clutter-free home, and that finished product, as well as the process itself, can reduce anxiety levels. In 2008, an article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine stated that twenty minutes of activity—including housework—cuts anxiety and stress by as much as 20 percent. After all, if you know where to find your car keys, for instance, you can completely bypass that frantic and stressful search right before work.

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5:13PM PDT on May 13, 2014

This is a really interesting perspective. I thought this article was going to be more along the lines of how a clean house is a healthier home. But especially in our generation it is sometimes a good reminder that plain old getting up and "moving" is sometimes that piece of the "health pie" we have been missing. My company does window cleaning southlake and sometimes just doing the "chore" and getting in the zone of washing windows can be a stress relief.

7:53AM PDT on Aug 26, 2013

http://gocleanerslondon.co.uk/domestic-cleaning/south-london/richmond/

2:33PM PDT on Oct 3, 2012

i love to clean

12:00AM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Sometimes I love cleaning and can really get into it but at other times ----well it's just a drag.

8:21AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Household Tips-We would all like to view our homes as sanctuaries or heavens of rest and safety. Ironically it is the opposite. It is often one of the most hazardous places we spend time. The vast majority of products on the market designed to clean our homes,our cloths, our bodies and even our yards are among some of the most toxic substances legally produced. But there is great news ! Most of these products can be replaced with water...not just any water, but the highest quality ionized water ! Brenda Penn, www.Water-4-All.com

4:52AM PDT on Aug 13, 2012

I know all this--so why aren't I cleaning right now???

11:14AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Regular cleaning will do.

11:58PM PDT on Aug 8, 2012

that's it, i'm cleaning tomorrow!!!

7:55PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Cleaning up is something that makes me feel better. Wish I could do more. But I do get help and that is cool.

3:27PM PDT on Aug 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing!

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