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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