You don’t have to go to a gym to live a healthy lifestyle, you can work out while you vacuum. Recent research has concluded that even a mild amount of effort can improve one’s health and add years to one’s life. All you need as a minimum is 2.5 hours a week of being active. Being active can include chores around your house, going for a walk, or anything that gets your blood pumping from exertion. Obviously, gyms and working out more than 2.5 hours a week can greatly improve your health more than just vacuuming.
â€œI would dispel the notion of having to put out money to be active,â€ said Dr. Scott Lear, the study lead author and a professor at Simon Fraser Universityâ€™s Faculty of Health Sciences in Canada, in an email. â€œOur findings indicate that nonrecreational activity â€” work, housework, active transportation â€” is just as beneficial in reducing the risk for premature death and heart disease.â€
So, yes, even vacuuming your house or walking on your lunch hour for a solid 30 minutes can help avert an early death and chronic disease.