There's more to housework than just keeping your home clean.
As it turns out, housework may benefit your physical health
in a variety of ways ... excellent motivation to tidy up!
Roll up those sleeves and grab a sponge, housework
may prevent breast and bowel cancers while providing
many of the benefits of aerobic exercise.
Housework May Fight Breast Cancer
A study of more than 200,000 women, published in the journal
Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, found that
the physical activity associated with doing housework protected
against cancer -- even more so than playing a sport or having
a physical job.
The women in the study spent an average of 16 to 17 hours
a week doing cooking, cleaning and laundry. The housework
reduced breast cancer risk by 30 percent among pre-menopausal
women and 20 percent among post-menopausal women.
"We already know that women who keep a healthy weight
are less likely to develop breast cancer. This study suggests
that being physically active may also help reduce the risk
and that something as simple and cheap as doing the housework
can help," said Dr. Lesley Walker of Cancer Research
UK, which funded the study.
In fact, the results were so positive that the researchers
suggested moderate forms of physical activity, including housework,
may be better than less frequent, but more intense, physical
activity for reducing breast cancer risk.
Vigorous Household Cleaning May Help Prevent Bowel Cancer
Research has also uncovered that vigorous housework -- about
an hour's worth a day -- may reduce the risk of certain types
of bowel cancer. The study of 413,000 people found that those
who were physically active had a 22 percent reduced risk of
developing colon cancer.
Further, those who were most active were able to reduce the
risk of tumors on the right side of the colon by 35 percent,
while those who were very active and had a healthy weight
reduced the risk even further.
"This is a very large study which should remove any
doubt about the benefits of exercise in relation to reducing
the risk of bowel cancer. It is important for people to understand
that they can take steps in their daily routine to reduce
cancer risk. You don't need to join a gym to get the benefit
of exercise ... Cleaning windows, vacuuming and scrubbing
floors burn off a lot of calories. So does gardening or cleaning
the car," Dr. Walker said.
Housework May be a Beneficial Form of Exercise
For those who do housework regularly, the physical activity
can add up to major benefits (more so than hitting the gym
once or twice a year). Just some of the benefits you can expect
to receive from regular aerobic exercise include:
Reduced risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
mprovement in cholesterol levels
Reduced risk of stroke
Reduced risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes
A strengthened immune system to ward off viral illnesses
"You can ... benefit from time spent doing routine
aerobic activities such as gardening or housework," according
to the Mayo Clinic.
And although housework may not seem like your typical aerobic
activity, experts are finding that a little bit of activity,
such as five hours of housework a week, may go a long way.
A study published in the Journal of Medical Science and Exercise
found that most of the benefits of exercise occur with the
activity it takes to burn 1,000 calories a week. Such activity
is enough to reduce the risk of dying by 20 percent to 30
"All the evidence shows it doesn't take that much,"
says Tim Church, medical director for the Cooper Institute
Get the Benefits of Housework Without the Risks
While the physical activity of housework is quite healthy,
breathing in chemical household cleaners is not. Cleaning
products contain toxins including volatile
organic compounds (VOCs), petroleum distillate, alkylphenols,
and more. These chemical solvents have been linked to everything
from cancer to reproductive problems to organ damage.
While housework is good for your body, chemical cleaners
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clean as possible is essential to keeping toxin levels down.
But just using ordinary cleaning rags will only push dirt
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Organic Compounds: The Health Dangers of VOCs, Where They
are Hiding & How to Avoid Them
Your Endocrine System is Being Harmed by the Top 5 Home Toxins
Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention Vol. 15, 2398-2407,
Health and Fitness
News Today December 29, 2006
News December 29, 2006