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Housework can help maintain physical and mental health in old age

New research suggests that doing homework at home can help keep our minds and bodies healthy over time. Scientists say that as you age, physical activity has many health benefits, both physically and mentally. These include better memory functions, longer attention, and better muscle strength. At any age, any physical exertion can help reduce the risk of long-term illness, immobility, addiction, and general mortality.

Most people do not reach the recommended weekly level of physical activity

a BMJ is open According to new research published in a scientific journal, even working at home can help you stay physically active.

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Health promotion messages related to an active lifestyle may not only relate to recreational physical activity – Dr. Chiu Liang Wei from the Department of Psychiatry at the National University of Singapore explained ZME Science Online science portal. Many older adults do their homework purposefully, regardless of leisure, mobility, and other movement-related activities, but strenuous household chores have been associated with sharper memory and better fall protection in experiences with older adults.

Experts say global monitoring data shows that most people do not reach the recommended weekly level of physical activity; Especially in developed countries they do not exercise enough compared to the world average.

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As the study showed, housework is a type of physical activity that everyone does to some degree.

Accordingly, the team wanted to look at how household chores could help people age healthily and improve the physical and mental ability of older adults.
The study included 489 randomly selected adults between the ages of 21 and 90. They all lived independently in a residential city and were able to perform their daily tasks on their own. Children between the ages of 21 and 64 were in the ‘youngest’ category, while those aged 65 to 90 were in the ‘oldest’ category.

They distinguished between heavy and easy chores

In order to establish the participants’ baseline fitness, the team measured their walking speed and their standing speed from a seated position. A number of tests, including short and late memory, spatial vision, and attention span, were used to determine mental agility.

In addition, all participants were asked how often and how often they did their homework as well as other types of physical activity.

Household tasks are divided into easy and difficult activities. Light chores included household chores such as washing, dusting, using the bed, ironing, spreading clothes, or cooking. Difficulties included cleaning windows, changing linens, vacuuming, washing the floor, or painting or decorating the room.

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Both homework and exercise involve physical effort and energy use, which can be measured as the metabolic equivalent (MET) for a task. Dr. Xiu Liang Wei added. – Easy 2.5m household chores such as yoga; Heavy housework 4.0 MET as a fitness training.

The team eventually found that household chores were associated with better physical and mental performance among the older age groups. Participants in the older group who did a large amount of light and heavy homework had 8 and 5 percent higher cognitive scores, respectively, than those who performed only a small amount of these tasks. The homework also had different effects on the participants’ cognitive abilities based on their severity. For example, strenuous household chores had a 14 percent higher score on attention tasks, an 8 percent faster sitting time, and a 23 percent higher average on balance and coordination tasks. Easy home chores were associated with higher short and late memory points by 12 percent and 8 percent, respectively.

Finally, the experts also noted that since all of this is a type of observational study, it cannot be used to establish causal relationships.

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