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WIN 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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S weeping and dusting, folding and scrubbing: it takes a fair bit of elbow grease to keep a home clean and tidy. And while household tasks such as these may not make your short list of favorite things (to put it kindly), new research from the University of Buffalo in New York puts a positive spin on these jejune jobs. A study involving 6,000 women between the ages of 63 and 99 revealed that those who completed 30 minutes of light physical activity every day (this included folding clothes, washing windows, and sweeping the floor) had a 12 percent lower risk of death than inactive women. As expected, women who performed half an hour of moderate to vigorous activity daily (think brisk walking or light biking) had an even smaller risk of death—39 percent lower than participants who were inactive— however, the findings show that even a little movement around the house can yield major dividends. So next time you face a pile of laundry or mud-covered floor, be mindful that that very chore is helping your health. A new study shows a big-time benefit of those everyday chores h o u s e c a l l s { winter 2018 } 15 Hate Doing Housework? According to Reader's Digest, sweeping and mopping both burn roughly 120 calories per half hour ; mowing the lawn with a push-mower can torch 162 calories in 30 minutes ; and even cooking can burn off 75 calories in half an hour .

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