Yes, it’s true, maybe reading the title or before the title of this note they will think it’s a parody or they will think we are crazy when we assure them that it is proven that uncomfortable domestic household practices, in addition to being essential for the internal order and beauty of our homes, it can also bring great benefits to physical and mental health.
New research from Sichuan University in Chengdu, China has found that performing various household cleaning activities, such as mopping the floor (sweeping or mopping), cooking and gardening, decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, even if the practice is carried out in adulthood.
The scientific study became known through the publication of the American journal Neurology, where specialists followed 501,376,000 middle-aged Britons for 11 years, using data from the United Kingdom Biobank, a medical information center and genetics.
The method involved constantly asking volunteers about their daily physical activities throughout the experiment, how often they did household chores, and whether or not they exercised. Of more than 500,000 people, only 5,185 developed dementia, and the results showed that most physical and mental activities were associated with protection against Alzheimer’s disease.
In detail, the conclusions were as follows:
· Those who frequently performed household chores were 21% less likely to develop dementia.
· Those who exercised had a 35% lower risk than sedentary participants.
· Those who often hung out with loved ones were 15% less likely to have Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our study found that doing healthy physical and mental activities more often can lower your risk of dementia. Although more research is needed to confirm this, our results are encouraging because these simple lifestyle changes can be very beneficial,” said Huan Song, senior research author and professor at Sichuan University in Chengdu.