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    Housework Doesn’t Pay Off in the Weight Department

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    Keeping a sparkling house may be a lot of work, but according to a recent study, it doesn’t do much for the waistline.

    Keeping a sparkling house may be a lot of work, but according to a recent study, it doesn’t do much for the waistline.

    After studying the domestic chore and exercise habits of nearly 5 thousand people, the researchers concluded that cleaning tasks only feel like a workout.

    As they tend to employ small, otherwise underused muscle groups there is often enough soreness to make one believe they’ve really exerted themselves.

    Unfortunately, vacuuming, mopping, and window cleaning don’t do much in the way of raising one’s metabolism.

    The result is that people who see those activities as being workout enough, and therefore skip the real thing, tend to pack on the pounds.

    They also tend to help themselves to extra calories, believing that their activities have warranted a splurge.

    According to a cardiac nurse, for an activity to count as the kind of exercise that fulfills the 150-minute per week recommended amount, certain physical responses need to be present.

    Among them are breathing harder, achieving an elevated heart rate, and generating more heat.

    If housework isn’t doing all three of those things, people are advised to add more strenuous activities to their daily routines.