No, it’s not a Lazyboy. As a matter of fact, researchers at the University College London say it pays to stay on your feet:
- The researchers tracked almost 20,000 people for a period of eight years. The participants reported on their daily activities and their mental health, but the researchers didn’t just track sports and exercise. They also included things like housework, home repairs and gardening.
- Here’s the good news - People who got as little as 20 minutes a week of physical activity were less likely to report feeling stressed.
- As you might have guessed, the more exercise the participants got, the better they felt. That was true regardless of age, gender, weight and other health factors. Even the lighter activities, like housework and gardening, helped reduce stress.
What’s this mean to you? Daily activity is vital to staying on an even keel, but if you don’t have time to hit the gym – don’t worry. You can pull weeds in your garden or vacuum behind the furniture. You’ll look better, feel better - and get a few chores done!