It’s easy to think you’re just being lazy by putting off house cleaning duties. But, according to research if your house is dirty it could be a sign you’re not in good physical shape.
A new study conducted by physical activity expert NiCole Keith at Indiana University, found active adults are simply more likely to expend energy sweeping, mopping, dusting, washing dishes, doing laundry and tackling home repairs. All which in themselves, qualify them as being physically fit.
The study also suggested that housework and exercise are motivated by the same personality characteristic: self-regulation, and the ability to behave in accordance with future goals, regardless of your current emotions or circumstances.
Keith notes that her study is one of the few to focus on exercise in older African Americans, a population that is disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease and its risk factors – and yet is traditionally underrepresented in studies of physical activity, which is a crucial prevention measure for heart disease.