5 Ways Housework May Affect Your Health

Allison Bush | Oct 16, 2013

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Housework may be more than a necessary, but mindless activity. Learn how simple chores may affect your health.

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It may help you keep off weight

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According to a recent study in PLoS ONE, the increasing rates of women who are obese may be linked to the fact that women are performing fewer household chores and sitting more.

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It may mean less sex for men

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Research reported in the journal _American Sociological Review _suggests husbands who help out with household chores have less sex than men in so-called “traditional” marriages where housework is done exclusively by the wife.

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It may contribute to marital bliss

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New research from the Journal of Family Issues concludes that husbands and wives who do chores together have a higher rate of marital satisfaction than couples who strive for exact equality when it comes to splitting up chores.

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It can help you live longer

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recent study suggests that physical activity, even at a modest level (such as washing dishes) can increase life expectancy.

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Your career choice may define how much housework you do

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New research by University of Notre Dame sociologist Elizabeth McClintock shows that when married or cohabiting men are employed in heavily female occupations – such as teaching, childcare work, or nursing -they spend more time doing housework than other men.