Gardening, washing the floor or cleaning the kitchen could save your life, new research has revealed.
The report from McMaster University in Canada found that doing physical household chores five times a week for half an hour decreases your risk of death by 28 percent and that of heart disease by 20 percent.
And the more exercise you do - no matter what the nature of it is - the better off you are: if you stay active for 750 minutes a week you slash your chances of an early death by almost 40 percent, the study revealed.
The researchers are hopeful that their report will encourage people to get moving even if they do not have access to a gym.
A new study from McMaster University has found that doing household chores such as cleaning furniture, gardening or washing the floor can reduce your chances of heart disease and an early death (file photo)
For the study, researchers tracked 130,000 people for seven years. The participants were aged 35 to 70 and they were from 17 different countries.
At the start of the study, each participant provided information on their socioeconomic status, lifestyle behaviors, medical history, family history of cardiovascular disease, weight, height, waist and hip measurements and blood pressure.
They also completed a questionnaire on the types of physical activity they typically do, which the researchers used to calculate the participants' average activity levels.
The team from McMaster University found that if everyone got 150 minutes of physical activity each week, eight percent of deaths would be prevented and the rate of people with cardiovascular illness would go down almost five percent.
The researchers emphasized that it does not matter what kind of physical activity one does: their exercise could come from time spent