No more excuses for not doing the dishes — a study has shown that housework is good for you.
Tasks such as gardening and childcare were found to have the biggest positive effects, bringing similar benefits to leisure activities.
The study was carried out by scientists at the Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology in Germany, and surveyed more than 35,000 elderly people in Europe and the US.
It found that women did an average of five hours of chores a day, while men only did three.
Men spent a lot less time cooking, cleaning and shopping, focusing on gardening and maintenance tasks.
The research found that retired people who carried out more chores reported better health due to the physical exertion and repetition involved — provided they didn’t overwork themselves.