Want to escape Parkinson’s disease? Spending more than 6 hours per week on daily household chores might do the trick.
Daily household chores have been proved to be more useful than we would have thought by a new study which suggests that an hour spent daily doing housework, gardening or exercising might constitute a preventive measure against Parkinson’s Disease. The study puts into perspective the effect of daily physical activities on the development of Parkinson’s disease. The researchers compared people who had 2 hours weekly spent on normal and routine household chores with those who spent more than 6 hours per week. The latter had a much less risk of developing the disease.
Parkinson’s disease affects the nervous system. The chemical dopamine does not flood the brain which thereafter leads to difficulty in doing everyday activities like eating and getting dressed. The symptoms have a lot to do with muscle movement.
The researchers processed the results yielded from their experiments and found that moderate exercising is enough to provide protection against the disease. People spending only 6 hours per week, less than an hour daily, on certain routine activities were 43 % less likely to have the disease. The activities included walking to the bus stop/ train station, exercising, playing golf, gardening, or simply walking the dog.
“We found that a medium level of daily total physical activity is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. The protective effect of physical activity was further supported when we summarized all available evidence from published prospective cohort studies,” said the lead author of the study, Karin Wirdefeldt.