Performing Routine Activities Can Significantly Benefit Cardiovascular Health among Senior Women

New research has found that senior women who perform routine activities including housework, gardening, cooking, and self-care activities such as showering can significantly benefit cardiovascular health. This new information shows how running or brisk walking is not the only way to reduce the risk of heart disease.

As part of the Women’s Health Initiative Objective Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health study, researchers analyzed the physical activity of 5,416 American women aged 63 to 97 who did not have heart disease at the beginning of the study.


All participants wore a research-grade accelerometer for seven days to measure how much time they spent moving and the types of common daily life behaviours that resulted in movement. These common daily activities are often not included in studies of physical activity. Previous studies have typically only focused on the intensity and duration of activities such as running and brisk walking.

At the end of the study, 616 women were diagnosed with cardiovascular disease, 268 with coronary heart disease, 253 had a stroke, and 331 died of cardiovascular disease. These outcomes were able to show that compared to women with less than two hours per day of daily life movement, those who had at least four hours of daily life movement had a 43% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, 43% lower risk of coronary heart disease, 30% lower risk of stroke, and a 62% lower risk of cardiovascular disease death.

This study helps to outline the importance of movement towards disease prevention. Spending more time in daily life movement, which includes a wide range of activities such as housework and gardening, can lower cardiovascular disease risk.

The Leading Cause of Death

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among women and men in the United States. These rates are highest in adults aged 65 and older, so it is vital that seniors understand the healthy lifestyle behaviours that can help reduce the risk.

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Author Bio

Sarah began her interest in nutritional healing at an early age. After going through health problems and becoming frustrated with the conventional ways doctors wanted to treat her illness (which were not working), she took it upon herself to find alternative treatments. This led her to revolutionize her own diet to help her get healthier and tackle her health problems. She began treating her illness by living a more balanced lifestyle through healthy food choices, exercise and other alternative medicine such as meditation. This total positive lifestyle change led her to earn a diploma in Nutritional Therapy from Health Sciences Academy in London, England. Today, Sarah enjoys helping others by teaching healthy lifestyle changes through her personal consultations and with her regular contributions to the Doctors Health Press. Also, passionate about following her dreams in life, Sarah moved to France and lived in Paris for over 5 years where she earned a certification in beadwork and embroidery from Lesage (an atelier owned by Chanel). She then went on to be a familiar face sitting front row and reporting from Paris Fashion Week. Sarah continues to practice some of the cultural ways of life she learned while in Europe. They enjoy their food, and take the time to relax and enjoy many of life’s little moments. These are life lessons she is glad to have brought back home with her.