Housework Helps Both Heart and Mind - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/15/09

Housework Helps Both Heart and Mind

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We've heard that housework can be included when counting the exercise minutes we all need for a healthy heart. But it turns out, housework may be good for the mind as well.

A study at Indiana University finds even low levels of exercise in everyday activities like housework or gardening can be beneficial to people with mental illness.

Researchers say those activities can improve the mood of people with bipolar disorder or depression. And they suggest that therapists and doctors may consider making low intensity movement a regular part of psychiatric rehabilitation.

This study was published in the International Journal of Social Psychiatry. Click here for more information.

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