CNN ran a story about a scientific study performed at the University of California San Diego, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, that measured the physical activity of over 5,400 women between the ages of 63 to 97.
Conclusion of the study: "some older women could get a health benefit from chores like washing dishes and cooking."
The scientists "found that women who performed routine activities like housework, cooking and gardening saw a reduced risk of heart disease." and "self-care activities like showering can also be significantly beneficial for seniorsâ€™ cardiovascular health."
Are they implying that there's a whole slew of older women out there with heart disease caused by NOT doing dishes and avoiding cooking by eating cold cereal? Does loading a dishwasher count as dish washing?
"Oh, if only those lazy women would wash a plate once in awhile, their blood pressure would be lower."
What about older men? Washing dishes doesn't give older men a health benefit?