RESEARCHER’S STATE: No matter how much housework you do — do more! Not only will you clean your home, but you’ll burn more calories, ward off some cancers, even move closer to spiritual enlightenment.
A study of 200,000 women in nine European countries found that housecleaning between 15 and 17 hours a week, a little more than 2 hours per day cut breast cancer risk by 30% among pre-menopausal women and 20% among post-menopausal women.An Indiana University professor showed that 4 hours of work in and around the house helped hypertensive and pre-hypertensive patients lower their blood pressure, in some cases to normal levels.As little as 20 minutes per day of vigorous housework can cut stress by as much as 20%, according to a University College London survey.
These studies is changing attitudes towards sweeping and scrubbing. Look at them as calorie burners. Here’s what an hour of housework burns:
Vacuuming and mopping: 194 calories
Dusting: 174 calories
Washing windows: 180 calories
Ironing: 113 calories
A British study found that women’s waistlines have expanded 6 inches over the past 60 years because they don’t clean their homes as long and hard as 1950s housewives, who burned up to 1,000 calories a day by doing housework without today’s modern machines.
There you have it, scientist have justified our place in the home by convincing us it a way to stay skinny. Are you buying it? LOL. (Houselogic 3/13)
What do Tom Benson, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have in common? All were named to Forbes’ new list of the world’s billionaires, unveiled Monday. The New Orleans Saints and Hornets/Pelicans owner is listed with a net worth of $1.2 billion.
Benson is the only Louisianan to make the Forbes list, ranking 377th among Americans and 1,175th overall. In September, the magazine and its web site also named Benson to their 400 Richest Americans list.
While mentioning his other local business holdings and philanthropic efforts, the new Forbes profile focuses in on the fact that Benson, 85, expanded his empire in 2012 by purchasing the city’s NBA franchise for $338 million.
“As he did with the Saints, Benson will try to turn the moribund franchise around. He has already changed the team’s name to the more regionally-appropriate Pelicans,” Forbes said.