A study from the National Institutes of Health shows that people who live in homes built before 1973 walk far more than people who live in homes built after 1973. Many older homes lack conveniences that help you do less work. This study shows that most people do not chose to exercise. They exercise because they have to, rather than because they like it.
Lack of exercise increases your risk for heart attacks, obesity, strokes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancers. So, if you live an older home, be glad that it may force you to walk more, but don't let this information deter you from an additional exercise program. Walking is hardly an intense exercise and your level of fitness is determined more by how intensely you exercise, than by how long you exercise.
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