A brisk walk significantly cuts risk of death in older women

But the same cannot be said for light activity such as shopping or housework

Physical activity such as regular brisk walking could lead to a big drop in the risk of death in older women from any cause.

old woman with walker

A large four-year study shows moderate to vigorous intensity physical activity is associated with a 60-70% lower risk of death at the end of the study period among the most active women compared with the least active.

Light intensity activity (such as housework, slow walking and shopping) showed no mortality benefits, although this doesn't mean it isn’t beneficial for other health