Well wouldn't you know — a little retail therapy really does do a body good, according to a study that was recently published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
A low-impact physical activity like shopping improves heart health as well as balance and coordination in the elderly, says Kelly D. Horton, a research and policy specialist at the Center for Healthy Aging in Washington DC. She told HealthDay:
"Shopping provides an enjoyable activity and helps older adults feel included in their community. In addition to physical activity, frequent shopping among older adults has also been related to improved nutrition intake."
According to the results from the study, men seemed to benefit more than women, with the men who went shopping once a day being less likely to die by 28 percent. Compared to formal exercise, researchers said that shopping is an easy way for elderly people to get leisurely physical activity.
Other experts warn to take these findings with a grain of salt, although I must admit that getting out of the house and doing some shopping can be good for anyone — young or old. Pros of shopping include being outside, engaging with people, walking around, and critically thinking. Positive benefits all around, just don't spend too much money. Bring on the retail therapy!