Research from the British Heart Foundation shows that regular to moderate physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day can have a positive influence on our health. Finding the time to exercise doesn't have to mean a trip to the gym, why not try some vigorous housework.

You can have a spotless, well-groomed house and boost your activity levels at the same time. So see housekeeping as a means of keeping your heart healthy, not as the tedious necessity we all know it as.

Our top five most energetic house jobs:

  • Gardening
  • Hoovering
  • Mopping the floors
  • Dusting
  • Polishing