Can Shopping Lengthen Your Life?

Shopoholics have a new excuse: Daily shopping could add years to your life—at least if you’re over 65, suggest Taiwanese researchers.

Their study of nearly 2,000 elderly men and women who still lived in their own homes found that regular shoppers lived longer than those who shopped just once a week or less, even after adjusting for physical limitations and cognitive decline.

And despite the stereotypical male aversion to shopping, they may benefit even more than women. Men who headed for the shops every day reduced their chances of dying by 28 percent, compared to women, who cut their chances by 23 percent.

Shopping may prolong lifespans because it gives people the opportunity to interact socially and to exercise. Buying fresh food daily may also mean a more healthful diet.

“Shopping requires that you physically move from one place to another, be able to handle money, make decisions, etc. All of those characteristics…are linked to health,” said S. Jay Olshansky, professor of public health and a senior research scientist with the Center on Aging at the University of Illinois.

The researchers at the National Health Research Institutes in Zhunan, Taiwan add that shopping is often done for pleasure, which increases psychological well-being. And “compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain.”

Source: BBC, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, athomemagazine.co.uk, oregonwomen’s report, CBC.com

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27 thoughts on “Can Shopping Lengthen Your Life?

  1. Its great post. I think that daily shopping gives people the more ways to interact, express as well as walking in the store and socially also.

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  5.  I love shopping, and i spend daily 1 hour on it, people use to criticism my habit, but now have a validate reason for my criticizer.

  6. Today the shopping is which makes the men busy and happy.It diverts the peoples mind and connected it with the social media.This is the main purpose of the shopping.

  7. Shopping is the best part to make the person busy and best for time passing.Shopping may prolong lifespans because it gives people the opportunity to interact with the social media doing exercise also.. Buying fresh food daily may also mean a more healthful diet.It is nice topic.I like this information.

  8. Everyone love shopping because it makes the person busy.shopping is often done for happiness, which increases psychological well-being.It we called a pass time work.Well great information.

  9. Great article.You have done a great  job by posting this article. We have lot of benefits of shopping like  physical movement,we able to buy things,Communication.I would like to read your more updates.Keep sharing with us.

  10. Wow its amazing article.This article is basically for those which are interested in to buy new things in their daily life.Its great blog.“compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal
    exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional
    instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain.”Its right.

  11. Wow its amazing article.This article is basically for those which are interested in to buy new things in their daily life.Its great blog.“compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal
    exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional
    instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain.”Its right.

  12. Wow its amazing article.This article is basically for those which are interested in to buy new things in their daily life.Its great blog.“compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal
    exercise, which usually requires motivation and sometimes professional
    instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain.”Its right.

  13. It is very nice article.Shopping requires that you physically move from one place to another, be able to handle money, make decisions.Its true and I like this information about this blog.Keep sharing with us in future.

  14. It is very nice article.Shopping requires that you physically move from one place to another, be able to handle money, make decisions.Its true and I like this information about this blog.Keep sharing with us in future.

  15. Hey,nice post.well written article.I will appreciate your writing skills.its great.I think shopping is the way of communication & exercise.
    Buying fresh food daily may also mean a more healthful diet.Thanks for sharing this article with us.Keep it up.

  16. With the help of shopping peoples interact with each other.compared to other types of leisure-time physical activity, like formal exercise, which usually requires motivation,professional instruction, shopping activity is easier to undertake and maintain.”Its very important part of our life,without its life is incomplete.

  17. Shopping is that process which gives people the opportunity to interact with the social media. Buying fresh food daily may also mean a more healthful diet.“Shopping requires that you physically move from one place to another, be able to handle money and decisions its related to are linked to health”.Keep it up.

  18. Ahh, shopping.. Who wouldn’t wan to go shopping, right? Reason why there are lots of malls in the City is because people love to shop. As for the seniors, perhaps it also depends on how they spend their money. Good places to shop like factory outlets will surely give them satisfaction when they shop ‘coz there are big discounts and prices are a bit lower compared to typical malls.

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