If you have a grandparent who has had a heart attack, ask him or her to stay active by doing some household chores to reduce their risk of having another one. Exercise has been shown to have huge benefits for people with cardiovascular disease as it cuts their chance of a repeat attack, and improves independence and quality of life. As per a new study, simple household tasks, such as making bed, doing laundry or carrying groceries can start the road to recovery for people who have had a heart attack or a stroke. A daily walk is proven to be beneficial, and tai chi, yoga and balance training can help, but encouraging patients to do more chores around the house is the simplest way to get people moving, according to researchers. The study said patients should be encouraged to do everyday household chores instead of simply given medication. The document said simple household tasks can improve strength and balance and reduce frailty – particularly among elderly patients. The study suggests exercise training is still a daunting challenge for the majority of older patients with cardiovascular disease, reports Mail Online. “Encouragement to make a bed, carry laundry, climb stairs, dance, or walk as part of a daily routine may better achieve healthful physically active behaviour in many older adults,” the researchers stated. Dr Daniel Forman, a geriatric cardiologist and chair of the American Heart Association, said doctors are too focused on using drugs – and instead should prioritise exercise. “Many healthcare providers are focussed only on the medical management of diseases, such as heart failure, heart attacks, valvular heart disease and strokes, without directly focusing on helping patients maximize their physical function,” he said.