Have an Active Job? It May Not Be the Health Benefit You Think

You're on your feet all day at work, so by the time you get home, chances are, you're beat. It would be understandable if the last thing on your mind was working out, but, according to new research, it should be.

Turns out having an active job is no substitute for regular, leisure time activity. In fact, having an active job and not working out could significantly shorten your lifespan. 

A large-scale study published in the European Heart Journal and conducted by National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen, Denmark, reveals that physical activity on the job and physical activity off-the-clock have opposite and independent links to your risk of cardiovascular disease and life expectancy.

An Active Job vs. An Active Lifestyle

For some time, studies have indicated that people with physically active occupations have an increased risk of heart disease and mortality. The thing is, these studies were small and it was never clear if the jobs were the problem or the fact that these people had otherwise inactive, unhealthy lifestyles and/or were of a lower socio-economic status.

The study, which looked at 104,046 men and women between the ages of 20 and 100 years old and accounted for these variables, took place over the course of 10 years. During this time, it was discovered that people who had very active jobs had a 35% increased risk of cardiovascular related death and a 27% higher risk of death from other causes.

Compare this to people who had high levels of leisure time activity and had a 15% reduced risk of heart-related death and 40% reduced risk of death in general.

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Study author, Professor Andreas Holtermann said: "Many people with manual jobs believe they get fit and healthy by their physical activity at work and therefore can relax when they get home. Unfortunately, our results suggest that this is not the case. And while these workers could benefit from leisure physical activity, after walking 10,000 steps while cleaning or standing seven hours in a production line, people tend to feel tired so that's a barrier."

"A brisk 30-minute walk will benefit your health by raising your heart rate and improving your cardiorespiratory fitness, while work activity often does not sufficiently increase heart rate to improve fitness. In addition, work involving lifting for several hours a day increases blood pressure for many hours, which is linked with heart disease risk, while short bursts of intense physical activity during leisure raises blood pressure only briefly."

So, you don’t have to workout for a long time after a long day of work: as little as 30 minutes will work wonders to improve your overall health, fitness and longevity.

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