Physically demanding jobs take a toll on your health

Construction worker

In fact, a study says that those with desk jobs, who sit all day at work, could be slowly killing themselves. And even then, that's probably not enough to undo the 40 hours of sitting on our bums.

Coenen came to a conclusion that people who were more active and did physical work had 18% of the higher risk of shortened lifespan as compared to that of people who had relaxing occupations.

"This is the first study to systemically review and find evidence consistent with the physical activity paradox‚ a principle that suggests beneficial health outcomes linked with leisure-time physical activity but detrimental health outcomes for those engaging in a high level of occupational physical activity".

An worldwide group of scientists found that systematic physical activity at work increases men's risk of premature death, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. "This evidence indicates that physical activity guidelines should differentiate between occupational and leisure time physical activity".

When you choose to exercise, you can take rest periods when you want - something that often may not be available to you if you're working on a building site (for example).

Worldwide public health guidelines encourage people to spend half an hour a day on moderate to intense physical activity to keep healthy, but previous research has shown that those who work in construction and other physically demanding jobs are the least likely to exercise in their leisure time.

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Physical activity if done on moderate levels can increase the heart rate and blood pressure to strengthen your heart and the cardiovascular system.

Continous activity works to actually inhibit our cardiovascular system, not improve it. To examine and study the effects of exercise on health, researchers combined the studies and results from 17 studies that gave them the information of around 200, 000 people at once.

But Coenen believes other factors are at play.

Men, those extra physical activities at your workplace may be subtracting years from your life. "If you go out for a run for half an hour in your leisure time", he said, "that increases your heart rate and you feel well afterwards, but when you are physically active at work, it's a very different type of activity".

Professor Kay-Tee Khaw, professor of clinical gerontology at the University of Cambridge says: 'Sedentary work compared to work that requires heavy physical activity is hugely confounded by education, social class and all the other associated behaviours.

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