An anonymous reader quotes a report from Metro: Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a “physical activity paradox” exists, where exercise may only be good for you if it’s done outside of your job. Manual laborers may be physically active all day but that doesn’t actually help them. In fact, the research claims that it might actually increase their risk of dying early. “While we know leisure-time physical activity is good for you, we found that occupational physical activity has an 18% increased risk of early mortality for men,” says Pieter Coenen, public health researcher at UV University medical centre in Amsterdam. “These men are dying earlier than those who are not physically active in their occupation.”
He says that it’s all down to the type of exercise you do in your spare time, versus occupational 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). The research combined results from 17 studies, dated between 1960 and 2010 — looking at data on almost 200,000 people. The study has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
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