You’ve had a long day at work and it’s now time to clock out. Is exercise going to be a part of your day? An interesting study has found that people who work certain types of jobs are more likely to exercise outside of the workplace in their leisure time then others. Is this just another reason to accept a lack of exercise in ones life? Let’s dive in a little deeper.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) published a study at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where data was pooled from 2008-2014 from employed adults aged 18-64. Data was measured to see if the employed adults met the 2008 Federal Guidelines for both aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities when not at work. The 2008 guidelines include at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate and vigorous intensity aerobic activity.
Most people are not getting enough exercise at work, so this is why only the off hours are considered in this particular study. Overall they found that 43% of employed adults are not getting enough exercise, period. In relation to their jobs, 51% of people in production jobs did not meet the minimum requirement in comparison to the 30% of people with professional and managerial jobs. Interestingly, people with more sedentary jobs reported a higher amount of recreational activity.
One important factor in this study turns out to be education. As you can guess, the higher the education the more likely that person is going to meet the exercise guidelines. This is one thing I’d love to change. Giving people the knowledge on how to fit exercise into any lifestyle can be accomplished with online personal training. Having a conversation with a fitness expert can be life changing.
The study did not take into account any physical activity that was performed on the job. To me, this is a big issue as someone who may be doing physical labor could be getting in 4-5 hours of exercise and understandably not have any interest in doing a workout after work. I know this isn’t the norm but there are definitely exceptions.
Overall it seems that maybe more people with desk/ computer jobs are understanding that sitting all day is not good for your health. Also, employees in professional, services and sales positions who worked over 50 hours a week were more involved in recreational fitness versus people in the same position who worked less hours.
So what should you do if you find yourself in the group of 43% employed people who do not get enough exercise? Take the first step and talk with a Personal Trainer. You may learn something that could make a huge difference in your daily life within the first few minutes.
One of my favorite mottos is, “it never hurts to ask.” Never start learning. Ask those inquisitive questions just like you did as a child. Go ahead and throw one down on the comments section and I’ll answer your question. The best part is that someone else might also benefit from your question as well.