According to new research, the active lives of construction workers could actually be damaging their health. In fact, it’s been found that those more active at work have a higher risk of dying early. Good news for the desk jockeys then!

Experts revealed that this is due to a “physical activity paradox”. This is where workers, specifically men, who are active in their jobs, have higher mortality risks compared to those with less active work.

The new study was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Within this, 33 research articles were examined, made up of almost 200,000 workers.

From this, they found that professions such as working in the trade had an 18% higher risk of death. This was in comparison to ‘sedentary workers’. Basically, desk workers. Alongside those in construction, healthcare workers, assembly line workers and airport baggage handlers were also found to be some of the other highest ranking professions.

VU University Medical Centre’s Dr Peter Coenen described: “These findings suggest that a physical activity paradox may exist in male workers, with high levels of occupational physical activity being associated with detrimental health consequences, in contrast with the existing evidence of beneficial health consequences with moderate and/or high level leisure time physical activity.”

Not only that, but working in construction has also found to age workers prematurely. In fact, most tradespeople were reported to look nine years older than they actually are. Take a look at the full report on this here.

However, alternate research has shown though that the active lives of tradespeople are actually beneficial to keep them fit as they age. According to the study, construction workers have a ‘physical wisdom’. This ‘wisdom’ is what allows them to work effectively. Even in their old age! Take a look at the statistics on this here.

So what do you lot think of this? Do you think working construction is bad for your health? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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