The amount of exercise you get on a daily basis often depends on the kind of job you have. In the simplest of terms, the busier you are at work, the less time you’ll have to exercise. But, a study published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention delved deeper into the way certain types of jobs affect the amount of exercise one gets.
According to federal guidelines, Americans should be getting at minimum 150 minutes of light exercise a week, not including weight training, which is recommended to help strengthen muscles. However, after analyzing data from a series of surveys conducted from 2008 to 2014, researchers from the NCHS found that 43% of employed adults don’t get the suggested amount of exercise. They also found that a lack of exercise is more common among people who hold “production jobs,” or in other words, jobs that involve physical labor. Whereas only 31% of people in managerial jobs failed to reach the recommended amount of weekly exercise, that number increased by 20% among people in production jobs.
Debra Blackwell, one of the study’s authors, explained that education plays an important role in ensuring people get enough exercise. “Education is social capital,” says Blackwell. “It’s much more than the highest grade completed. It represents access to information, and how you use that information to make decisions about lifestyle choices.”
For people in physically stagnant jobs, the importance of getting the right amount of exercising can’t be overstated. Studies have shown that sitting for extended periods of time increase the risks of obesity, cancer, and heart disease. That means that while exercising during your off hours is of the utmost importance, exercising while at work can’t hurt, either.
Exercise at work with this Manduka Two-Tone Recycled Foam Yoga Block, and let us know if you think you get enough exercise a week.