The Longevity Benefit of a Physically Demanding Job

Is it good for our health and longevity to heave, dig, hoist, stroll or otherwise exert ourselves during working hours? Or are strenuous occupations hard on our bodies and health?

Common sense might tell us that being in motion at work should be beneficial for our hearts and health, just as going for a jog or bike ride or working out at the gym is good for us. But some recent research has suggested that manual labor often increases workers’ risks for cardiovascular disease and premature death, meaning the effects of work-related physical activity might be different and less salubrious than those of the workouts we choose to do on our own time.

Now, though, the newest and largest study to date of occupational physical activity and mortality has some good news for those with physically demanding jobs.

Read the full article at New York Times