Physical Labor Is Not The Same As Exercise

Inverse effects of midlife occupational, leisure time physical activity on mobility limitation in old age
Date:
April 23, 2014
Source:
Suomen Akatemia (Academy of Finland)

Strenuous occupational physical activity in midlife increases the risk of mobility limitation in old age, whereas leisure-time physical activity decreases the risk. This is found in a study that followed up 5,200 public sector employees for 28 years. It states that heavy physical labor is often repetitive, wears the body and lasts for several hours a day. On the contrast, leisure-time physical activity is designed to improve fitness and provide recreation and a typical exercise session lasts for one or two hours. Even though both are based on muscle activity and result in energy expenditure, their long-term consequences are different.

Read more via Inverse effects of midlife occupational, leisure time physical activity on mobility limitation in old age — ScienceDaily.

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