Job-Related Exercise

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Exercising on the job, whether its walking or some other type of physical activity, can help people stay healthy. Dr. Edward Hill discusses a report from the Centers for Disease Control in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Walking or performing physically demanding work on the job helps American adults meet minimum physical activity guidelines that could lead to better health.

The Centers for Disease Control came to that conclusion from a report based on a survey of nearly 380,000 U.S. adults who answered questions about their physical activity.

About 64 percent of participants said they met minimum physical activity guidelines in their free time. Adding on-the-job physical activity pushed those percentages to about 76 percent for men and nearly 66 percent for women.

People met physical activity guidelines if they reported at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity.

Occupational physical activity was defined as work activity consisting mostly of walking while at work or doing heavy labor or physically demanding work.

Meeting minimum guidelines for physical activity is important for maintaining healthy weight and reducing the risk of obesity and health problems such as diabetes.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.