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Agriculture among top five healthiest jobs

July 31, 2017 by  
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Farm workers are among the healthiest in the UK, reveals new research which suggests the average farmer is physically active for more than four hours a day.

The survey of 2,014 UK adults found that people employed in agriculture – including farm managers, engineers and technicians are among the healthiest workers. Due to the nature of the job, the average agricultural worker is active for 270 minutes daily.

Agricultural workers are healthier than those in retail and manufacturing. But they are less healthy than two other industries – trades and health and fitness – when it comes to time spent active. Office workers top the poll of being the unhealthiest workforce.

Individuals from the marketing and professional services sectors are active for less than an hour per day, burning less than 300 calories through work related activity. Despite this, 19% of UK workers “top up” their activity levels with a weekly gym session.

Agriculture workers in the main are not office-bound and therefore are less likely to succumb to sugary treats, with 23% admitting enjoying a daily indulgence.

The survey was by Ironmongery Direct. Managing director Wayne Lysaght-Mason said: “Incorporating a healthy lifestyle into your working day is essential. A balanced diet, regular breaks from your desk or computer screen, fresh air, and moderate exercise are important.

“Those with desk-based jobs should ensure they are consuming the correct number of calories to avoid running out of fuel during busy or strenuous days. However, due to lower than average activity levels, they should also be conscious of what they eat.”

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