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One of the most common statements I hear from patients is “I already do a lot of physical activity at work, so why do I need to exercise?” It’s a great question and comes from people who are doing physical work on a regular basis such as delivery drivers, cleaners, or construction workers. While a patient’s efforts at work should be applauded, the reality is that the benefits of recreational physical activity far outweigh any activity performed at work.
Recreational activity has many benefits, especially for patients looking to improve their cardiovascular health to help with overall endurance for daily activities, pain reduction, or to address general health issues like obesity.
Some of the reasons that recreational activity is better than work activity include:
So, if you already have a physically demanding job, what exercise strategies could you use to help improve your fitness levels and improve your physical condition? I always recommend some of the following:
The bottom line is never overestimate the benefits of your work activities and never underestimate the benefits of targeted recreational activity to help you stay physically fit and keep doing a great job at work.