Why Your Job Affects How Much You Exercise

When it comes to exercise, for most people the question isn’t whether you should do it, but how much activity you need to improve your health.

In the latest study published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, researchers take a closer look at how jobs influence the amount of exercise people get in their off-hours. The study included data from national surveys of Americans conducted between 2008 and 2014. Federal guidelines now recommend that people get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week, plus some weight training to strengthen muscles a few days a week. While this recommendation includes exercise both at work and after-work, most people aren’t getting much physical activity at their jobs. So Debra Blackwell and Tainya Clarke from the NCHS decided to analyze data on how people’s jobs correlated with the amount of exercise they got during their off hours.

Excerpted from time.com

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