• Lynn Peters

Why you should exercise if you have a physical job

Many people have physically demanding jobs – whether that be within healthcare, hospitality or as delivery driver to name but a few. This often results in feeling too tired to do any additional exercise as you already do more than enough, right?


When you do exercise you push your body further and harder than you do in your every day life. So for a small amount of time every week, you work harder that you do in your everyday job. This means that when you are doing your daily job you are working hard but not as hard as you do when you work out.

Think of it this way, if you do not exercise then your hardest activity, or the physical peak, of the week is your day job. If you work for 40 hours per week, this is the equivalent of a 40 hour workout per week – no wonder why your body is exhausted!

If you were to add a regular workout routine to your working week you may well find your energy levels increase and your daily work routine becomes easier physically.

It is hard to add exercise into our lives when you work long hours and feel that time taken out of home life is time wasted but doing a HIIT session 3 times a week can be beneficial. HIIT stands for high intensity interval training and can usually be accomplished in as little as 10 minutes a session. If you have a shower in the morning, before going to work, then you could get up 15 mins earlier, dress in your work out gear and complete your workout before your shower. You could do 3 HIIT sessions a week – one focused on your upper body, one on the core and one on the lower body and simply have the same routine every week.

Of course, it does not have to be HIIT. You could join a fitness class either close to your house or workplace that is easy to get to. Before doing so, you really need to plan when you will go. Being a member of a gym is a good first step but you still have to make it easy to attend.

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