Postmen are on the top of a new chart for Britain’s most active workers, while desk jockeys have to beware the health pitfalls of staying seated all day.
Postmen and women are Britain’s fitness champions, doing more exercise every day than any other workforce, according to new research.
In a typical day, a postman or courier burns almost 1,500 calories on their round, which is the same as running for almost two hours on a treadmill.
Farmers and nurses follow hot on the heels of the postal service, torching 1,284 and 1,104 calories a day respectively, through work on their feet.
At the other end of the spectrum, sedentary call centre employees burn on average only 804 calories in a working day.
The research, commissioned by Virgin Active, revealed that Britons spend an average of four hours 48 minutes every day in a sedentary position.
It’s alarming how many people sit for long periods of time at work. In comparison with sitting, standing usually burns around 50 calories an hour more. This calorie difference doesn’t sound a lot but it quickly adds up over time.
Five hours a day on your feet equals 250 calories a day and 1,250 per week. Over the course of a working year that’s about 60,000 calories burnt which in activity levels is like running over 10 marathons.
Builders and construction workers top the table for lifting, spending on average four hours per day lifting, twice as long as the next most physical workforces, farmers and shop assistants, who build their muscles for two hours a day.
This research shows that some work roles are naturally energetic and healthy while others need add extra exercise in order to burn more calories and add a level of fitness to their day.
This could be small steps such as standing on one leg while you make a coffee or sitting on a Swiss Ball, to big steps such as going for a run in your lunch break
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