It seems logical that the more you move during the day, whether at work or for leisure, the better. The benefits from moving, lifting, and bending in general make it seem as though structured exercise (lifting weights, cardio, sports activities, etc.) is not necessary for individuals with physically-demanding occupations. A recent study published in the European Heart Journal suggests otherwise—physical activity at work and physical activity in the gym are not equal. In fact, researchers concluded that physically-demanding work had a negative impact on cardiovascular health (Millard, 2021).
The Copenhagen General Population Study consisted of 104,046 adults ages 20-100 years old without pre-existing major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE). Baseline measurements were taken by means of a survey from 2003-2014 and follow-up was for a median of 10 years. MACE outcomes included heart attack, non-fatal stroke, and other coronary-related fatalities (Holtermann et al., 2021).