received_2059320577730609A few weeks ago I was given a literature review about musculoskeletal injuries in three specific construction trades (my partner works in the industry & thought I would find it interesting -he knows me well!) I found it enlightening & can’t say I was surprised at anything in it considering the manual activities, work load & repetition involved.

Following that one I found another article about how manual jobs don’t produce the same health benefits as leisure time activity. It notes that occupational activity is of no cardiorespiratory benefit as it does not reach the high intensity or the duration is too long. Heart rate is also suggested to increase during as well following long duration of occupational activity over a 24 hour period, contrary to with leisure activity; also as occupational activity often involves static working postures or heavy lifting the muscle contraction involved increases blood pressure which it also suggests may remain increased subsequently after.

Occupational activity is suggested to cause fatigue & exhaustion with potential to elevate risk of cardiovascular disease due to poor recovery times such as from long weekly hours worked; & lack of control over occupational tasks such as schedule, speed & environment are also put forward as contributory to detrimental effects.

Lastly it suggests that inflammation increases & remains elevated with occupational activity which over long periods of time & combined with inadequate recovery is noted as responsible for prolonged inflammation. It sounds quite generic as will vary by occupation (there’s definitely high intensity in mine -benefit, but equally there’s fatigue -risk) but I think nicely hi lights the importance of including leisure activity even if your occupation involves physical demands.