Car workers ‘top for excercise’

Car workers and mechanics are the most physically active workers.

Car workers and mechanics are the most physically active workers. - Credit: PA

Car workers and mechanics are the most physically active staff, taking regular exercise more than three times a week, according to a new study.

Employees in leisure and tourism were ranked second. A survey of 2,000 workers by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to mark its cycling campaign, found mechanics did some form of physical exercise more than four times a week.

Bankers were also in the top 10, as well as nurses, teachers, plumbers and hairdressers.

The main reasons for taking regular exercise were improving physical fitness, having a healthier lifestyle and losing weight.

Doctors, dentists and bankers were most likely to cycle, with nine out of 10 saying they cycled each week.


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The main reasons stopping people cycling to work were distance from offices, or the dangers of cycling, although many cited a lack of showers at their workplace.

Martin Mears, events manager at the BHF, said: 'Cycling is a fantastic way to have fun and improve your heart health and can be done in the evenings and at the weekends.

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