The news blows apart the old myth of unhealthy builders living on a diet of bacon sandwiches and never-ending cups of tea,
A study from Direct Line for Business showed tradespeople typically exercise for 16.4 hours each week – over six times the NHS’ minimum recommendation of 2.5 hours exercise per week2.
The research shows found that 41% of builders, plumbers and carpenters complete more than ten hours of physical activity a week at work.
One in four claimed to complete more than 20 hours a week and the average for all tradespeople was 11.7 hours per week.
Construction workers also keep fit outside of work with an additional average of 4.69 hours of physical activity through working out at the gym and sport.
The research also found that Britain’s 2.8 million tradespeople have considerably healthier diets than originally thought, with only one in fourteen claiming they consistently eat more than their recommended daily allowance.
Jazz Gakhal, Head of Direct Line for Business said: “Tradespeople are helping to nurse this country’s economy back to health.
“This research shows that, despite the sometimes negative publicity that surrounds the lifestyle of tradespeople, they are actually setting a great example to the public with their active daily routines.”
Sonia Ayadi, Nutritional Therapist practitioner at Harley Health, said: “This research by Direct Line for Business is long overdue.
“As we become more aware of our diet and general health, and with the government constantly raising awareness of healthy eating (i.e. five a day fruits and vegetables), tradespeople have always been amongst the most active workers when compared to the typical office-based professional.
“Indeed tradespeople will often need support with their diet to make sure they eat enough nutritious foods to sustain their energy levels throughout the day.”