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Date PostedFebruary 8, 2013

Need for a Healthy Lifestyle for Construction Workers

While everyone needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle, construction workers are involved in dangerous and hazardous tasks, therefore being healthy and fit is even more important to them.

A healthy lifestyle involves healthy eating, staying fit and getting enough rest and it’s important for a number of reasons.

Perhaps most importantly is the fact that the healthier you are the less prone you will be to sicknesses and diseases. A healthy well balanced life will have a positive impact on your life expectancy.

Also being healthy improves your quality of life. So in addition to having a long life, you have a better quality of life as well. Fit people have more energy and a much better outlook on life without having to worry about health problems.

Good physical and mental health is vital to a healthy lifestyle.Part of maintaining good health is to eat healthily and engage in regular exercise. It is also important to drink only in moderation and not smoke.

There has always been an association with construction work and drinking alcohol but an unhealthy culture of drinking has been prevalent in the industry. Recently there have been many concerns about the excessive consumption of alcohol by construction workers, mainly because dangerous activities cannot be undertaken by a worker who is under the influence of alcohol (or any their drug), neither can workers who are suffering from hangovers and other side effects of excessive drinking perform their work safely.

Good physical health can be achieved by following a healthy diet and doing regular exercise.  The basics of a balanced healthy diet are consuming a lot of fruit and vegetables, wholegrain foods such as brown bread, pasta and rice, a lean source of protein and low fat dairy products. Being overweight or consuming an unhealthy diet has a myriad of negative effects, especially on people whose jobs involve a lot of physical labour, such as construction workers.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle because it helps to burn off excess calories, is good for strength and flexibility and it also releases feel good endorphins into the bloodstream.  Staying fit is also an important part of construction work which is physically demanding and strenuous. Also exercising is also a good way of boosting the metabolism and promoting healthy weight loss.

Many of the tasks that construction workers have to tend with are complicated when they are unhealthy or unfit. But perhaps just as important as physical health is mental health.

Stress is a big problem for many people these days and has been linked to many health issues.  Work on building sites can be stressful. Especially considering that construction workers often have to stick to deadlines while adhering to the necessary safety procedures, this can be a stressful task. Add to that the strain that construction work puts on workers.

Stress can also cause the body to put on weight as when it is stressed the body releases the hormone cortisol which has been linked to abdominal weight gain.  Controlling stress can be hard but having down time and relaxing is crucial to your mental and physical wellbeing.

To have a healthy lifestyle you need a good diet, exercise, well managed stress levels and at least 8 hours of sleep a night – not only will your health benefit but your professional life as well.

 

Steven Asnicar is regarded as a leader across many fields of industry. In particular, his specialisation across the health, infrastructure, construction, resource and utility sectors has seen him successfully change the dynamics of these industries through the introduction of new strategic, marketing, training and technical frameworks. Steven works closely with industry peak bodies such as Safework Australia, Australian Logistics Council, National Advisory for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (NATESE) and the Council of Australian Governments in the development of new delivery standards and industry specific programs.

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