Could your quad be doing you more harm than good?
Irish farmers are more five times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than other workers, new research shows.
And there’s one implement on the farm that might be lending itself to this figure – the trusty quad bike.
Traditionally, farming has been considered to be one of the most active occupations, according to Dr John McNamara, Health and Safety Specialist with Teagasc. However, he says that tractors, ATVs and off-road SUVs have taken some of the hard work out of farming and, as a result farmers are not as physically active as they were previously.
However, new on-farm research shows that while farmers are, on average, hitting the 10,000 step mark a day, they’re spending two thirds of their day asleep, sitting or lying down.
The study carried out by Teagasc, WIT and UCD shows that farmers spend more time sitting while the machinery does the work and many farmers struggle to find the time to exercise.
A health booklet for farmers recommends farmers:
Cut down on: watching TV; being on a computer; excessive use of quad bikes and tractors when moving around the farm and sitting for more than 30 minutes.
Two-to-three times a week: Do strength and flexibility exercises.