If you’re a manual labourer you may have stated the above.
There are a few problems with this:
- usually tasks are performed repetitively.
- usually tasks are performed without thinking about them.
- certain tasks are performed thousands of times in a given week.
- tasks are usually performed in an inefficient or even dangerous manner.
I remember one time a person telling me “why do you bother doing what you do in a gym? You should just get a job on a farm and carry hay bales!”
First of all, my desire to work on a farm is pretty low. No hate to people who work on farms. Hey, you do you.
The second issue is the PURPOSE of moving the hay bale. It’s to move the hay bale and feed animals. It’s not to train my body in an efficient and balanced way.
People often associate RSI or OOS (Repetitive Strain Injury or Occupational Overuse Syndrome) with being an office worker. Sitting at a desk and typing a lot can lead to things like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
But this can be applied to anything. If you’re in a job where for example you have to stoop down and bend a lot, then your lower back will likely suffer.
You will hear me talk at length about proper deadlift technique and using the right muscles to do it. This carries over into real life as well.
The question I have is:
Think of a person you might know who works in manual labour. Physically, are they in a worse or better position than when they first started?