Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Great Recession = Less Exercise

Does unemployment have a beneficial side effect, giving those who have lost their job more time to exercise? Short answer: no. A National Bureau of Economic Research analysis of American Time Use Survey results shows that, although recreational exercise increased among the unemployed, the increase did not compensate for the decline in work-related exertion. The decline in overall physical exertion among the unemployed was greatest for men with low levels of education, many of whom had worked in physically demanding jobs.

Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, "Exercise, Physical Activity, and Exertion over the Business Cycle, Working Paper 17406 ($5).

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