HEALTH FOCUS: Keeping up strength and agility can help tradies enjoy a longer career in their field.
HEALTH FOCUS: Keeping up strength and agility can help tradies enjoy a longer career in their field. PIKSEL

Core work, conditioning key to keeping tradies on tools longer

AFTER a long day of work, it can be hard for tradies to get down to the gym.

However, because their jobs are so physical, LG Personal Training's Laila Gordon said they should make time to work on both their strength and flexibility.

"Concretors are always bending over and electricians are always crawling into smaller spaces, which can be quite difficult, so agility is important," she said.

Ms Gordon said tradies needed to know how to lift things properly, rather than relying on brute strength and putting their backs in harm's way.

Because of this, Ms Gordon said they should work on practical strengthening exercises.

"Core work and conditioning is important," she said.

"Rather than getting strong for the job, just working on arms and legs, you want them to be working on getting longevity out of their trade."

This means including postural and compound exercises in their workout routine to focus on functionality.

Ms Gordon said exercises that moved multiple joints like squat pressing and opting for a lunge and curl rather than a curl would be more beneficial for the job.

While the life of a tradie can be busy and tiring, Ms Gordon said they could alternate times to get into the gym depending on their roster, and plan around their industry.

"If they can, it's a good idea to get into the gym before they're tired after work," she said.

"If they're not an early morning person, they will need to eat well during the day and drink a lot of water to keep their energy up for the afternoon.

"Tarong workers do a lot of night shifts so it's important to find a daytime routine that suits as well as a night-time one."

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