Farmers have topped the list of ‘fastest walkers’ when compared to any other occupation.
The study, conducted by Trinity College Dublin, surveyed almost 6,000 Irish participants over the age of 50 to analyse relationships between changes in occupation during their lifetimes and physical functionality later in life.
It found those from a farming background walked 0.04m/s faster than anyone in other occupational groups.
But experts said the speed was not a direct link of a career as a farmer, but that it actually came down to better nutrition as a farming youngster.
A higher intake of potatoes, milk and eggs in a child’s early diet all attributed to a faster walking speed in later life.
The study stated: “It is no inconceivable therefore that better nutritional intake among the children of farmers would translate into a performance advantage on functional measures more than 50 years later.”
Participants walking speed was measured on a computerised walkway with electronic sensors.
The study also found farmers to have grip strength of up to 1.5kg higher on average than people in other careers.