Working and Working Out: One in the Same?

February 13, 2008 at 5:05 am 2 comments has come out with a list of the Top 10 Jobs for Staying in Shape. Normally, I’d be very excited about a list like this. I’m smitten by the idea of killing two birds with one stone: working and working out at the same time… and getting paid for both! My job doesn’t have a built-in exercise component, but since I love what I’m doing, I’m not looking to change any time soon.

I have a small quibble with the article because it disses suggestions like doing biceps curls during conference calls or sitting on a stability ball.

” ‘Easy’ as these tasks may seem, when you get down to it, they aren’t easy at all. After all, who wants to spend their day trying to balance on a ball or sweating profusely at their $1,600 desk (the approximate cost of the vertical workstation)?”

Granted, $1,600 is a lot to spend on a walkstation. I would have installed one by now if it wasn’t so cost-prohibitive. But, it really is easy – and cheap! – to sit on a ball all day. I’ve done it for years as I discussed in an early post. No one is going to work up a huge sweat doing a few biceps curls or push-ups while on a call or a break, but those little bits of strength training will build up your muscles, which will ultimately help you burn more calories during the day.

It’s still interesting to review the jobs included and see what parts of the body they work the most.

PAINTERS – “Workout: If you’ve ever seen the “Karate Kid”, you remember “paint the fence.” The fluid up-and-down and side-to-side motion of painting gives your arms and shoulders a great workout.”

LANDSCAPERS – “Workout: You’re constantly bending, lifting and shoveling mulch and fertilizer, among other things. Plus, since the job is seasonal, you’re working outside in the heat, sweating up a storm.”

CHILDCARE WORKERS – “Workout: When asked how they find time to stay in shape, moms usually respond with something like, “chasing my kids around.” The same is true for childcare workers. Carrying kids around, playing outside, picking them up and setting them down is a workout indeed.”

CONSTRUCTION LABORERS – “Workout: Almost all of the jobs construction workers perform require physical strength, whether it is heavy lifting, operating machinery or demolition.”

MESSENGERS – “Workout: While some messengers travel by motorcycle, car or public transportation, during nice weather, most deliver by bicycle or on foot, which gives a great cardio workout.”

FREIGHT AND STOCK MATERIAL MOVERS – “Workout: Bending, crouching, lifting and carrying are all in a day’s work for material movers. The objects moved are generally heavy, including raw supplies, baggage and cargo, which gives these guys a great workout in their arms and back.”

FARM WORKERS – “Workout: Long, hot days in the sun and constantly using your legs and arms to plow, seed, milk, pull and operate machinery (to name a few). It’s a total body workout.”

ASSEMBLERS AND FABRICATORS – “Workout: These folks complete numerous physically difficult tasks, like manually tightening massive bolts or moving heavy parts in position. Luckily, the physical demands are made much easier through the use of new technologies and equipment.”

BINDERY WORKERS – “Workout: These workers must do considerable lifting and carrying, giving an awesome arm workout. Plus, bindery workers are on their feet a lot, which means their backs and stomachs get a good workout, too.”

CAMERA OPERATORS – “Workout: These workers stand and walk for long periods of time while carrying (and sometimes operating) heavy equipment.”

If you’re interested in changing jobs and improving your health, you may want to consider one of these multitasking gigs.


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  • 1. Ginger Fithian  |  February 15, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    This is so true. I find that the more I do just around ourapt. The stroner my legs et. Thus, the easier it becomes to continue doing household chores. As you know I haven’t been able to do this fo a long time.
    thanks for he reminder. I tend to forget that ding thedail stuff I do does provide activity.
    Later, Mum

  • 2. Patrick Clark  |  August 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    I agree. The “Active Office” or “Fitness Work Station” or whatever you want to call it is mostly a matter of getting rid of the chair and maybe even the desk. A stand up desk works best because you definitely don’t want to stoop. Sitting is an option. You can definitely lift barbells and do yoga stretches while downloading a doc or talking on the phone and many many other ‘pauses’ in between typing. Check out my website for an entire body-friendly revolution manefesto.


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