Jobs that Make You Fit

By Colleen Kane,

Workaday Workouts

Look, it's not breaking news that working as a physical trainer or fitness instructor makes you fit. Duh. In that line, it's an essential job requirement: "People will always judge you on your appearance," says certified personal trainer Joshua Margolis, of Mind Over Matter Health.

Additional no-brainers in this "fit jobs" category include dancers and athletes. Any active job requiring moving all day, like bike messengers, farmers, construction workers, and landscapers also come to mind. But for this slideshow, we went beyond the most obvious to find some of the less commonly cited occupations in the category-including one we can practically guarantee you didn't know was a legitimate job.

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The flight attendant lifestyle seems to be the polar opposite of the dreaded desk job. "Being a flight attendant keeps you fit! Not only did it used to be a requirement to stay within a weight limit (I had to weigh in monthly when I was new) but it's so physically demanding moving the carts, etc. that you naturally stay fit," says Carolyn Paddock of the In-Flight insider luxury travel website.
"I have spent more than 20,000 hours in the air, and racked up 10 million miles around the world flying in the last 22 years, both in commercial and private aviation, and I was moving 95% of the time. Not only that- once we land, usually abroad, I'm out the door touring and exploring-again moving. Then bringing back my various groceries and shopping is more exercise to carry my luggage and bags."
And although flight attendants can make excuses not to exercise as well as anyone else, flight attendant Amanda Pleva says, "constant availability of hotel gyms is great. When away from home, the 'I was too busy' excuse can rarely apply."

But for those who aren't careful, this is one active job that can still have the opposite effect of fitness, Pleva is quick to point out. "Hotel and airport food will kill you." Flight attendant can experience pitfalls leading to their version of the Freshman 15 ( eating out all the time, drinking (a lot), not packing their own food, and consequently eating poorly on overnights. "I gained about 20 pounds my second year on the job," says Pleva, but she has since developed the habit of packing food and resistance bands.

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Husband-and-wife photography team Bob and Priscilla Rathbone of Rathbone Images call themselves very active wedding photographers. "That is-anything to get the shot," says Priscilla. "With all the walking, squatting and carrying of heavy equipment, I get quite a workout. Every wedding season, I drop a couple dress sizes and feel great!"

Equipment weighing 15-20 pounds, and 6-8 hour active workdays result in an overall body change-"My clothes fit better, my legs get a lot stronger, I have more stamina and more definition in my arms and back," Priscilla says. "To keep up the gains during the winter season, I definitely need to work out more. It is a cycle because if I don't keep up on my workouts, the first few big weddings of the season can really wipe me out.

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The other jobs on this list are all testament to a very simple fitness and weight loss principle: move around all day, and you will stay in shape. But this category of jobs takes into account practicing what you preach, the power of corporate culture, and probably some positive peer pressure as well.
Mary Barbour of Mind Body Wellness Group worked as an RN and dietician for 4 years and she puts it, "I started eating better, working out more, growing my own food and became a chef."

The well-being company Healthways features Workout Wednesdays, where employees are encouraged to wear workout clothes to work, and provides treadmills, bike racks, onsite fitness classes, running, biking and stairwell climbing groups, and on site massages.

Alex Marinov, co-founder of the Tennis Round playing partner-matching website, testifies: "I've shed 20 pounds since we launched the site 6 months ago. I was 190 and now I'm 170." Alex accepts a lot of invitations to tennis due to being involved with the service.

Melissa McNeese, working for Fit PR promoting fitness DVDs says she's more fit because of the material she works with daily. Even working at a women's fitness apparel company leads to employee fitness, or so says Kristin Bradley. "Each woman that works at 4all by jofit [women's sportswear company] embraces a healthy lifestyle with lots of exercise in the gym and on the court and course." Tawnee Madlen of PlanetGear had a similar experience. "I have a desk job doing PR. However, the company I work for sells outdoor gear, and in order to fit in, I have been very motivated to work out. Also, we were asked to take photos hiking, biking, et cetera for our Facebook [profile] and that has made skateboarding my new hobby. Now, I force my husband every day to skate with me. Very fun culture at my company."

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Rosie Enos is a dog sled tour guide during the winter months at Mt. Bachelor in Oregon, and during the summer, she is a backpacking guide for Roam the Woods, a women's backpacking company. "The great thing? I never have to squeeze in a workout at the end of a long day."
The winter job results in upper body strength. "You are working with Alaskan Huskies that are up to 50 pounds of pure muscle, that are super excited to go for a run, your lifting them, loading them, and trying to hold them back (twelve of them-all attached to one sled!!) Your whole body gets a workout."

Her summer job reverses the strength to her lower section. "I do lose some of that upper body strength because you are using your legs as the powerhouse while backpacking. All that I lose in my upper body I gain back in my legs!"

This fitness and work regime doesn't mean she's 100% muscle. "Typically, during the winter I'm not afraid to embrace some fat. On top of all the hard work, it can get cold so some butter in my diet is a lifesaver on the single digit days. As for the summer, backpackers burn between 4,000 - 8,000 calories a day. "During the summer, I eat fairly good on the trail as we use lots of dehydrated veggies in our meals, the best thing on the trail though: Snickers!! In town requirement: a stop at an all-you-can-eat buffet."
When J.J. Kunkle of The Fit Life worked at the Santa Barbara Adventure Company, she says, "our guides were in top shape. When you spend the day leading kayaking, hiking and biking trips-there's no way you can NOT be fit. Even as the office manager I stayed in great shape helping them load and unload kayaks, wash wetsuits and occasionally guiding trips."

The fitness benefits of the guide occupation extend into the off-season, says Jo Ann Taylor of WalkTalk, because "when you are not traveling you are very motivated to get fit for your next tour."

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With any job that entails involving running around after groups of children, you will probably not have a problem keeping fit, but that's especially true when you're teaching the children about exercise and sports.

Len Saunders has been a physical education teacher for 30 years. "I am constantly moving, chasing, running, demonstrating, and energized all day. I teach elementary school physical education, and being around the 3-11 year olds all day also keeps me young. Now that I have turned 50, I feel fresh and healthy working with these children all day."

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