13 jobs that can keep you in shape

For a lot of jobs, being sedentary for hours on end is a standard occupational hazard.

If you would rather not become the next victim of what some call “the sitting disease” — the jury’s still out on whether sitting is really the new smoking, but we can all agree eight hours a day can’t be good for anyone — and standing desks aren’t your thing, then you might consider a new occupation.

Jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor recently sifted through its massive database of job listings to find occupations that pay you to keep moving.

Based on Glassdoor’s list, as well as our perusal of the Bureau of Labour Statistic’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the following 15 jobs could help keep you in shape:

Recreation workers

They design and lead recreational and leisure activities for groups in volunteer or recreation facilities, and many spend much of their time being physically active in the outdoors.


They must quickly carry heavy equipment and move debris at an emergency site and sometimes have to carry people who are injured or can't walk.

Dog walkers

They walk dogs, often more than one at a time, through various terrain and duration, including brief, leisurely strolls on city footpaths to long, brisk hikes through rural parks


They are responsible for the cultivation and care of business or residential grounds, which usually requires mowing lawns, pulling weeds, cutting trees, and repairing structures using a variety of heavy power tools.


As a part of the production team that creates video projects, they carry, set up, operate, and maintain a variety of heavy video equipment including cameras, tripods, computers, editing equipment, and sound mixing equipment.

Tour guides

They escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.

Personal trainers

They meet with clients one-on-one or in small groups to help them get into shape.

Bike couriers

Companies hire them to transport packages, documents, and food straight to the recipient's front door.

Janitors and cleaners

They keep many types of buildings clean, orderly, and in good condition and by sweeping, mopping, vacuuming, and completing other physically demanding tasks.


They study the Earth by gathering and interpreting data, which requires them to travel near and far -- often in remote areas -- to capture and collect information in the field.


They work in all types of weather conditions to repair and install roofs using a variety of tools and materials, not to mention considerable arm and leg muscle force to push, pull, and carry objects in what can be an unstable working environment.

Registered nurses

They spend a significant amount of their day on their feet, tending to patients and providing follow-up care, consulting with physicians, moving patients and equipment, and performing tests.


They maintain the quality of farms, crops, and livestock by operating machinery and doing physical labour under the supervision of farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers.

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