When we think about finding a new job, for many of us, the thought of being chained to an office desk all day can be a gloomy prospect. It’s not surprising either, when research suggests it can also have negative impacts on your health. "Sitting is the new smoking" they say, after all.
Musculoskeletal problems, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, have all been linked to sitting down for long hours each day. However, there are alternative ways to make a living - to keep you fit while getting paid.
If you’re trying to find the balance between doing a job you enjoy, while keeping active, there are some top jobs that will keep your health ticking over, which don’t have many barriers in the way.
Ever thought about looking after people's four-legged friends for a living? Talk about healthy! Signing up as a dog-walker on something like Mad Paws offers flexibility and is made easy these days through online networks and the best bit is that the level of activity in this job varies depending on how many dogs you walk and could involve anything from going for a brisk stroll in the park to embarking on a longer bush walk. You can look after however many dogs you can handle, which will boost your income while keeping you trim. Also you get to choose the hours you work.
If you're going to embark on something like this, though, you'll need some of the right kit for looking after cats and dogs, which are all available affordably on BHG Shop.
Been a while since you tripped the light fantastic? Bit rusty in the knees? Doesn't matter! It's all in the skill and with a job like being a dance instructor, you pass that down by teaching class after class of dance. It's possibly one of the most physically advanced jobs out there. Not only is it great to boost fitness, it will also lift your mood by seeing all the people you’re helping having lots of fun - while panting away.
You'll need something snazzy to pump your music to dance to through, so think about investing in a nice wireless speaker from BHG Shop that won't let you down.
Riding a bike and delivering packages a few hours every day is a great way of keeping fit while earning an income. A bike courier is constantly moving around and travels long distances to transport goods - you will be surprised by the miles you can do in just one day!
To get this job right, you'll need a bike bag. Think about getting a sturdy, reliable, sizable version from right here on BGH Shop to help you get the job done right.
Got the eye? Few people do without having to think about it, so put your flair for the fab into practice with a job move into decorating. Decorating a venue will not only force you to be on your feet all day, you will also have to carry heavy equipment, climb up and down ladders and run back and forth between decoration to apply last touches. It’s a great trade to have, everyone has a home, and not a lot of time these days.
Don't forget about the colour! There's a treasure trove of sensationally colourful prints and wall art options available on BHG Shop, so have a peek here for your next show-stopper!
Can you imagine a better personal trainer than a child? Children are extremely active, and love a good run around. This will no doubt get you out of breath and is definitely more physically demanding than a desk job.
As a tour guide you don’t only get to absorb the scenic environment of your hometown. It also requires you to stand and walk for long hours while interacting with people from diverse backgrounds, making it a job that keeps you both physically and culturally on top. Here's a list of the world's most walkable city holiday ideas, too, if you're needing some inspo.
If you're going to be traversing the globe, don't forget about what you need! Getting yourself a bag cover that sets it apart from everyone else's in baggage claim means a quick trip for all.
Is there anything more Aussie? The health perks of being a lifeguard are many. Not only do you get to be outdoors and soak up some vitamin D (remember to slip, slop, slap, though!), if not keeping busy rescuing people you will no doubt stay fit by training to ensure you are strong enough to swim through currents and waves.
You'll need a towel, too, so why not keep it trendy and get yourself a nice Turkish towel? They're striped, thin and dry quickly, so always ready to go. See more on BHG Shop.
Waiter or waitress
Running back and forth between the kitchen, bar and customers while carrying heavy plates involves a lot more physical work than people expect and will definitely keep your fitness level in check.
Keep up with how many steps you take using this snazzy (and pink!) fitness tracker from BHG Shop. Works just like a Fitbit. Check it out by clicking here.
As a yoga instructor you dedicate your life to health, fitness and mindfulness. Not only do you keep active teaching yoga routines several hours of the day, yoga teachers are also known to practice spirituality, which keeps your mental health in balance.
To do this, you'll need a yoga mat. Here's where you can buy one on BHG Shop.