Working in the physical fitness field at a gym or as a personal trainer is one way to get paid and stay in shape. If you enjoy the people and like the facility, you can have fun at the same time. But there are other options out there that can provide you with a good time and a healthy, active 40-hour week so you don’t even have to go to the gym if you don’t feel like it.
If you enjoy being out in your yard, trimming and weeding on your days off, a job as a groundskeeper or landscaper is an ideal way for you to enjoy your favorite pastime and get paid at the same time. In 2011, landscapers and groundskeepers earned a median income of $23,410, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics or BLS. You could eventually turn your experience into a small business of your own to increase your earnings. Plus, think of all the gym fees and dues you’ll save.
Fly all over the world while you're moving around about 95 percent of the time as a flight attendant, reports CNBC. You’ll have to watch what you eat in the airports and on planes, but you won’t have to worry about working out when you land at the exotic destinations. Just continue walking around while investigating the many places you land. You also don’t need a degree or a lot of training to get into the field, which in 2010 earned flight attendants a median income of $37,740, notes the BLS.
Before treadmills, stair climbers and elliptical trainers hit the market, someone has to spend a significant amount of time trying them out before they meet the standards of the ASTM, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. That’s right, get a job as a treadmill tester and you could end up walking about 1,235 miles a year, like the test walkers at Life Fitness. Just walk away the hours and leave with a paycheck each week. If you’re hired as a quality control inspector, you could earn the median income of $33,030 as the BLS reported for the job in 2010.
While many people take a day or two each year to get in a canoe or kayak and travel down a long winding river far from the stress of the office and cell phones, you could actually get paid for taking those same poor office workers on their dream vacation. The BLS says that river rafting guides made a median income of about $15 an hour in 2009, but that tips dramatically improves the take-home pay. Stay in shape and work outdoors on the river doing what others save up for all year.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011 -- Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Flight Attendants
- Standardization News: Enhancing Product Safety in the Fitness Equipment Industry
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Quality Control Inspectors
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Working Vacations –- Jobs in Tourism and Leisure
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."