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Make being healthy your life’s work.

05 Jul 2018

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First, some of the healthiest choices.

It’s not hard to understand why a nutritionist might be a healthy, happy individual. It’s their job to make recommendations around diet to help their clients live healthier lives. If they’re walking the talk and live their dietary mantra like they should, then we think they’d be up there with some of the healthiest people – and certainly have one of the healthiest career choices.

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Similarly, a fitness instructor might find it hard to attract new clients if they aren’t fit themselves. Whether they’re running several classes a day or demonstrating workouts for personal training sessions, they’re usually on their feet for most of the day. This combined with a well-moderated diet and drinking plenty of water puts fitness instructors up there in the healthy career stakes.

All the fresh air and constant activity that landscape gardeners do helps lay the ‘groundwork’ for them to be in good condition too. Planting, mowing, digging and lifting are all great calorie burners and being out in the open also has a positive impact on mood, mentality and general calmness. They don’t call them zen gardens for nothing!

Now, this one got us scratching our heads a bit.

Becoming a software engineer may not seem like the obvious choice for a healthy career path, but health is influenced as much by your mental state as physical condition. And this career type is associated with some of the most progressive companies out there for healthy workplaces. Em-ployers such as Google and Facebook have been at the leading-edge of workplace initiatives such as flexible working hours, exercise rooms, free healthy food options and standing desks – making for an unlikely candidate for a healthy career option.

Finally on our list of healthy jobs are small business employees. It appears being more personally connected to the company you work for, rather than feeling like a cog in a wheel, has a beneficial impact on mental health. Feeling like you’re involved and that your opinions matter are positive reasons to consider a role with a small business rather than a large corporation.

And some that could be hazardous to your health:

Respected health professionals though they are, dentists don’t seem to figure too highly in the “healthy jobs” stakes. This probably has something to do with their long-term exposure to a wide range of unpleasant germs and the fairly sedentary nature of the role.

Flight attendants too, are open to contaminants, germs, radiation and the long-term effects of se-rious jet lag and overnight shifts. Clearly, it’s not all glamour up there in the jet-stream.

These, of course, are just a few example vocations that can have real impacts on your overall health – and something you might want to keep in mind if you’re thinking of a career change any-time soon. The point is, keeping well while you work is as important as how much you earn and how much satisfaction it gives you.

Why not check out our list of easy-to-follow tips to keep you energised and engaged at work as well?

Important things to know

Information correct as at September 2018