The idea of working in an active job can be daunting, but although it can be tiring, there are many benefits to working in a more physical role.
If you’re considering changing your career or taking a new role in a physical job, you may have reservations about whether you’d enjoy a more active job. The most common concern is feeling exhausted and having low-energy levels throughout the day, as well as in your downtime after work. No one wants their evenings and weekends ruined by feeling tired and run down. However, as most physical labourers will tell you, you soon adapt to working in a physical role, and there are actually plenty of benefits of working in an active job. From feeling happier to sleeping better and perks of the job, let’s find out more!
Improve Your Fitness
Let’s start off with the most obvious benefit of working in an active role - you’ll improve your fitness level! Whether your job involves heavy lifting, plenty of walking, or operating machinery, any time spent moving is great for your body and a lot better for you than being sat at a desk all day. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your level of fitness improves, and with a better level of fitness comes a healthier BMI and body weight. This also decreases your risk of developing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
It goes without saying that when you’re physically worn out and your muscles are aching after a long day, you will sleep much better. Not only will you have a better night's sleep overall, but you’ll also fall asleep a lot faster, deeper, higher quality sleep. But don’t get this confused with needing more sleep - aim for the recommended between 6-9 hours a night.
In most physical roles, you’ll be provided with a full uniform or items of safety clothing/footwear or even PPE. Having set workwear to put on every morning will save you time every single day, and is one less decision for you to have to make at the start of your working day. Being provided with appropriate safety items too, such as safety boots or work gloves, will also allow you to carry out your job to the best of your ability while also keeping you safe and free from injury.
Can Improve Your Mood
Being active on a regular basis can have a surprising effect on your overall mood. You might know that when your body exercises endorphins are released, which are a natural feel-good hormone. This is exactly why regular activity can have such a positive effect on your mental health and wellbeing. Especially if you’re working outside! The power of time spent outdoors in fresh air is seriously underrated, especially if you get to enjoy the warmer weather in the Summer.
Sense of Achievement
Whilst working in a physical job can be tiring, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of clocking off for the day after looking back at what you’ve achieved. Working physically gives us such a huge sense of accomplishment, especially if your role involves the construction and you can quite literally see your achievements at the end of the day. Getting home and relaxing on the sofa, in a hot bath, or in bed feels a million times more satisfying when you’ve worked a long, hard day too!
As you can see, working in a physical job is so much more beneficial to your overall health and state of mind than you might first think. If you’re still not convinced, then we’d love to hear your thoughts and concerns below in the comments. We’d also love to hear from anyone who works in an active job and enjoys it!