These Are the 20 Most Physically Active Professions

Most of us have had those days when we realize we’ve barely taken more than 50 steps in our 9-5 confines, thanks to the constant workload that keeps us at our desk and behind a screen.

There’s a reason why ‘office ass’ became a (much-feared) term.

Indeed, when it comes to the workplace, not all are created equal with regards to the level of physical activity you’ll enjoy. And, if you’re not careful, your job can become the reason your jeans no longer fit. The good news is, this fate is avoidable (read on).

Drawing on data from the Occupational Information Network, Business Insider published a piece on the most physically active occupations. The publication looked at ratings for five different types of physical activity: dynamic strength, explosive strength, time spent walking or running, stamina, and trunk strength. All were ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high).

Of course, some are more obvious than others, but there are a few surprises on the list.

You can find the full list here, but here are the top 20:

1. Dancers
2. Fitness trainers and aerobics instructors
3. Structural iron and steel workers
4. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers
5. Forest firefighters
6. Fence erectors
7. Athletes and sports competitors
8. Fallers (people who cut down trees, FYI)
9. Correctional officers and jailers
10. Manufactured building and mobile home installers
11. Stonemasons (tie)
11. Cement masons and concrete finishers (tie)
13. Construction carpenters
14. Choreographers
15. Brickmasons and blockmasons
16. Adhesive bonding machine operators and tenders
17. Helpers — installation, maintenance, and repair workers (tie)
17. Roofers (tie)
19. Helpers — brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons, and tile and marble setters
20. Landscaping and groundskeeping workers (tie)
20. Waiters and Waitresses (tie)

If your job is miles away from making the list, fear not. There are ways you can incorporate fitness into your daily office routine. Check out these 16 ways you can workout at work (yes, even if you have a desk job).