One of the best things you can do financially for yourself is be smart about the things that you do in the limited amount of time you have each day. Most people who decide that they need to get more exercise immediately think about joining a gym. While this is certainly one way to get more exercise, there are many alternative ways to get exercise at no cost. By being a bit creative, it’s actually possible to make money (instead of spending money on a gym membership) while you exercise. Here are a few examples of how you can make this happen:
Why not try dog walking? You’ll get a lot of exercise and if you’re an animal lover, you’ll get to spend time hanging out with dogs. What’s not to like about that? Plus, dogs have endless energy and you’ll really have to work out to keep up with them.
Working as a tour guide is another great opportunity for earning money while you exercise. Whether you’re a tour guide for a college, a museum, or a city, you’re going to be walking for several hours each day. Tour guides get a good work out, and even though you may be walking at a leisurely pace, you’re still exercising.
In some cities and towns, some businesses have opted for deliveries to be performed on foot or bicycle. Cycling is a wonderful way to work out as it helps strengthen and tone your legs and abs. Not to mention, cycling as part of a delivery job not only provides you a paycheck, but tips as well. If you have an 8 hour shift and you’re cycling for half of the shift, that’s 4 hours you’re spending on a bike. That’s more of a workout than most people get in one day. And you’re going to get paid — and tipped — for it!
Landscaping can sometimes be as easy as maintaining your yard or as tough as building a stone patio or redoing the exterior of a house. Landscaping can be a career path or something you decide to do in your spare time. Regardless, you’re going to get a pretty good workout, especially if your landscaping job is more labor intensive. If you’re the type who enjoys landscaping in your free time, offer your services to neighbors or friends. That way you can get your workout and get paid for your services at the same time.
Shoveling Snow/Raking Leaves
So many people hate shoveling their driveways or raking leaves from their yard. It’s time-consuming and a chore that not many people like doing. If you’re strapped for cash, hire yourself out as to shovel snow or rake leaves. Even if you only spend an hour on each driveway or yard, you’re still getting in a pretty good workout. Not to mention, you’re probably making some decent cash as well!
Mowing lawns is another activity you can participate in to earn money while exercising. In fact, some people call this the lawnmower diet. Of course, this requires the type of lawn mower that you have to push, not one you ride on. This means cutting the lawn takes longer, but you’re also spending more energy to get the job done. It might not seem appealing, but just think of how many people hate mowing their lawns and who would gladly pay you to do it instead.
Teach an Athletic Class
If you happen to be great at a specific sport, aerobic activity, or fitness routine, get your certification and teach a class. This way you’re actually partaking in a fitness routine while getting paid to do so. Best of all, if you choose to teach a group class, you’re going to make a significant amount of money.
Be a Masseuse
You must be wondering how you’re going to exercise while giving a massage, right? After all, massages are supposed to be relaxing and not at all energizing. But did you know that you can lose 300 calories by giving someone an hour-long massage? Being a masseuse requires a lot of upper body strength and it’s a surprisingly good workout. People pay a lot for massages, so you can also set a decent price for your services.
Work at a Camp or Park
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you like sports or hiking? Why not get a job at a camp or park? Most camps, especially if they’re summer camps for children, require a lot of energy since you’re constantly on the move. If you’re on the go for 8 hours, you’re going to really feel the burn by the time you get home.
Do Odd Jobs Around the House
Many people are looking for someone to do odd jobs around their house. This could range from fixing broken appliances, renovating a room, landscaping, running errands, cleaning, carrying furniture, or helping move large items. While some of these activities will be more of a work out than others, you’re still getting exercise. And if someone’s paying you to help them out, why not do it?
These are just a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. There are actually dozens of more ways that you can get exercise and make money at the same time. It’s worthwhile taking a moment to consider how you can do this in a way that suits your lifestyle and you may find that getting in shape can actually make your bank account a little heftier.
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