Fitness and The Workplace

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    Nov 01, 2007 9:32 PM GMT
    I am currently moving from Kerrville, TX to San Antonio.

    I have been searching for a new place and a new job to get myself settled into a new life.

    My passion is to seek out gay-owned and operated businesses in the area that also have a bit of physical activity to keep my body in shape.

    I have applied at many local chain fitness centers, but I wonder what other kind of jobs offer great pay with the option of physical activity.

    My experience over ten years includes mostly construction work owed by my family members. I can build a fence while manuevering my body like a workout when mixing cement or digging holes.

    What and how does your job keep you fit? Not fit?
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 01, 2007 10:09 PM GMT
    Well I am a professional and run my own firm. I'm in the office frequently, but am in my car and out and about. I'm so focused on fitness, it isn't an issue. Between cardio workouts and my time at the gym my office time causes no issues. I even try and just walk distances (with the beagles). I enjoy it all. Just need to take time to swim on a few days I don't work out at the gym.
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    Nov 01, 2007 11:53 PM GMT
    Farming can keep you in shape, except a lot of traditional methods are decidedly non-ergonomic. Mechanized methods aren't so great as exercise. And forget about the "great pay" bit.

    My (paid) work is mostly sitting at a desk, or standing at a lab bench (except for the rare field trip.) Since moving back to the family farm, I go out and do farm work as kind of an exercise break. Pruning fruit trees is a great upper body workout, but economically futile, I'm afraid.

    I keep toying with the idea of making the place a "dude ranch" type of operation. City folk could come out and get a little fresh air, good exercise, and do my work for me.
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    Nov 02, 2007 12:40 AM GMT
    I live in San Antonio.
    There are very few gay theme-gay owned businesses in San Antonio.
    There is a lot of construction work here as there is always expansion in the city.
    I have also worked at chain gyms over the years. The pay sucks for the most part and people here don't stick around that long which is why a lot of us end up personal training as an independent.
    San Antonio is a pretty conservative city and not progressive like Dallas or Houston or even Austin.
    I hope you have success here- what you make out of it will determine how well you get acclimated.
    Ric
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    Nov 02, 2007 12:45 AM GMT
    Get real.

    Fags are everywhere. Fag own a buttload of businesses.

    Virtually any gym is upwards of 30% gay, I'm guessing, sometimes more, on any given day. Shit...last week, I was hit on by two 20-something married guys.

    If you want work. Construction is nice and demanding and everywhere.

    Lots of gay folks make bookoo $. Last week, I was at a leather bar, and met no less than four guys well into 6 figures.

    Go work at the gym. Sugar daddies are everywhere.

    LOL.

    The world isn't straight. Never was. Never will be. Nothing is more natural than being straight, bi, or gay.

    It's silly...all the fuss.

  • SeaMichael

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    Nov 02, 2007 3:45 AM GMT
    My work keeps me fit the best way possible - by paying for my gym membership and not bitching about me taking a few or so extra minutes with my lunch to go to the gym. YAY! for health conscious employers!
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:07 AM GMT
    I work in a kitchen as a stir-fry cook. The area I cook in is totally detached from the rest of the kitchen, so there's constant walking back and forth. Our coolers are in the basement, so there's stairs to climb up and down as well.

    Not to mention the rec center, since it's a campus dining hall.
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:19 AM GMT
    Many, many, many, employers have corporate wellness programs. Health insurance is much less expensive for non-smokers, and folks that aren't fat, and they perform better, and take fewer days off. You should ask your employer if he/she/it does.

    As an employer, I will not hire a smoker. They stink. They cough. They take frequent breaks. They have twice as many sick days.

    If a person is fat, that tells me a lot about their discipline, attention to detail, work ethic, and pride in themselves and their work. They, unless they are extremely talented, will not be on my short list.

    Attractive, fit, people, are more likely to advance in the workplace for all those reasons and more. That's why an active lifestyle, and staying trim to built is in your best interests: career-wise, health-wise, happiness-wise. It just makes good sense at nearly every level.

    Given two folks of equal qualifications, I'll pick the fit one every time. It tells me vast amounts about their ability to manage time and balance in their lives.
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:30 AM GMT
    I work for UPS, so I spend at least 3 hours a night lifting and loading boxes into trailers. The other hour or two is spent walking back and forth through the "yard" to find and park trucks. Plus I ride my bike back and forth to work (9 miles or so round trip) most days. I just have to be careful to use proper lifting and lowering technique so I don't injure myself in the process of getting a good workout.

    I get a significant amount of exercise 5 days a week, and I go hiking a lot on weekends. My center is a pretty small one, though, so I'm the only fag on my shift that I know of, which is too bad, but c'est la vie.
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:38 AM GMT
    UPS works their gays extra hard.

    They work everyone extra hard.

    I'm sure you guys have some sort of corporate wellness, too.
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:39 AM GMT
    Ever look at the plans that companies like Google, and Yahoo, and IBM, Microsoft, and ATT have for their employees. Google and Yahoo, in particular, along with Microsoft, have some amazing bennies.
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    Nov 02, 2007 5:44 AM GMT
    They do have a wellness program, but it's mostly geared towards the information side (certainly good, but this site is just as good) and tobacco cessation. I wish they'd subsidize gym memberships, but alas they don't.

    Oh well, they make up for it with fucking fabulous health insurance, and the job gives me tons of exercise.
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    Nov 02, 2007 3:10 PM GMT
    ChuckystudMany, many, many, employers have corporate wellness programs. Health insurance is much less expensive for non-smokers, and folks that aren't fat, and they perform better, and take fewer days off. You should ask your employer if he/she/it does.

    As an employer, I will not hire a smoker. They stink. They cough. They take frequent breaks. They have twice as many sick days.

    If a person is fat, that tells me a lot about their discipline, attention to detail, work ethic, and pride in themselves and their work. They, unless they are extremely talented, will not be on my short list.

    Attractive, fit, people, are more likely to advance in the workplace for all those reasons and more. That's why an active lifestyle, and staying trim to built is in your best interests: career-wise, health-wise, happiness-wise. It just makes good sense at nearly every level.

    Given two folks of equal qualifications, I'll pick the fit one every time. It tells me vast amounts about their ability to manage time and balance in their lives.


    Oh, yeah. You're not an uncompassionate person. You're a ignorant, uncompassionate person.
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    Nov 02, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    Back in March, the company I work for started a 12 week fitness challenge. There's about 400+ employees in this area, and I think about 100 people signed up (there was $5K in prizes awarded). Not only is there a fitness room available, but they also contracted with a local fitness center to put trainers on duty 5 days a week! It was a huge success, and all over the local news. Everyone did such a great job, and it really boosted employee morale, so they kept the trainers on for another 12 weeks. There's even talk about a new challenge starting this winter.

    I think it'd be great of more companies could pull off something like this.
  • paperpete

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    Nov 05, 2007 6:55 PM GMT
    Over here in Northern Ireland, a lot of employers don't even think about employee gym time / membership. To ask for a longer lunch so you can snatch some gym time would probably be met with thoughts of "Hmm, slacker. Just wants to have his cake and eat it".

    What I can say of my own workplace is that my bosses' reaction when I said I rush home to hit the weights every other day made me feel almost as if I'd told them some dirty little secret. If I could join a gym and go during lunch hour, I'd put in a better afternoon's work, that's for sure!
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    Nov 10, 2007 7:14 PM GMT
    Good news!

    After spreading the word around town, I was able to get in contact with this gay couple who run their own Electrical installation company.
    I have no electrical training, but they do know a lot of guys who need the extra help installing privacy fences.

    I've never taken over a contract on my own, but I think I know what to do. I spent 10 fucking years working under my dad and brothers - I'll just do the OPPOSITE of them and make better progress.

    And if the fence thing is short-lived, I posted a "personal shopper for hire" in the paper. I did that 2 years ago and made good cash.
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    It would be good if new workplaces included gyms. Good for the employees. Fit people everywhere. Hunky men and sexy ladies.
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    Nov 20, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan saidWell I am a professional and run my own firm. I'm in the office frequently, but am in my car and out and about. I'm so focused on fitness, it isn't an issue. Between cardio workouts and my time at the gym my office time causes no issues. I even try and just walk distances (with the beagles). I enjoy it all. Just need to take time to swim on a few days I don't work out at the gym.


    Save money that way, right?