Manual labor and low class jobs in today’s society are grossly underrated. Sure, the work isn’t fun and the pay isn’t great, but unlike sitting in an office, they won’t make you fat.
Having a job at McDonald’s, even with unlimited amounts of free food, won’t necessarily make you fat. Sitting around all day will. One of my first jobs was at a movie theater. One of the perks, on top of the $8 an hour and reeking of popcorn grease all the time, is unlimited free soda, popcorn, and Icees. It was common for me to go through two or three Icees a night, which aren’t exactly healthy for you, considering they are nothing but carbs and sugar.
But yet, I never gained a single pound despite my Icee binges.
It’s because when I wasn’t sucking on pure sugar, I was running around like a maniac. If I was working in concessions, it was non-stop chaos. If I was on theater duty, I was running from theater to theater, and then running up and down stairs sweeping stuff up. The only sitting job in that position was when you worked the ticket counter, which I didn’t do once in my six months at that job.
And it wasn’t even remotely difficult to maintain my weight.
Now that I work an office job, it’s much different. I don’t struggle with it by any means, but I have no doubts that if I was not working out six days a week, I’d be a total fatass by now. Even still, I’m not as lean as I’d like to be, and I eat too much junk food, admittedly.
That brings me to my main point – manual labor, or low class jobs are grossly underrated for one reason – they keep you fit.
Is construction working a glamorous profession? No, but those guys are often in fantastic shape.
Are waiters or waitresses pulling in big bucks? No, but they are on their feet all day and are usually slim.
Are valets all loser stoner college dropouts? Well, from experience they sometimes are, but that job kept me in great shape, sprinting around and fetching cars all night.
The point I’m trying to make is, working flipping burgers is honestly more healthy for you than sitting in an office all day. So the next time you’re in line at Taco Bell, and you’re looking down on the person taking your order, think about your BMI versus theirs.