Work/Hobbies

Hammerhand

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"But Iron - Cold Iron - is master of them all"
What is your job? How long have you been doing it? Does it help your fitness? If you don't enjoy your work, what would your ideal profession look like? What are your hobbies other than fitness? This is a general work/hobby discussion.

I'll go first. I work in a state campground. It's a good mix of office work and working manually. I just make sure I'm up early enough to workout before my commute. I've been at this job for going on two years. It's by far my favorite I've had. Outside work, I blacksmith, a bit of carpentry, a bit of plinking. Here's a draw knife I've been working on.
 

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lpf

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"“I am, and always will be, the optimist. The hoper of far-flung hopes, and the dreamer of improbable dreams.” (Eleventh Doctor)"
okay.... I work in IT... not that "did you try to turn it off and on again" part.... my job is watching, installing, houskeeping, petting and pampering servers and server farms...
which doesn't really help my fitness as it is sitting at a desk the whole day.... but I love this job... I mean, this is nothing I would tell my boss, but I really enjoy my work.
especially, as I can do it from home.... I love working in home office, I can arrange my work time, so it fits with my daily life.
I am doing this for almost 22 years now. Before I started working in IT, I worked as a bartender in part time to have some money for studying and living...
which ended up in working as a bartender and living but forgetting to study... I also loived working as a bartender, as it helped me a lot to develop personally...
being a more or less introvert person, having to talk to others and getting out of your box/comfort zone was really a good experience.

okay... so outside work and outside my personal fitness stuff, I help to train two handball youth teams... which is a lot of fun.
I also like to take pictures of little Lego people, or nature, or things like that, or Lego combined with nature and other things...

(edit: some typos)
 
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Henry

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Warrior Monk from Ontario Canada
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"KEEP FIT - EAT WELL"
Last job of 13 years was a general labourer for a builder of detached condo's, loved that job, lots of variety. I'm now retired am now 70 so like to lift weights a lot.

I like playing video games on a Xbox 360 someone gave me, mainly RPG, action and adventure, the sword and magic kind of games.
 

Nebulus

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@Hammerhand nice thread topic. Regarding work: i'm a software developer. So my work is absolutely sedentary. Now i can also work mainly from home, which reduces any "unnecessary" movement further. All in all i would say i have real great options to shape my work/life balance while working from home. But one should really take use of the freed up time (no commuting) to get in some workouts. So, having said this, my work is definitely not helping me to get in enough movement.
Main hobbies at the moment are cycling and hang gliding. Some years ago dancing and hiking would also be in this list. And of course working out, bodyweight and/or with dumbbells, pull-up bar, high parallettes etc. But due to a shoulder injury this is very reduced at the moment.
 
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lofivelcro

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"Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today"
I'm a gunsmith and have a small shop. It's what I've learnt, but I also worked in gastronomy for many years before I returned to my original work again. It's been my dream job since I was a teenager and I still enjoy it a lot. I wouldn't say it helps me with fitness, but seeing that I don't sit around at work it's not too bad, either. I also do hunting work during the seasons.

My hobbies mostly are being outdoors, languages and music. I play the bass and fiddle around with e-guitars, mostly abusing them as controllers for playing aroudn with various effects. I can't really play them and have tried learning a few times but somehow never went through with it. I bought a used synthesiser that arrived two days ago and try to get into them, but they're insanely complicated and at the moment I just fiddle around with the knobs and buttons and try to figure out what is doing what.
 

Ratio Tile

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Jedi from Poland
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I'm a translator. Work-from-home, sedentary lifestyle, so I started working out to counter that.

As for hobbies, I'm at a stage when I really want to do everything. I'm into photography, I try to get back to cooking at home, I'm learning to play keyboard to make my own music, and in the future I'd like to learn one more language. In the past I also used to learn how to code, but dropped it. Now I would like to get back to that as well. Oh, and I love to write fiction. I wrote two novels that are now lost somewhere in the Wattpad's oblivion.
 

Maladignia

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Started in IT (front end web programmer) and ended that after 8 years. Six months of administrative work, a short unemployment break due to a lower back hernia and then started as actress in an interactive experience game (prison escape). Picked up the costume management and some IT tasks for that same company but at this moment work for them is reaaaaaally slow with Ukrainian refugees taking up a lot of temporary living space in our empty prisons so less working space for our games. (totally ok, of course, they need it more than we do).
Started as a trauma-actress back in November 2021 and still doing that. Trying to do that full time but there's just not enough shifts. It's partly physical work but mainly 'lying around being wounded'. Shivering from cold is a big part of it though, that involves muscles, right? ;-)
Also, most of my shifts I plan in a town that's 25,5 km from my home town and then I take the (non electric) bike to work; 1:10 hours of cycling one way trip at 20-25 km/hour with quite some luggage. This replaces my workout on work days. On my free days I do about an hour of Darebee workouts and a bit of hometraining with 1 episode of whatever I'm following at that moment.

Hobbies include (amateur) musical, which can be physical workout with the dancing and fight scenes but can also consist of a lot of sitting/standing nearly still. And two hours a week of dancing (hip hop and high heels).
At home I have a standing desk, so not much 'sitting behind the computer'. :)

My ideal job would be more acting (trauma, training and entertainment - no TV) for a better fee (it is quite underpaid), because it is a lot of fun to do and very varied.
 

Fresca

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I'm in early childhood education. It  can be quite physical, if you choose to make it so--hefting them kids around and chasing them around the playground--but it doesn't have to be, and lately I've been choosing more sedentary ways of doing my job. One of the reasons I'm here is I felt some struggle getting off the floor, and there is a lot of sitting on the floor in this job. It has its benefits, though no, I don't really love it. I want to get into a job that's more outdoors and involves fewer feelings charts. (Don't worry, I'm a good teacher, all my kids love me to pieces.)

For hobbies, I've been trying out a lot of little artistic things I never did before. My ADHD brain always wants to chase the rabbits but I never let it, because I knew I wouldn't "stick with it", but I'm trying not to live that way anymore. Why deny myself joy, just because it doesn't last forever? I write. Got into whittling, made a spoon, as is traditional, and now I want to carve some little animals... Took a wood turning class, made a bowl. Got into Islamic geometric art, made some paintings. Painted some tshirts. In decent weather, I spend a lot of time outdoors, learning to identify the things around me, God bless inaturalist! This week I'm on vacation somewhere warm and I've been learning to identify various birds.

Trauma acting sounds really cool! And I honestly didn't know gunsmithing was a thing, I guess I thought guns were all just... Born in factories, haha.
 

Fitato

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Mystic from Kansas
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"Hello"
I'm a college student on disability. I earn some pocket change doing online stuff. I took this semester off due to health issues, but I'm so looking forward to going back in a few weeks!

My hobbies are playing video games, reading, watching YouTube, hiking, bowling, and playing air hockey. I also really love table tennis, but I no longer have easy access to one :(

I should get back into whittling - I've only whittled one thing so far. A fox that looks suspiciously like a pig! I believe I made it in February or so.

I'm also rediscovering my love for heavy metal. So many good songs...
 

Maladignia

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@Maladignia Looks like an interesting career path. I guess no day is the same.

Why no TV tho? Are you not interested in fame & fortune? :LOL:
I have no experience in TV acting but my guess is that it is actually a LOT of just waiting around, redoing things way too many times to get it just right (boooooring :p) still not getting paid a lot unless you are a Big Star and I feel I do not have the looks for it. I think that having an eye prosthetic and thus asymmetric eyes does not really help in the close-up emotional stuff on screen. Too much detail and scrutiny.
For trauma acting it works quite well; when they have to check pupil reflexes this is a very good test to see if they are actually looking instead of just making a quick show of shining a light in your face. :p So there it's a plus. :-D And for the Prison Escape acting we incorporated it into my role (guard lost an eye to an inmate uprising), so that was cool too.

And while I do like to shine on stage and receive applause with our amateur club, I do not crave 'famous person' status. I like my privacy. ;-)
 

Furrymama

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from Ohio USA
Posts: 6
What is your job? How long have you been doing it? Does it help your fitness? If you don't enjoy your work, what would your ideal profession look like? What are your hobbies other than fitness? This is a general work/hobby discussion.

I'll go first. I work in a state campground. It's a good mix of office work and working manually. I just make sure I'm up early enough to workout before my commute. I've been at this job for going on two years. It's by far my favorite I've had. Outside work, I blacksmith, a bit of carpentry, a bit of plinking. Here's a draw knife I've been working on.
I've been working in call centers for over 20 years, answering calls sitting at a desk all day. My current job allows me to work from home most days of the week, so I can get on my treadmill as soon as I clock out. When I'm in the office, I have a standing desk, so I will use that to get some movement in. Otherwise, I will walk to get my lunch out. It's not much at this time, but it's a start.
 

Fitato

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Mystic from Kansas
Posts: 193
"Hello"
I have a job interview on Monday. Very nervous! I keep panicking about needing to buy professional pants for the interview before remembering it's a video interview. Crazy how I've panicked about this 20 times and just keep forgetting I don't need to worry about that right now!! Lol.

The position is to be a behavioral health technician :)
 

Furrymama

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from Ohio USA
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I have a job interview on Monday. Very nervous! I keep panicking about needing to buy professional pants for the interview before remembering it's a video interview. Crazy how I've panicked about this 20 times and just keep forgetting I don't need to worry about that right now!! Lol.

The position is to be a behavioral health technician :)
Sometimes dressing the part puts a person in the frame of mind to interview for the position wanted. Just some "food for thought".
 
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