I've noticed a lot of unhealthy looking, clearly unfit REALTORS®, but very little blogging on the subject of fitness. I think it might just be one of those uncomfortable topics in our industry. This is not going to be a rant, though I do believe that Fitness Is Part of Our Job Too.
I'm 65 and not naturally inclined to working out, or anything physical for that matter. But I've never been in better shape or health in my life, and I owe it all to one thing: getting serious about, and finding ways to enjoy, better physical fitness.
In a nutshell, I found a personal fitness trainer at the gym where I always maintained a membership but almost never went. Sound familiar?
The gym offered a special -- a free week of personal training sessions -- so on a whim I said what the hell, I wonder what that might be like.
Of course, it changed my life. I've been training with a personal trainer ever since, for over three years now. What's more, I do my aerobic activity by running and training for half marathons.
I'm not fast, but I always cross the finish line. Not a bad metaphor for life in general, and real estate in particular.
The benefits are obvious -- better weight control, better overall health, better resistance to disease, better mental acuity, better job performance, better confidence, better self-esteem. That's quite a list.
FYI, the picture is of me (on the left) with my personal trainer Brandon Harris of Premier Fitness Systems in Scottsdale (sorry the photo is fuzzy -- I didn't take it). This guy's a genius, and if you decide to give personal training a try, it's important that you find a similarly superior trainer. You want someone:
a) You really, really like -- you have to be able to connect
b) Who will do more than put you on a machine and simply count reps, for example, someone who employs routines that work more than one muscle/muscle group at a time
c) Who is creative in devising routines, to keep things fresh
d) Who will push you way beyond where you would go yourself, without intimidating you
If you find someone who meets these criteria, you could be on your way to the new you!