Fitness Is Part of Our Job Too

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Elite, Scottsdale AZ

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.Brandon and Merrill

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!

Comments (10)

Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

Well, now, you've got me thinking.  I've been trying to get myself motivated to make a lifestyle change for health, maybe a personal trainer is just what the doctor ordered!

Feb 12, 2010 06:21 AM
Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

My lifestyle is quite active as I live on a ranch and have 9 horses. However, I  now need to actually step it up and do some concentrated activity as well.

Feb 12, 2010 06:25 AM
Susan Neal
RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker

Good for you, Merrill!  That's great!  In our office, our responsible broker has recently lost a lot of weight and has challenged us all to get healthier.  There is a segment at each of our office meetings to discuss health and diet issues.

Feb 12, 2010 06:28 AM
David Henke
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Newtown Square, PA
Realtor, Homes Just West of Philadelphia PA

You are so right.  Had a trainer on the West coast who made more difference in the first month than years of prior independent workouts - never had any idea what was coming next but it worked.  Alas, he retired and have never have found a good replacement.

Feb 12, 2010 06:33 AM
Bob Harris
BHG Real Estate III - Charlottesville, VA
Charlottesville VA Real Estate

Totally agree that fitness is part of our job. Not sure I totally agree with the necessity of a personal trainer. What's most important is that we move more and consume less. Energy in must at least be equaled by energy out. There seems to be three types of systems employed in fitness centers. Those are work out alone, work out in a group, and work out with a personal trainer. What's important is to find a system or combination of systems that fit your needs and "just do it". Then keep doing it because it's a life time commitment. Being fit may or may not extend our lives, but it sure makes living the life we have more fun.

Feb 12, 2010 06:34 AM
R. Michael Brown
R. Michael Brown LLC Digital Marketing & Public Relations - West Palm Beach, FL
Communication that increases sales!

Merrill: Make me do it! Bug me! Don't let me slack off! 

I used to be ranked 48 in the country in my sport 38 years ago and now the only way I could beat someone is if we both jumped off a cliff together. In fact at my weight, I could give them a head start and I would still beat them to the bottom! 

Great reminder! Your "brand" is not only your promise to customers but image too!

Feb 12, 2010 06:51 AM
Linda Metallo DiBenardo
RE/MAX Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

Fitness is everyone's job.  Look around,there are just too many Americans waddling around these days.

Feb 12, 2010 07:20 AM
Merrill Moss
HomeSmart Elite, Scottsdale AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale AZ Homes For Sale

One of the greatest things about having a personal fitness trainer is this fact: paying for a session with a trainer is in and of itself very motivating. In fact, it is the only way I consistently override my internal excuse-making machine that would otherwise keep me anywhere BUT the gym.

David Henke -- trust me, you can find a good replacement, not a clone, but someone who will make the difference for you. My trainer, Brandon, is himself a replacement for the guy I started with, Brian. When Brian moved out of town I inherited Brandon. It took about three months to successfully make the transition, and now I think Brandon walks on water.

Feb 12, 2010 08:24 AM
Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Ouch! You have hit a raw nerve with me. I know I should, but don't see how I can afford to. I don;t ever to seem to have either the money or the time. Our market is so hard right now, many of us are just barely managing to keep our businesses alfoat. How do we squeeze in a luxury like a personal trainer or even a gym membership? I had to cut mine out of the budget.

Feb 12, 2010 01:28 PM
Merrill Moss
HomeSmart Elite, Scottsdale AZ - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale AZ Homes For Sale

Elva -- Your points are sound. But for me, the money I spend (which admittedly is substantial) is just a form of paying it forward to ensure better health and ultimately, quality of life. It's the LAST discretionary expenditure I'll cut because in the final analysis, these things are priceless.

Feb 15, 2010 07:21 AM