Think Thin Thursday ~ Don't Confuse WORK with EXERCISE

Real Estate Agent with Florida Supreme Realty SL514814

A day in the life of a Real Estate Associate can be exhausting and while you may get home and just want to kick your feet up on the coffee table at the end of it know that it did have a benefit BUT it was not EXERCISE. What wore you out was Physical Activity and not EXERCISE. The latter is comprised of an intentional physical activity which is purposeful, planned, structured and most important repetitive. Both maintain your fitness level while exercise is used to improve it.

Whatever your level of fitness is there's a cumulative effect of work and exercise which gets you to that level. To go beyond you'll need to add to the normal routine. As I age the tendency is to perform these activities in a more efficient manner. Not necessarily more weight or more repetition but higher intensity. Age brings some limitation although a lot of it is in our minds and not the body. To those who use weights or machines in their workout try slowing down your reps? Three seconds on the contraction and 7 to 10 seconds for the negative motion. It takes a lot more effort and concentration to match the normal amount of repetitions you used to do although it's a great way to introduce new muscle fiber to the party. Another addition to this can be a simple hard squeeze at the point of full muscle contraction, hold it for 1 to 2 seconds then continue, sounds easy but it isn't. Always have a spotter when experimenting with something new!


It's all about HEART HEALTH and not so much how we attain it. In my prime I had a resting pulse of 43 BPM. Two years ago I was at 78 and today it's 61. I want to be in the mid 50's and believe I can get there which isn't bad for a sexagenarian. Addressing the runners and swimmers or those more aerobically inclined take a look at your workout and find points along your route where an incline may exist and use it to your advantage by sprinting that segment. Swimmers may want to sprint 50 yards at a time in one minute intervals. If you can get through twenty of these that's fantastic. I hope you're grasping the idea. It's not how much time you spend doing something it's are you getting the benefit from your time spent.


Small form changes will bring big gains to your overall fitness. 


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Comments (5)

Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Just so you know Kevin J. May this is my 'rest' day...I work out 6 days a week...usually I crave exercise but today was closing & gutter work & if the tide was lower I would walk the beach...there is tomorrow...good for you!

Nov 01, 2018 12:09 PM
Kevin J. May

I think you're going to love next week's TTT post Ginny. You know I'm always impressed whether it's low or high tide!

Nov 01, 2018 02:05 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Love your accomplishments and congratulations to you big time.  Wishing you a marvelous November.  Cheers!  A

Nov 01, 2018 01:27 PM
Kevin J. May

It only takes a small piece of commitment and changes abound. Wow, you're comment is overwhelming Alexandra and it's only November 1st! Thank You

Nov 01, 2018 02:10 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Kevin- first of all, glad the Halloween face is gone!!!   I just checked my resting HB and it was 54. It has been higher. Your health is so important, so glad that you're on top of things. Thank you for sharing this with us each week to help keep us motivated. 

Nov 01, 2018 06:11 PM
Kevin J. May

That's the number I would like to see. No one realizes how important their health is until it begins to disappear. Working my way back one step at a time.

Nov 02, 2018 10:12 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Kevin.  I'm in search of the holy grail of exercise.  Something fun, easy and beneficial.  I've had no luck so far.

Nov 05, 2018 04:39 AM
Kevin J. May

With every step you're that much closer to finding it Gabe.

Nov 05, 2018 09:02 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks so much for your encouragement.

I have not maintained my exercise program.

Nov 05, 2018 09:45 AM
Kevin J. May

There are times when taking a break can be just as important as the exercise Roy.

Nov 05, 2018 10:14 AM