Since I started Real Estate I have put on a fair amount of beef. And me been ex military I would have thought I would have been quite well disciplined to get out there and keep in shape. But what I did not bargin for was the amount of mentally draining work that Real Estate would throw at me. Especially starting up in a downward market. One thing that really blew me off course was meals. During the day I would eat bugger all and then have a huge meal to fill me up at night, I would then sit down and do my computer work and database before going to bed.
Now this lifestyle from what I understand is pretty typical of someone in this profession and I am always hearing of people complaining saying they have the Real Estate Chub. Now I thought to myself I need to do exercise to get back in shape. RIGHT. I knew the answer but do you think I could get into the mood to do it. NO! The problem was with a start getting motivated. Here a few things that I thought that may help you if you’re in the same situation as I was.
Getting motivated to exercise can often times be harder than exercise itself. The important part is taking the first step, even if you don’t want to start by putting your workout clothes on. This will send a signal to your brain that you are getting prepared to work out. Now, commit to just 5 minutes of exercise, chances are once you get going you won’t want to stop! Recent studies that doing just 20 minutes of exercise three times a week can increase your energy levels by 20%! Having more energy will give you motivation to do more exercise and to stick with it. This is the beginning of a great cycle! Here are a few things I think are interesting relating to exercise.
1.) Caffeine isn’t the enemy. At one point it was believed that caffeine before a workout would make you dehydrated. This just isn’t the case, studies have shown that those who consume caffeine before a workout were able to move faster and go longer than those who did not consume caffeine before their workout. This jolt will stimulate your mind and body giving you a much needed boost to start and stick with your exercise plan.
2.) Find a fitness buddy. Finding a friend to exercise with can make the process much more enjoyable. You are more likely to stick with exercise if you have someone with you, cheering you on. Working out with someone else will push you to go further or longer, something you may not challenge yourself to do when you’re alone.
3.) Get your groove on. Finding an up tempo mix to exercise to will give you a much needed boost to get through your exercise. You will also work out much harder and enjoy the exercise if you are listening to your favourite music.
4.) Try a supplement. It is very important to consume at least 15mg of zinc a day. Zinc will keep you from feeling short of breath during your workout.
But the other thing is exercise itself will not get you the results by themselves. Eating a healthy diet and having regular meal times are actually just as important. Our bodies are an amazing thing and we need to keep them in focus. This will give us more energy and more focus for the day ahead and trust me in our game we need to be on the ball.