There is no question that people work extremely hard in the real estate industry. Although a hard-working drive can get you far in life financially, people sometimes forget about their health. If you don’t have good health, what do you have?
Finding that balance between work and self-care is not the first thing on everyone’s mind in real estate. Realtors and homebuyers are known to work more than 60 hours a week. With that intense workweek, there’s not much time to paint the lifestyle. Can you make it to the gym after working 12 hours a day? A special few might be able to pull this off, but for most it is impossible.
Today, we will discuss best practices to maintain a healthy lifestyle while working in the real estate industry.
1.) Purchase a Gym Membership
Working out and exercising at home is something that many of us were forced to do last year. While some of us thrived, many of us lost motivation to continue working out. There is something about working out next to others that is motivating!
As real estate professionals, we are constantly on the road. Many realtors spend their entire workday helping clients buy a house. Others work on the sale-side, attempting to sell a property for a homeowner. Either way, one thing that most real estate professionals do have in common is that each day is different from the next.
By purchasing a gym membership, you give yourself more opportunities to work out while you are out and about during the day. Ideally, try to find a gym that has multiple locations. Franchises like 24 Hour Fitness have many locations that can accommodate you throughout your travels.
Realtors and homebuyers usually have odd hours throughout the day. On certain days, you can get home early, and others very late. To counteract an unpredictable schedule, consider hitting the gym sometime during the middle of your workday. Map out where you will be when showing houses, and try to exercise at the gym in between appointments when possible.
“The greatest productivity boost can come from exercising during the middle of the day.” – Richard Branson
2.) Visit a Chiropractor
Depending on the day, real estate professionals are either sitting for long periods of time or on their feet all day. In between appointments, realtors drive from house to house. Spending time in the car can make your back feel stiff.
By visiting a chiropractor, you can keep your spine aligned and maintain your health regardless of your workday. Real estate professionals can receive chiropractic care even when they are not injured. This type of wellness can be proactive instead of reactive.
Similar to going to the gym, the better you feel throughout your workout, the more productive you will be. Professional chiropractors can improve your posture and help your body stay loose throughout the day.
For house remodelers that handle most of the general contracting themselves, a chiropractor can be a great person to have in your life. Remodeling a home requires a ton of physical labor. Injuries can happen on the job site. Chiropractic care can obviously help you recover from an injury. But more importantly, you can keep your body feeling good each day going into a home remodel. Injuries can delay home renovation projects by weeks if you suffer from a serious injury.
3.) Eat Healthy
Busy real estate professionals are notorious for eating unhealthily when on the road. If you have a busy day, it’s very tough to sit down and eat a salad. Many people in real estate choose the alternative: quick, fast food.
Along with exercises and seeing the chiropractor, eating a healthy diet is extremely important to maintaining a well-balanced lifestyle. “You are what you eat.” Having cheat days here and there is fine. However, if you eat unhealthy foods over a long period of time, your body will feel the results. Not only can this affect you physically, but it can also affect how you feel mentally.
Have you ever felt sluggish or mentally foggy after eating a bunch of heavy, greasy, oily foods? What we put into our bodies greatly affects how we feel throughout our day. Realtors that are rushing to sell a home this winter before the snow comes are constantly on the move. The best way to maintain high energy through your workday in real estate is by taking care of yourself and your body.
Consider bringing a packed lunch on certain workdays. This puts you in the driver’s seat. You are in full control of what you eat, and therefore do not have an excuse if you eat healthily. By making your lunch in advance, you can also save time by not having to eat out during the workday. Eating a clean diet can boost how you feel and help you remain productive throughout your day working in real estate.
Life is a balancing act. Real estate professionals know that first hand. It’s challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle when your work schedule in unpredictable and your hours are long. Real estate agents and homebuyers are consistently affected by this. Take your health seriously and give back to yourself throughout your day. It will make you feel better physically and mentally when working in real estate.