It’s been about a year since I first joined the gym. Before I joined, the typical habits and diet of a busy sales person was starting to have some effects. Fast food was a regular occurrence during the week, usually one night a weekend was spent drinking lots of beer and there was usually one night a week in the pub. A good full year of that whilst being single meant that I was starting to look a bit wibbly wobby!
It wasn’t just in the looks department where I was starting to suffer. My general fitness was on the down slope and this also had a negative effect at work. I was feeling sluggish, very unmotivated, tired all the time. Obviously this wasn’t having a positive effect on my conversion rates. So, I got me an awesome girlfriend and really looked at my lifestyle and decided I needed to make a positive change.
I joined the gym. We have gym equipment at home, but if it was at home I was likely to not use it as when I stepped through the door I was just going to sit down and not bother. I thought if I signed up for the gym and paid every month, the tight Yorkshireness in me will make me go as I won’t want to waste the money. It was a wise move as I have not missed a single week at the gym. I have made sure I go between 2-5 per week depending on how busy I am.
Since going, I have lost half a stone, toned up – much to the appreciation of my girlfriend! But most importantly I feel more alert, more awake, less tired, more energetic, the body feels less achey and I am FAR more efficient now than I was this time last year. Quotes are going out quicker, conversion rates have taken a positive move upwards and more is being done around the office. What I have noticed is that my mental creativity has also shot up. I am always thinking of new ideas for the blog, for the business, for all sorts in fact! If only I had the time and the money to implement them all!
I guess my point is here is that a healthy body makes a healthy mind and will have a positive impact on you and your business. If you are a salesmen it is very easy to slip into many bad habits in terms of food and drink, but if you don’t keep it in check it will start to have a negative effect on your body. People in all areas of our industry really do owe it to themselves to take care of their bodies and live a healthy lifestyle. Our industry is a stressful one, being healthy is one good way to offset that. Plus bosses will like the extra productivity!
I agree entirely; I also think that people would prefer to deal with a healthy looking person rather than one who looks like they might not make it through their presentation. I think that it gives people trust in that they are not only successful in business but also in their personal life.
That’s the way I see it. I always seem concerned for the reps that come see us who are overweight as this is quite a busy job and they look to struggle. Though a rep from Yale has done what I did and decided enough was enough and got fit. He’s lost uber amounts of weight, he’s full of energy, looks better and he says he feels a world different and for the better!
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