House cleaner health and fitness is very important. If you want to last in the business, you have to take care of your physical body. This is why you have to find different ways to exercise and stay fit.
Today we talk about Angela Brown’s plan for fitness and her thoughts on house cleaners staying fit!
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Hey there, I’m Angela Brown, and this is Ask a House Cleaner. This is a show where you get to ask a house cleaning question, and I get to help you find an answer. You can find this and 400 other answered questions in this series on our YouTube channel.
How Do You Stay Healthy as a House Cleaner?
How do you stay healthy as a house cleaner? This is about the house cleaner themselves, but it is not about house cleaning. The question came in, it comes in a lot, “How do you take care of your body, your physical body, as a house cleaner?”
I believe this is super important as a house cleaner or as a cleaning business owner running a team of other house cleaners.
What is Physical Fitness?
What is physical fitness, and what does it have to do with your body, and why does it matter as a house cleaner? Those are all the questions that have come in, and I’m going to bundle them all together.
It comes down to this. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live. It doesn’t matter what kind of house you live in, or how much money you make. You are given one tool, and that one tool will determine the rest of your forever.
That one tool is your physical body. You are given your own physical body. It’s your biggest asset. I want you to start thinking in terms of, I have a multi-million-dollar machine that can do all kinds of things. It can think. It can reason. It can repair itself. It can do whatever it wants.
Your Body Can Do Amazing Things for You
Your body has the ability to go rogue and go do all kinds of amazing things. But this is going to be the tool you’re going to use to run your business, and so what is your physical body and what does it mean to you?
If you are a business owner, or if you are the house cleaner, I want you to start thinking, I’ve got this huge, amazing, outstanding asset that I have control over.
So the first thing I want you to do is to watch your body’s behavior because if we watch something and we manage it, it then we can make it behave how we want it to behave.
Manage Your Body Like Your Cleaning Equipment
It’s important to manage your body like your cleaning equipment. It’s like you take your vacuum in for upkeep and they will check all of the bands, cords, and they will make sure that everything is running smoothly. When you get your vacuum back and it’s full of dog and cat hair, and it’s got gunk, dust, and all that stuff in it, you have to empty it out.
You have to pull the hair out. You have to clip the hair along with the beater brush. And you have to empty it out. You have to wipe it down and replace the filter. You have to maintain it in order so that it operates correctly.
The same is true of your physical body. So, with your physical body, I want you to start reframing your mind about what you have.
What Happened When I Moved Away From Home
Now, I have been the same weight, within about 10 pounds, for the last 35 years. And so, when I moved away from home, an amazing thing happened. I grew up on a farm, and I did not have access to sugar or meat as a kid. We weren’t vegetarians.
Sometimes we’d have chicken in a soup or something, but we weren’t big meat-eaters. I moved away from home and being on my own I discovered a whole new world. I discovered a world with French fries, fried food, and fast food, things like ice cream, ice cream sandwiches, Dr. Pepper, and all kinds of junk food that were fantastic.
I put on 89 pounds my first year away from home. I went home and my parents said, “Wow, you look like you’ve eaten well,” and I was like, “Yeah. You won’t believe the things that I’ve eaten.” But what I didn’t realize is, I felt worse than I’ve ever felt in my entire life, and it was kind of a wake-up call for me because I live with myself every day. So even though I’d been slowly packing on the pounds over this year, I didn’t realize it because I saw myself every day, and so I didn’t see the small nuances and the small changes. But my family recognized it instantly because I was 89 pounds heavier within one year.
How to Monitor Your Body
So, come back to the center, how to monitor your body? Monitoring is you get on the scale every single day, which I do to this day. As I get on the scale I look at, am I a pound up or a pound down? Right now, I’m 129 pounds, and I’ve been this for about the last 35 years. But what I did was I said, “Okay. I’m going to give myself a 10-pound window. I can go as high as, or as low as, but I’m going to stay inside this range.”
So, every day when I step on the scale, I might be a pound or two up or down. If I’m a pound or two low I’m like woo-hoo, and if I’m a pound or two up, I’m like, “Ew. What did I eat? I got to like get it back in check.”
But by monitoring it every single day, I then have choices and I’m able to stay in a range that makes me feel healthy and well. Monitoring your behavior is a key to success, and it’s a key to staying in the shape that you want to be in, in order to do your job.
I’ve Been Wearing the Same Clothes for 25 Years
Now for me, I’ve been wearing the same clothes for about 25 years. I’m one of the few people I know that actively still wear the clothes that I wore 25 years ago.
And unfortunately, I was foolish enough or wise enough, I’m not sure which, to wear clothes that are traditional, like the teal shirt that I wear everyday. It is the same style of shirt that I’ve been wearing for probably 12 or 15 years. It’s no fancier than it was 12 or 15 years ago, and it will be no fancier 12 or 15 years from now.
But it’s a style of shirt that will never go out of style. So, it allows me to wear old clothes, and when I replace them, I replace them with the same thing so that it’s the same ongoing consistent thing.
My Clothes Last for a Long Long Time
The clothes that I’m wearing will last for a long, long time. They’re not going out of style. They’re just traditional forever clothes. Super boring but it works. It works because I haven’t had to replace them because I take good care of them, and therefore they last. It’s not that I don’t want to have really fun high-fashionable clothes. It just doesn’t fit in with my lifestyle and not where I’m going right now.
It’s a monitoring of my physical body. How I keep my physical body in shape is, I get up every single day and I do the routine. The routine might change a little bit. I might go jogging, lift weights, or jump on the mini-trampoline if it’s raining outside.
Now, I do have a gym inside my house. There are certain things that I do every day, but I do it in the same window of time. When I wake up every day, I look at my clock, and I check the temperature outside. I then ask myself “will this be an outside workout, or will it be an inside workout? It’s not, will there be a workout? Which one will it be?”
How I Decide How to Workout
Then I get to decide how I want to exercise. Like, “Woo-hoo, today we’re lifting weights,” or “Woo-hoo, today we’re jumping on the mini-tramp,” or “Hey. I’m going to throw on a podcast, and I’m going to go jogging around the neighborhood.” It’s exciting for me because there’s a little bit of variety there but, it is a routine that I don’t have to keep reinventing every day.
It’s a routine that carries me through every day. Now, there are times, like I had COVID earlier in the year, and there was a window of about six weeks where I felt so bad, so I didn’t work out every day.
I Feel bad When I Don’t Workout
When I didn’t work out, I felt worse. I would wake up exhausted, tired, and I would go back to bed. I did force myself to take a shower every day, but it took all the energy I had, and then I would go back to bed. When you feel bad, there’s this ongoing whatever it is that keeps you feeling bad.
But if you get up every day, even if you feel bad, and you exercise, and you get the blood circulating through your body, you somehow feel better. I know even during the COVID window I would say, “I feel so bad I have to go out and go walking. I have to just get out and get my blood circulating.”
There were a couple of times that I tried to go out, and I was so exhausted that I had to sit down on the pavement at the end of somebody’s driveway and regain my strength so that I could keep walking to get around the block I was so tired.
There are Times You Will Feel Bad
There are times that you’re going to feel bad, and I’m human I feel bad too. I have mood swings. I have up and down days. I have biorhythmic days. There are days when I just don’t feel good and it’s hard to exercise.
But the important thing to remember is this, you have one body. It’s a God-given gift. It is yours. It is your responsibility. There’s nobody else that’s going to come in and make you eat healthily.
There’s nobody else that’s going to make sure you get enough sleep at night. Nobody is going to make sure that you get your exercise. That is your responsibility and your responsibility alone.
Taking Care of Yourself Will Help You Last as a Cleaner
If you take care of yourself, if you value yourself enough to put yourself on a program where you monitor your progress, how you feel, and you monitor the behaviors that you have, your body can take you through 10, 20, 30 years as a house cleaner in the cleaning business if that’s where you want to go.
I know because I’ve done it myself. After that first year of my overeating and exploring all these amazing foods, I said, “Wait a second. I still don’t need sugar in my diet.
I still don’t need all these fun drinks that crash my system after a few hours. I need to get back to center and I need to get back to a range that’s healthy for me, that’s going to sustain me for the long haul.”
Make a Commitment to Take Care of Yourself
Once I made that commitment, and I’ve kept to that commitment year, after year, after year, and it’s super boring. My diet is not fun. The things that I eat on a daily basis, mostly whole foods, and I don’t use a lot of sauces, seasoning, and spices.
So, when you look at the fun things that are out there, I know there are some amazing cooks, and amazing chefs, and they make some outlandish foods. I love to go out to eat, and it’s usually a special occasion when I go to a restaurant and I have something that’s like, “Oh, that’s so good.”
I Eat Really Boring Foods
But for the most part, I eat really boring foods. So, it might be I have an apple for lunch, or I have a little cup of grapes, or some raw carrots. Not exciting. Super boring.
It’s okay. They don’t taste bad but they don’t particularly taste good. I’m used to it. That’s my food. But it keeps me in range, and it keeps my mind and body working properly. It keeps everything in check.
So, I really want to encourage you as a house cleaner, if you’re going to be in the business for the long haul to really pay attention to your physical body.
Your Body is Your Biggest Asset
Because your physical body, your brain, your body, the physical strength that you have, it’s all the biggest asset that you’ll ever have in your business for the course of from here until the day that you die, and you only get one version.
I know there are new models of vacuums that come out. There are new models of different things, but you only get one version of you. Therefore, you have to make sure that you take care of yourself, and you keep doing your own repairs, and your own upgrades and all those things along the way so that your body will carry you and sustain you through the test of time.
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