For Father’s day, my wonderful family gifted me with a Fitbit. Although I immediately put the watch on my wrist, it wasn’t until Monday that I saw the device’s full potential.
Starting at 6:30am, I often looked at my new toy to gauge my step count. One thousand, two thousand, three thousand… the steps added up rather quickly. By 9:00am, I was upwards of 5,000 steps and counting.
As the miles racked up, I remembered a old statement I often used (nearly a decade ago) to recruit talent:
If you like being physically fit, pest management is for you.
As PCOs, we put some work in. We walk around homes, climb stairs, make plenty of arm motions, and probably sweat as much in a day’s time as many amateur athletes.
Look, I know how we’re perceived by the general public. When most folks think about exterminators, Delbert McClintock (John Goodman in Arachnophobia) often comes to mind.
I’ll admit, our industry has it’s share of obese technicians, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
For that Monday mentioned above, my step count was over 20k, and I had compiled over 90 minutes of cardio. I burned 3750 calories; the equivalent of six Burger King Whoppers!
So why are half of my fellow pest management professionals obese?
From my observation, our girth appears to be acquired from soda consumption.
A $0.99 forty-four ounce cup of carbonated sugar is extremely tempting, as it’s economical, convenient and refreshing.
Bug killers drive a lot, which means we regularly refuel our vehicles. We’re also often in a hurry to get to the next stop, so grabbing a drink and using the facilities makes perfect sense while waiting on our gas tanks to reach the full mark.
But trading in that soft drink for a bottled water can make a HUGE difference in outward appearance. In fact, we’re going to see what healthy eating can do for a pest control professional’s body. For the next three months, I’ll only consume water, vegetables, eggs and nuts during regular work hours.
Stay tuned, because I’ll regularly update my progress on this blog!