A master painter will tell you that the secret to a professional paint job is proper preparation. Taking time to do the necessary surface preparation, whether simply cleaning the surface or scraping off multiple layers of old paints and finishes, determines whether or not your paint goes on smoothly, adheres properly to the surface, and covers as economically as possible. It may seem like a lot of work before actually applying any paint, but it is necessary. As the old Chinese fortune cookie says,

“You can take the time to do the job right or you can take the time to do the job over again.”

Time is money. The faster you can complete the job up to the level of quality required, the sooner you can be paid and move on to the next job. Having to do work over because of inadequate prep work costs your general contractor time and cuts into your profit margin. Those who work efficiently, quickly, and produce consistently high-quality work usually get referred for more work. That’s just the way it goes.

The same principle applies when it comes to preparing yourself for longevity as a painting contractor. This is hard physical work that involves lifting, twisting, bending, climbing, and all manner of repetitive motions. Those who can stay productive and maintain high-quality results get the jobs done faster and reap consistently higher returns. Those who fail to show up to the job due to injury or illness don’t last very long in this profession. It takes energy, strength, and stamina to perform at a professional level.

Here are our top 5 physical fitness recommendations for professional painters:

  1. Schedule consistent physical exercise that includes aerobic and resistance training to build stamina and endurance. From lifting weights to spinning or swimming, find something that fits your lifestyle. Something as simple as walking builds endurance and helps relax your mind as well.
  2. Just like your car, your body needs regular maintenance too. Think relaxation and rejuvenation. Whether it is stretching, yoga, or massage, take time to balance the demands put on your body and your mind.
  3. Eat healthy. Avoid sugar and take-out food of any kind. Focus on protein for stamina. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated!
  4. Stay on a consistent sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body’s clock and improves the quality of your sleep.
  5. Talk to your doctor. If you have a persistent pain or irritation, don’t ignore it. There are times when medical treatment is the only way back to health. Consult the professionals and follow their instruction.

A healthy body allows you to develop and maintain a better than average work ethic with fewer lost hours due to illness or fatigue. It also allows you to set the standard of performance for those you train to assist you and expand your project capabilities. Think of your body preparation as an investment in long-term quality performance and you will reap the rewards and satisfaction of a lengthy and profitable career.