Why I’m Going to Work Out Like Its My Job

Fitness is not my job.

I’m not a model. I don’t get paid to post gym selfies or get sponsored by Nike, LuLuLemon or runDisney. I don’t make money off my blog. Working out is something I fit into my life, somewhere between motherhood, homeschooling, writing, and running my household.

So is it really a wonder that I’m not meeting my fitness goals?


I’ve been struggling for years to make working out and wellness a priority in my life, and I’m beginning to think that the core of the problem is that I consider it a dispensable part of day. And it shouldn’t be.

Being healthy shouldn’t be a negotiable part of my life. Sure, if I miss a workout or gain a few pounds, I’m not going to lose my job. But in the long term, I could lose so much more.

Maybe it sounds dramatic to think like that. But my family’s health history reads like the who’s who of illness: diabetes, depression & anxiety, food intolerances, multiple sclerosis. It was all sort of easy to ignore in my twenties–life was fast-paced and I still fit into the clothes I wore in college. Then sometime after my 30th birthday, my metabolism changed. Those huge Italian meals I ate a couple times a week started catching up with me. I got tired. I have all the resources to be healthy right in front of me. Clearly, my issue is mental.


And so starting today, I’m going to work out like its my job. Maybe I won’t be getting paid in money or sponsorships (although that would be  nice, right?), but that doesn’t mean I won’t get compensated. I’ll get paid in more energy, in a smaller pant size, in a happier disposition and less anxiety. I’ll get paid in more happy, functional years with my family.

And that will make me far more rich than any paycheck could.

Does working out fall to the bottom of your list? What keeps you from working out and achieving the healthy lifestyle you want?

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76 thoughts on “Why I’m Going to Work Out Like Its My Job

  1. It’s so easy for it to fall to the bottom of the to do list! That’s why I run so many races. I think it would be much harder for me to keep my motivation to run without races I’ve paid for on the horizon. Also, I’ve been trying Diet Bet recently and it definitely helps to have some money on the line.

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  2. I loved the sheer honesty in the write up! It resonated with me on so many levels! I had such similar thoughts always. I knew working out was important for my health in the long run, and didn’t think of it as a way just to lose pounds. But, I didn’t feel and internalize the importance until recently. I did a lot of googling to figure out how people love to workout. One advice that I loved and helped me out was – Combine working out with an activity you like doing. So, if you’re a family person and love spending time with your family, try to find ways for the whole family to workout together, even if it’s twice a week. You’ll eventually begin looking forward for those days and that shall motivate you. For me, working out is those few minutes each day when I plug off all contact with the world and have that time just for me. Somedays, even if I have no time and no energy after a long long day, I just do a 15 minutes light walk before dinner. It may not get my heart rate up and all, but those 15 min help with my sanity πŸ™‚
    PS: That bathing quote is my favorite! I read it always when I feel down πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for your thoughtful comments! I think its really good advice to connect working out to something I really love. I agree about unplugging–I recently started classes at an orange theory fitness and I find that I love not having my phone on me for that hour!

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  3. I love that motivation quote! I’m a runner, so having races on the calendar is a huge motivator, but more than anything I just love how working out makes me feel – like I’m taking care of my body, I’m having fun, and I’m releasing stress! Good luck as you kick things up a notch! πŸ™‚

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  4. Great attitude! I just bought a workout planner, well actually more of a log, and am going to start putting stickers on days I work out. It sounds hokey but I think it will be really motivating. It’s so hard to make time for ourselves when there are other things that we “should” be doing. But you are right, the small steps we take today have such a huge impact on our health in the future!

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  5. Working out sits at the top of my priority list because I have learned that when I don’t exercise, I can’t be my best. Take yesterday for example, I woke up exhausted, and felt that way until I exercised. Then after the workout, I felt like myself again. I literally sweat off the exhaustion. So it’s for this reason that I make sure to schedule in a workout.

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  6. If you think about it – we actually DO get “paid” to work out. We get paid by NOT having to spend copious amounts of $$$$$ later in life on medical bills that result from NOT working out. πŸ˜‰

    So yep. Every day I work out like it’s my JOB because IT IS!

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  7. I love both those quotes, haha. (Although I’d change the coffee part to tea or smoothies πŸ˜› ). I like the idea of working out like it’s your job–maintaining a healthy lifestyle takes a lot of work but it’s an important investment for your health, so it makes it worth it! I really need to work on my consistency!

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  8. What an awesome concept! Our health is really so important and can determine the kind of life we have after retirement, it makes total sense to prepare and give ourselves the best life we can.
    My sister does this, she trails like it’s her job or a professional and people think she’s crazy, because she does put in several hours of workouts a day, but she loves it. She finds it fun, and she loves the results and the competition she’s able to give in races and stuff.
    Love your idea, and wish you the best. Now quit blogging and get back to work(ingout) LOL
    Thanks for joining up with us for the hop!!!

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  9. I love this post and I want to start doing that too. If we treated out bodies the way we would advise others to, we’d all be better off. Thanks for sharing this motivation today. I am actually headed out for lunch now and I’ll use the time to get some exercise.
    I followed your page cause I think you’re going to help me stay inspired.
    http://runwright.net

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  10. I like your attitude! I too have a terrible family medical history and that was my motivation to start working out in the first place. Since my last race working out has fallen right off my daily ‘To Do” list. I;m going to take that quote and tape it to my bathroom mirror lol

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  11. I LOVE this! I actually wrote a post a while back about the Top 5 Health Decisions You Will Ever Make and one of those is to treat your health like it’s your job. “While not everyone works in the health and fitness industry make YOUR health your job. Being able to do the things you enjoy well into your golden years is worth the extra effort. So put your sweat sessions in your calendar, and treat them like an important meeting that you cannot miss.” I must admit that for me it does tie into my job as a triathlon coach, personal trainer, and group fitness instructor it is important for my career to stay fit. On that note though what has worked well for me is taking the thought process out of it, getting rid of that internal debate. When I have a little extra time here or there I workout, I don’t ever ask myself the question “do I want to workout?” that leaves the door open to say no and burdens your will power with additional unnecessary decision making. I have found that over time the consistent workouts have become a part of who I am, and I find myself saying add another 30 minute workout in because it will boost performance, why not who doesn’t have an extra 30 minutes? Stick with it girl, it is a journey and you’ve got this!

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  12. I agree with you…we all should treat working out as a job (or at least as a necessary part of our day). What motivates me? I like how strong it makes me feel, and I love how it makes my clothes fit LOL I’m not needing to lose weight, but there are some soft spots that are getting more firm. Good luck with your quest!!

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  13. I love how you are going to make working out a priority. Working out really does need to be something we take seriously and make it important. It’s a full circle health and wellness thing.
    Since losing 80lbs, I’ve made working out a second job sort of deal for me. I am serious about my regular runs and workouts and they need to get done.
    But, don’t beat yourself up if you don’t get to a workout here and there or what have you. Because we aren’t pros, we have other life things to worry about too. πŸ™‚

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  14. Working out is something that I look forward to every day. Working out is at the top of my priority list, cleaning my apartment usually falls to the bottom lol!. I schedule it into my days mentally at the beginning of each week!

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  15. Nice. Exercise should be mandatory for all jobs, don’t you think? It would save on medical bills and insurance costs. I make a monthly exercise schedule and work it into my regular routine. You do what works for you!

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  16. I can totally relate and working out has fallen to the bottom of my list for so long now… I’m going to take the same approach and schedule it in and am determined not to miss! Good luck to us both and thanks!

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  17. I definitely don’t schedule workouts like I do the rest of my day. I suppose that is why they often fall to the wayside when I have increased work and family commitments. I’m okay with that most of the time as long as I stay committed to working out a few times a week.

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  18. We’re all so busy, so its easy to understand why sometimes working falls to the bottom of the priority list. I’ve found though that sometimes taking just a little bit of time to work out, even when I don’t want to or don’t think that I have time, can help motivate me to tackle the rest of my to do list.

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  19. I used to pay myself – $1 a mile or $1 a workout, depending on how much motivation I needed. Now…with two tiny humans, it’s fallen off my list. I agree with you so much that I need to get it on my list again as a non-negotiable!

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    1. The tiny humans do change things, don’t they?!? I love the idea of paying yourself–I have a “prize” for myself when I hit my first goal, but I don’t think it is a big enough prize as I can’t seem to get to it!

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  20. Isn’t it great how age can effect us. I actually have the opposite problem. I can sometimes idolize exercise and put it above all else. It’s all for selfish reasons. I like the alone time, it’s my therapy and fills up my boredom. I need to exercise likes it my hobby and not my job although my blog is monetized.I am still awaiting that Nike sponsorship πŸ˜‰

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  21. Great post πŸ™‚ I love exercising but sometimes all it can take is a long weekend away to throw me off track and I’m clambering to catch up again – food and my irritating AF sweet tooth is another thing that holds me back, I’ll never be a dieter!

    I don’t have little ones though so massive respect to you for juggling all of this with being a parent!

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  22. The first time I started green juice I didn’t really like the taste but then I saw to myself it’s for the health benefits and I drink it up like medicine same goes to exercise when I feel not to I say to myself I’m not happy the way you look and keep myself motivated by working out home or even walking enough out or even if it’s going up and down the staircases the easiest things could help us be active and healthy what I also like to do is eat healthy but have a nice twist to it so you could eat your little cravings but just have a limit to it and once your salt intake sugar intake calories intake is stable you could eat anything you want but just in portions I believe there is no such thing as dieting if you strictly put yourself on one you will feel deprived why do you think many people have “cheat days” just so they could enjoy what they love once a week love yourself eat well be well and be happy πŸ™‚

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