Like I’ve mentioned before, I still get the “how did you do it” question quite often. One of the things that I did that I think really helped with my success was an intentional mental shift in the way I regarded working out.

That was a long complicated sentence to just say “I changed how I looked at working out.”

I started thinking about what I needed to stay motivated about working out. How do I turn one workout into two, two into three, and so on? For me, I decided to treat “working out” like “going to work”.

When my alarm goes off in the morning, I don’t think, “I don’t feel like going to work today…I think I’ll just stay home.”  I get up, get dressed, and go to work. I do it for two reasons. First, I enjoy my job. I have a great job and I work with great people. Second, and most important, it’s how I take care of my family. My job puts food on the table, clothes on our backs, and a roof over our heads.

Once I put working out at the same level of importance as work, it all seemed to come together. And the truth is, IT’S JUST AS IMPORTANT.

Working out is part of what keeps me healthy so that I can provide for my family, be a father for my son, and be a husband for my wife. When it’s time to work out, I go. I use my normal work ethic as my litmus test. If I’m so exhausted that I need to stay home from work, then I can skip working out. Conversely, if I’m not sick enough to call into work and take a PTO day, then I don’t need to take a PTO day from working out. (This could be a problem for you if your personal work ethic stinks…sorry…that’s a blog for a different day.)

It’s usually easy for us to see the consequences for not working. We get fired. We don’t have money. The consequences are usually fairly immediate. But when we don’t work out…well, that’s a different story. The consequences are often delayed. We blow off a trip to the gym and nothing really seems to happen.

“But Aaron”, you say, “I don’t want working out to be like a work.  It’d feel like I have a second job! If I wanted a part-time job I’d deliver pizza.”

I understand that. But it’s been said that if you have a job you like you never have to work a day in your life. That’s my final advice to you. Find something you like, or even better, love to do for your work outs, and you won’t mind going to work!