Blogging & Working Out: Why Is It The Same?

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Anyone who has ever had a strict routine at the gym knows how difficult the regimen can be. It is not as simple as acquiring a membership and seeing instant results. If it were that easy then everyone who wanted a better body would see success. The same is true for blogging. If it were as simple as selecting a site, picking out a name and watching the readers flock to your page then there would be ten times as many successful bloggers out there. The truth is that working out and blogging have much in common.

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working out is like blogging

When you plan a workout you have to be consistent. If you only visit the gym occasionally then you will never see the results of the work you do. Your body needs that consistent exercise to be able to benefit from it. Your blog is no different. Every reader that discovers your page will expect for you to update it regularly. If you only post when you feel like it then you will lose them. They will move on to a blog that meets their needs. Just like your body will move on to its new form and shape. Consistency is key in both and failure to maintain that will hurt your results.

Both the gym and your blog are work. While you may find that either of them can provide you will some form of relaxation or pleasure from time to time, the fact remains that it will always be work. This means that there are going to be times when you do not enjoy it. There will be days when you wake up and think about how little you want to create the next blog post. Doesn’t that sound familiar to those days at the gym?

Throughout the entire process you have others watching what you do. Much like that morning workout, these people are looking at your moves to see whether or not they bring you the success you are after. Some will try and imitate your moves. Others will want you to give them pointers. There may even be those that sit idly by and stew over the fact that you have achieved something they did not. Regardless of the reason or how it is carried out, you are the object of attention. You may be accustomed to this when on the treadmill, but it can be a different world in the blogging community.

With all of that said, both can prove to be very successful. You may be among the few that achieve those desired results. It takes dedication, consistency and the ability to know exactly what to do. All of that can be learned and acquired over time. If you put in the time and effort with blogging the same way you do with the gym, you will find that your readers are impressed and your popularity continues to grow. It may seem odd to compare the gym to your blog. However, when you look deep enough you will see that they both have great benefits that are very similar with the same requirements to get there.

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  1. Mitch

    I’m loving this! This is definitely true, and coming from someone who works out on a regular basis, it does take a lot of commitment to consistency in order to see results. You just have to keep at it!

  2. Sarah

    This really struck a chord with me, I really connect with this comparison. I’ve been struggling with motivation lately, especially motivation to work out. I want to be fit and back in shape , but it’s not going to be a snap. And neither is being a successful blogger! They both take dedication and hard work. This is truly a great parallel. :)

  3. John

    I think this is a really interesting comparison. I like a lot of the parallels that are being drawn, but I do want to point out that while you can be a success at one of those things, they are not so interchangeable that anyone who is good at one of them will be good at the other! ;)

    1. Michelle

      That’s the truth! If they were interchangeable I’d be looking way younger than I do now!! :)

  4. Chris

    I just heard from a friend on facebook about a website that you somehow sign up with and make a plan for how often you go to the gym and I think you check in on your phone when you get to the gym, and what happens is that it will pay you every time you go to the gym, and will take money from you every time you miss your scheduled gym time. It sounded really cool, and just like what you’re saying with blogging! Gotta go to reap the benefits!

    1. Jony

      Sign me up for that!! Money is my main motivator haha!

  5. Shad

    I gotta say, I’m really digging this picture. That girl definitely works out! I like that you put the reality of blogging into terms that anyone can understand, I really enjoyed this article.

    1. Liz

      That’s one busty gal… She puts girls like me to shame at the gym, hence the reason I don’t workout. But I do blog!! I am the Hulk Hogan of Blogging!!! Grrr!

  6. Gorman

    This is so great! To continue the comparison, I would even say that while you workout, you must also be sure to eat healthy to feed your body and have the best possible workout results. For blogging that involved being well-read and keeping up with the latest blogs and trends. Parallels are fun!

    1. Mitch

      True that! I’m enjoying this post a lot, it’s something that I can really get into and understand on many levels. Nice continuation of the comparison!

  7. Anon

    It’s like Dukeo is our gym! And we come here to workout and get tips and pointers and coaching. I can feel my biceps getting bigger already! Just in time for pool season.

    1. Dana

      Poole season is the bane of my existence. Men can just walk around shirtless at any age, but women live in fear of the words “beach” and “pool”. I always feel like I need to cover myself up with a tarp.

  8. Affmaster

    This is a really great way to teach a lesson creatively, looks like everyone is really responding to it. It’s very accessible and totally en pointe. Great post!

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