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3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career

3 ways to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career


Do you like to spend all of your free time catching up on all of the latest diets and fitness news? And are you the person who all of your friends and family come to when they need advice about how to lose weight, gain muscle, or eat a healthier diet? If so, then you may find it deeply satisfying to turn your passion for health and fitness into a career. Not sure what you could do to earn money while working in this particular field? Here are some options to consider:

How to transform your passion for health and fitness into a career

#1. Start a Health & Fitness Blog

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Writing a blog is a great way to enter health and fitness part-time as it will likely take you a few months or more to create a big following. However, once you do gain a lot of subscribers, you can monetize your blog with affiliate marketing and advertising, providing you with additional income simply by sharing your expertise and passion. You can even sell it outright if you’d like! (Blog Tyrant got $20,000 for one of his blogs after just eight months!)

There are many sites that allow you to start a blog for free, which means you can begin writing today, and WordPress is probably the best-known one. Plus, if you have basic computer skills you can even design it yourself quite easily, saving you from having to pay someone else to do this for you.

#2: Become a Personal Trainer or Group Fitness Instructor

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If you prefer a more hands-on approach, a career option to consider is personal trainer or group fitness instructor. This allows you to work more one-on-one with clients to help them meet their weight or muscle-related goals by showing them precisely which exercises they can do to enhance their particular body shape within their current fitness level.

Two of the most popular accredited agencies that offer this type of certification are ACE and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine). It usually takes a couple months or more to get through the coursework and earn your certification, but once you do you can earn a decent living. reports that the average annual wage of a personal trainer is more than $55,000.

#3: Become a Health Coach

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Another career option that enables you to make money while doing what you love is health coach. A health coach is someone who assists others in achieving their health and fitness goals by helping them effectively deal with a variety of aspects that affect their overall health and wellness, ranging from food to exercise to their thoughts and beliefs. Where would you work as a health coach? According to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, one of the top nutrition schools that connects students with teachers such as Dr. Oz, Deepak Chopra, and Dr. Andrew Weil, as a health coach you can find employment in “doctor’s offices, wellness centers, and gyms.”

Choose this option and you’ll have a slightly higher monetary commitment up front for the course, but your ability to earn a high hourly wage can quickly help you recoup your costs and then some. Some health coaches earn as much as $200 an hour (or more), so this can be very lucrative field if it appeals to you.

Yes, there are many options when it comes to making money in the areas of health and fitness if this is your passion. Now all you have to do is pick the one that interests you most and do it!

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About the Author

Sara Upton is an online freelance writer who loves covering anything related to fitness and healthy living. She's a proud owner of two dogs (Bill and Chewie), and you can follow her thoughts on Twitter @saraupton33.

Cover photo courtesy of PumpUp member @marismaria

How a fitness community gave me courage to tackle my biggest addictions - Clodagh's PumpUp Success Story

How a fitness community gave me courage to tackle my biggest addictions - Clodagh's PumpUp Success Story


It's been almost a year since Clodagh joined the PumpUp community after her close friend Wilma introduced her to it. "I have not regretted joining this amazing, positive, and energetic app for one day," she affirmed. "I started working out just before I began my journey with PumpUp, but since I became engaged with the community, this app kept me going and assisted me in my personal growth as much as my physical change." Clodagh made palpable progress especially over the past few months. She documents her victories and setbacks on the app almost every day. "Having such a massive support group helps when you have an 'off day' and feel like you aren't getting anywhere," she remarked. "Just one positive comment from a fellow member can make the world of a difference to another person's day." Not only did Clodagh change her eating habits after she joined PumpUp, she also made a commitment to tackle one of her biggest addictions. "My general intake of food consisted of processed fast foods, but one of my most shameful struggles has to be smoking," she elaborated. "I know it is an absolutely disgusting habit, but with each day that passes by, it gets a lot better. I actually made a promise to quit smoking with one of my good friends. It felt like a contradiction to advocate for a healthy lifestyle while harming myself in different way." Clodagh proudly maintains this goal and turns to the PumpUp community to keep her accountable. She is confident that quitting smoking will boost her running performance and improve her overall health.  "I am most thankful to PumpUp, the PumpUp community, and most importantly, myself," she added. "Realizing your faults makes you a stronger person from within." 

Clodagh found courage to overcome her biggest addictions with the help of PumpUp

There isn't a 'secret' to Clodagh's lifestyle change. It's a culmination of subtle changes that she made over the course of her journey with PumpUp.  Clodagh does weight training and a burst of cardio at the gym for at least 4-5 times a week, and does home workouts if she's short on time. "I believe that there are no excuses  – you are your only excuse," she insisted. "Changing your lifestyle does not happen overnight, it is a daily process. With time, it gets better." Clodagh takes pride in preparing her daily meals the night before. "It doesn't have to be glamorous, but it does need to sustain you throughout the day," she advised.  "I also remind myself that there is nothing wrong with treating oneself.  Life is also about enjoying every step of the way!" 

Clodagh has a refreshingly realistic perspective towards goal setting. She recognizes the importance of focus, determination, and being able to identify one's own limitations. "What counts is that you know what you are working towards and you are happy with your own progress, as well as supporting those around you," she counselled. "At the end of the day, the only person you have to answer to in order to lead a happier life is yourself, so you have to make it count. Self-belief opens many doors of opportunities that have always been there. I used to be too scared to grab them and take them on!" As Clodagh continues her journey with PumpUp, she strives to improve herself physically, mentally, and emotionally. "PumpUp has helped me to view exercise with a positive mind-set," she said happily. "I am a lot more confident and less likely to doubt myself. Knowing that I am accomplishing something on my own for a change is a huge accomplishment already, as I always had a tendency to rely on others."

Clodagh found courage to overcome her biggest addictions with the help of PumpUp

Self-confidence was the cornerstone of Clodagh's transformation. She's no longer a wallflower, blending into the backdrop of other people's lives. "My dream has always been to help people, but self-doubt became my undoing: large crowds drained me," she recounted. "Not being happy with myself mentally and emotionally led to “letting myself go” and I ended up gaining so much weight that it pushed me further into that dark corner." With the help of PumpUp, her family, and her friends, Clodagh had the courage to step up and take her life in control. "I'm still quite shy by nature, but I learned to speak up. Otherwise, I would remain an unhappy person. That wasn't something I wanted to live with every day," she admitted. "You have to believe in yourself."

Clodagh's best advice for other PumpUp members

When you feel like giving up, push harder! Start each day as if it is a new beginning. Set daily realistic goals for yourself. It will lead to less disappointment. Concentrate on the now, that is what will take you one step closer to reaching your long term goals. It also has to be something you want to change within yourself, you have to take into account it is a lifestyle change and not a diet. Once you stop a diet it relapses, and 9 times out of 10 you end up where you were before. Take the slightly longer journey, make healthier choices, and try to live a more active lifestyle in general. We are so lucky to be able to step outside and enjoy the outdoors. Take advantage of those opportunities as well. The possibilities are endless if you open yourself up to it. On a side note, do not allow “changing yourself” to consume you as you do not want it to become an unhealthy addiction. You are not in competition with anyone else other than yourself. We are our worst critics for sure, learning to love yourself and be a better version of yourself in my opinion is a lot more rewarding. Remember everything within moderation. Those are small things I have to remind myself about on a daily basis.

Clodagh found courage to overcome her biggest addictions with the help of PumpUp

Clodagh's biggest motivation 

My biggest motivation is first and most forth myself, but not in a conceited way. I know that if you put your mind to something, anything is possible! My other motivation would have to be my gym partner @grantjolliffe17, without him I think I would not have had the confidence in the very beginning to go to gym. I always felt intimidated, but his wise words, "we all have to start somewhere" gave me the kick up the backside to forget about everyone else as we are all there to reach our own set of goals. 

Another big motivation would have to be my best friend, Wilma. As much as I check up on her daily to ensure she is keeping on track, she has done the same for me. I am always ever so thankful for her 7 years of friendship.

How Clodagh stays active

I do weight training. I'm still very much a newbie and have so much to learn. It has helped a lot with keeping active and it motivated to continue with this lifestyle. I miss running a lot, having done many half marathons, this is something I will start again. I am very lucky to have active friends, so we do try arrange hikes, fun days where we incorporate all kinds of fun activities.

Clodagh found courage to overcome her biggest addictions with the help of PumpUp

More about Clodagh

I am a bookkeeper, and I will be starting my BCompt Degree next year! I have a very demanding job, working in Immigration is very fast paced. I love reading (I'm the biggest book nerd ever). It's important for me to be outdoors as much as possible, I am obsessed with the beauty of nature that surrounds us each day. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to live along the beachfront, so this may explain my tiny obsession with sunsets, I could literally open a photo gallery. 

Keep Clodagh pumped on the app @clodaghsiobhan! Have questions for Clodagh? Let her know in the comments below!

5 ways fitness taught me to love myself

This is a post by PumpUp member Claire Kane (@voltafitness), qualified fitness instructor, sports nutritionist, and the brains behind VoltaFitness

“She Loves Herself” usually has negative connotations; arrogance, a judgmental nature, vain, attention seeking. I think it’s time we changed that, don’t you?

My Fitness Journey, particularly the last 6 or 7 months, has taught me that loving yourself is a positive thing; it makes life more enjoyable, makes it easier to get on with other people and it makes it easier to make decisions that will improve your life.

1.     It taught me how phenomenal my body is

Fitness is a great way to get to know your body. When I say phenomenal I don’t mean “bodacious”. I mean it is an extraordinary and interesting thing that is capable of a lot of movements and reactions, and so is everyone else’s body.

Learning that my body can deadlift a load I would never have thought of attempting to move has made me appreciate it so much more. Learning that feeding it the right foods and training it in the right ways will get to respond the way I want it to has rendered me awestricken. When you think something is awesome or even intriguing you realise how outstanding it is and learn to love it. I can now look in the mirror without dread and shame and trust me, this has been the biggest part of the battle.

2.     It taught me to appreciate the idea of “rest”

Any of my friends, family or colleagues will tell you that I am a worrier; perpetually anxious and almost afraid to not work or do something to keep myself busy. I would socialise, work and write myself into the ground to the point where I could hardly produce the energy to meet friends for coffee.

Learning the importance of “rest and recovery” in training made me realise how important it is in the rest of my life.  That’s why we have annual leave in work, it’s why we take vacations; we need to slow down and take a break from the daily grind regularly to ensure that we are really benefiting from what we are doing. I now make time to read non-fitness and work related books and blogs every night before bed, I pick days when I will promise myself a pamper session or a lazy day and I consciously make more time for the little enjoyable things like watching a TV show or going out with friends and I am so much better for it.

3.     It taught me to be mindful

Fitness is a form of mindfulness, especially strength training. If allows you focus on one thing; getting through your sets and completing each rep. It is the one time in a lot of dedicated trainers’ days when they put their worries behind them and that is honestly the best thing you can do.

Being Mindful is to be consciously aware of how you feel, what you are doing and your surroundings and it is important to practice so you don’t get caught in a whirlwind of negative emotions and anxieties. It is, essentially, one of the most important things you can do to look after yourself.

4.     It taught me to put myself first

Whether as a result of being focused on my goals, the advice of my trainer or the people I have come across on social media I have learned that it is not a bad thing to put yourself first.

I am a firm believer that an inherently good person will always be available to help and to listen when someone needs them. I have learned, however, through fitness in one way or another, that putting yourself first does not make you a bad person either.

It’s ok to say “no” to plans, it’s ok to say you can’t go because you want to train and it is ok to decide you are no longer going to put up with someone or something if it will benefit you.

5.     It made me more aware of my mental health

Ok. Time to get heavy. There was a time when I was only happy during and after a training session. For a while this felt normal, it was a very welcome release, but when I became more aware of the contrast between how I felt when I was training and how I felt the rest of the day I realised there was something else wrong. As well as helping me realise that there was an issue, Fitness kept me going while I tried to figure out what was going on and how I could fix it.

Because I was more aware of my mental health and triggers in my life that made me feel bad, to put it gently, I eventually developed the tools and the wherewithal practice a little self-love, take care of my mind as well as my body and start creating a more positive life for more self.

Has training taught you to appreciate and take care of yourself more?

You can follow my journey, lap up my advice and consider my motivation over on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as on my blog and on PumpUp. I’d love to hear from you.