Life of a Fitness Editor: SELF's Meaghan B. Murphy

March 4, 2014

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Do you ever wonder what it’s like to be an editor at a top fitness magazine? For many fitness fanatics, discovering and writing about hottest new workouts, health news, and talking to celebrity trainers (and celebrities!) is the dream job. We chatted with SELF Magazine’s Meaghan B. Murphy on her day-to-day, how she works out, and her favorite healthy snacks.

FG: How long have you been the editor of SELF magazine?
MM: I’ve been SELF’s Deputy Editor for two years. I started here as the Fitness Director eight years ago.

FG: What do you love most about your job?
MM: I love putting the fun in fitness for SELF’s audience of 12 million readers and digital users. We are constantly finding cool new ways for everyone to enjoy being active and healthy. It’s awesome that in my professional life I get explore my personal passions, like fitness, style and beauty. Learning new tips and tricks for making a healthy lifestyle easier never gets old!

FG: What does a typical day at the office look like for you?
MM: There is no typical day! That’s what makes my job really exciting. In general, I spend most of my time consulting with trainers about innovative workouts that burn the most calories in the least amount of time; meeting with other editors about story ideas; collaborating with our art department about visuals; and editing copy.

FG: How do you effectively balance family, career and exercise?
MM: As a mom of 3 kids under 3, I’m a scheduling fanatic. Most importantly, I make sure to get my workout in every day otherwise nothing else good can happen. It’s about being really efficient during work hours and then going home for family time and fun.

FG: What’s your favorite form of exercise and why?
MM: I have to mix it up so I don’t get bored. I love to run, but I’m also constantly trying out different group exercise classes, at-home fitness videos, playing soccer with my pals. Anything that’s fun, so the time flies by quickly.

FG: Do you have a personal trainer?
MM: I’m a certified trainer, so I make up my own workouts, and I share my personal picks on Twitter @meaghanbmurphy. I call it “#KYOA” or “Kick Your Own Ass.” This morning I did 50 toe touches, 50 bicycles, and 20 sit-ups which I repeated 3 times. Major ab attack!

FG: What are some of your favorite healthy snacks?
MM: I have celiac disease so I eat gluten free. My new favorite snack is “That’s It” bars. The apple/mango ones are 100 cals and made of apple and mango and like that name says, that’s it!

FG: What’s your favorite healthy food?
MM: My husband is the chef in our house and has learned to make everything gluten free and clean for me. The kids don’t know the difference! He makes roasted brussel sprouts with sun dried tomatoes and pine nuts that I could eat every night!

FG: If you only had ten minutes to exercise what would you do?
MM: HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training, is a method of cardio training that torches a ton of calories in a short amount of time, so that’s really effective. I get on the treadmill and in no time flat my sweat session is done. When I need motivation, I tell myself I’d rather be uncomfortable doing HIIT than on the beach in a bikini.

FG: What can we look forward to in 2014 from SELF magazine?
MM: Lots of inspiring ideas for feeling and looking great every day! Every month in SELF, and every day on, there are cool ways to help you make the most of your body, your looks and your life — and have fun doing it!

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Kim Anthony is a fitness enthusiast and freelance writer. As an adjunct psychology professor, with extensive experience in counseling, she is an avid believer in the mind and body relationship and its connection to overall wellness. She enjoys pouring her passion for fitness and wellness into, a website that features fitness and nutrition tips, workouts, recipes and the latest fitness fashion. You can follow Fitness Galore on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.


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