Fitness Motivation Tips (from People Who Know What They’re Talking About)

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It’s (finally) Thursday, which means you’re more likely to be dreaming about your next cheat meal than your next gym session – and we get that. But think ahead to yourself vegging out on the couch on Saturday evening for a second and replace that thought with one of you putting in an end-of-weekend workout, which will leave you in a much better frame of mind to kick off the following week. To help make that thought a reality, Savoir Flair brings you a handful of empowering, snappy, practical, and far-from-judgemental tips from our favorite fitness experts across the city. Go forth and lace up those trainers!

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“Exercise for both the therapeutic and physical benefits. Every woman should experience the beauty and strength of all that her body can achieve.” – Maryam Fattahi Salaam, Owner and CEO of Physique 57

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“Think of exercise as being broader than what you do at a conventional gym. It can be as enjoyable as attending salsa lessons, playing beach volleyball, or canoeing. There are so many different ways to keep fit. Exercise is a time to celebrate your body and its ability to move!” – Stefani Bertoncini, Define Barre, Cycle, and Mind Instructor

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“Set a goal. Sign up for a 5k run or any charity run that happens annually. That way, there's no turning back. Even better, gather a group of your friends to motivate each other – it will be fun and you’ll be less likely to drop out.” – Patricia Kallidi, Yoga Instructor and Lululemon Brand Ambassador

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“If you are someone who prefers to exercise in the evenings, switch to a morning workout on the days that you know you’ll be engaged socially after work.” – Dr. Daamini Shrivastav, Founder of Rye Pilates

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“Use your rest day wisely! What does that mean? Have fun. People tend to get so caught up in their routines that they forget stress is one of the biggest health and fitness busters.” – Nour Mansour, Flywheel Instructor and Lululemon Brand Ambassador

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“The real magic happens the moment you want to stop.” – Maryam Fattahi Salaam, Owner and CEO of Physique 57

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“Start slowly – small progress each day adds up to big results. Too many people lose motivation because they push themselves too hard at the beginning and decide that keeping fit is impossible.” – Patricia Kallidi, Yoga Instructor and Lululemon Brand Ambassador

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“Morning exercise revs up the metabolism and keeps you in calorie-torching mode for the rest of the day while freeing up your evenings for a social life – solid reasons to sweat with the sunrise!” – Dr. Daamini Shrivastav, Founder of Rye Pilates

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“Fitness is all mental. Your body goes where your mind pushes it.” – Maryam Fattahi Salaam, Owner and CEO of Physique 57

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“The trick to staying motivated is to find what you enjoy doing to stay fit and not overdoing your exercise routine. It's all about finding balance within your body, mind, and weekly routine.” – Stefani Bertoncini, Define Barre, Cycle, and Mind Instructor

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“Don't think of reasons why you shouldn't exercise. Think of that one reason why you should. You'll be so happy that you conquered the workout instead of sitting at home feeling guilty.”– Patricia Kallidi, Yoga Instructor and Lululemon Brand Ambassador

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“Change it up! Don’t get hung up on doing one type of exercise because it’s the easiest, most fun, or your friends are doing it. Shock your system by trying different exercises throughout the week. You’ll find that different muscles are put to work and, in turn, shape your body more.” – Nour Mansour, Flywheel Instructor and Lululemon Brand Ambassador

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