Motivation Nation


Most people assume that staying motivated comes second nature to me, as I’ve been a certified trainer for well over a decade. Since I train clients daily and am surrounded by health and fitness as my career, it must come easy. But believe me, this is not always the case.


I have days when I am tired or lacking motivation in the morning when I wake up with one eye closed, hoping for a few more hours of sleep. As a mother of 4 children, I have days when I feel like it is a struggle to find time to squeeze in a workout because there are not enough hours in the day. I have days when I feel simply LAZY. 


Yes—I have those days too! The days I want to hang around with my children and bake to distract myself from the workout I should be doing.  But I have some little tricks up my sleeve that help me to slay my workout sessions day after day. I share these tips with my personal training clients because they help get the job done. For this very reason, I am in better shape today than I was as a younger athlete.


Like a fine wine, we can all get better with time. We are all a work in progress so choose to progress with these motivating tips to get you moving!    


Clothes Trick


With crazy busy schedules, sometimes life gets in the way of you and your workout. But before you forget about it, throw in the towel and move on about your day; combat your forgetfulness by wearing a fit reminder.


This can be your sports bra, workout shorts or even a running watch. I sometimes wear a sundress with my thin running shorts underneath as my fit reminder. I have a rule that I do not take off my workout gear reminder until I’ve completed a workout. It is like a superpower! Try it, as simple as it seems, it works!


First Thing in the AM


Lay out your workout clothes and set your alarm the night before so you can rise and sweat for a great workout. The early bird gets the 6 pack, so get a head start on the day.


One of the best ways to start your day is by exercising in the morning. This sets the tone for a high energy, positive day and helps you to boost your metabolism high for the day!




Catch up with a friend over a workout so you can multitask. Life is short so make the most of every precious moment. It will be meditation for both the mind and body!


Switch up your norm and instead of meeting up with a friend for lunch; meet for a run, hike, bike ride or speed walk. Why not burn calories and better your health as you catch up on life?


If all goes well, put this on the calendar for a regular meet up. Exercising with a partner is a surefire way to stay motivated and on track to your goals! It’s much harder to bail out of a workout when you have someone relying on your company—so you will find yourself sticking to the fit plan!


Run to Your Destination


Another great way to stay motivated for your workouts is to run to your destination. If you are not a runner you can also bike or speed walk. I have met my husband at children’s sporting events by running there, mailed our wedding invitations and so much more. This is a seamless way to carve your workout into your day. This is a no-excuse approach to exercise. Where there is a will, there is a way!


Keep Workout Gear in Your Car


I always keep running sneakers and a workout outfit in my trunk because you never know when the opportunity to exercise could arise. If you have a busy morning and are unable to exercise, perhaps a lunch break exercise session is in the cards for you today. Or maybe on the way home from work, your sluggish commute turns into pulling off the next exit, parking the car and exercising until traffic lets up in an hour. You never know just when the opportunity to exercise can arise so be prepared to get up and go.


Buy Some New Workout Duds


Even during my most unmotivated points in life, new workout wear always gets me up and going! I don’t know just what it is about putting new workout gear on and wanting to get moving in it. It seriously works. 


New workout gear gives you an extra spring in your step to take that jump squat to the next level, run quicker and push harder. So, pick up a few new exercise pieces to motivate you to move your body!


So, the next time you’re debating on whether you should hit the snooze button or get up and get moving, just think of these motivational tips to get your body in motion. I promise you won’t regret it!



Tara Zimliki is a nationally recognized weight loss expert, personal trainer, health coach, health writer and founder of Tara’s Bootcamp, the Premiere Bootcamp of New Jersey. Tara also runs her own blog,