Working out isn鈥檛 (or at least shouldn鈥檛 be) easy鈥 that鈥檚 why it鈥檚 called work, after all. We all have the best intentions to hit the gym, but there are times when things 鈥 work, happy hours, or the sheer physical inability of getting out of PJs 鈥 get in the way. So to prepare us for those inevitable sluggish days, we chatted with seven fitness experts to find out how to stay motivated to move.

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1. Choose an activity that requires an appointment. While doing a seven-minute workout at home may seem like a great option for busy gals, Lisa Corsello, founder of group-fitness studio Burn, advises us to 鈥渃hoose something that requires an appointment, like a group fitness class, and treat it like you would any other commitment.鈥 Having something to write down in your planner or add to your Google Cal will help you stay accountable.

2. Get cute AF workout gear. Let鈥檚 be honest 鈥 wearing your ratty high school gym shorts isn鈥檛 really the best motivator to leave the house for a workout. According to fitness instructor and Chaise Fitness owner Claudia Aarts-Schreiber, one of the best ways to make you want to hit the gym is by gifting yourself cute workout clothes. 鈥淭here鈥檚 nothing like an awesome outfit to make you feel good,鈥 she notes. And that鈥檚 before you get all those awesome workout endorphins.

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3. Clean out your newsfeed. According to celebrity trainer and author of The Code Red Holiday Survival Guide, Cristy Nickel, cleaning up your activity online is just as important as all the work you鈥檙e doing IRL to stay fit. 鈥淭rying to eat healthier? Then 鈥榟ide鈥 those chocolate cake videos. Trying to cut back on wine? Get rid of wine advertisements,鈥 she advises. 鈥淕et them out of your newsfeed so they鈥檒l get out of your mind.鈥 Temptation managed.

4. Stick to a 15-minute rule. 鈥淕etting to the gym or out the door for a run is often the hardest part,鈥 says fitness guru Lea Genders. Oh yeah, we鈥檝e been there a few times (ahem). Her advice? Commit to a 15-minute rule. 鈥淓ven when you really don鈥檛 feel like exercising, promise yourself you鈥檒l go for at least 15 minutes. Most of the time, once you get going, you won鈥檛 want to stop,鈥 she says.

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5. Find non-food rewards (double points if they鈥檙e free!). Instead of treating yourself with a candy bar, try to find rewards you love that won鈥檛 counteract all of your hard work, advises Jessa Mehta, founder of Get it Ohm! Karmic Yoga. 鈥淔or example, a reward might be a solid stretch of guilt-free uninterrupted pleasure reading or a bath instead of a quickie shower,鈥 she says. You鈥檒l feel like you鈥檝e indulged but are still 100 percent on track to hit your fitness goals.

6. Don鈥檛 sweat the small stuff. 鈥淚 had a client come to me worried about her nightly popsicle she liked to have,鈥 says fitness guru Stephen Mason. 鈥淚t鈥檚 never the popsicle or fun-sized candy bar or even the bowl of ice cream that鈥檚 a problem. It鈥檚 the popsicle for dessert after the burger for dinner, the Cheez-Its for lunch and the Pop-Tarts for breakfast ON TOP of not working out all week. Focus on your healthy eating and exercise habits and don鈥檛 worry about the occasional treat,鈥 he says.

7. Utilize your phone鈥檚 background. 鈥淢ake your wallpaper a picture of your goal,鈥 advises Patrick Henigan, lead trainer at Jacksonville Fitness Academy. Whether it鈥檚 a scale with your goal weight or a pic of that adorable dress you鈥檇 love to fit into, having an hourly reminder of what you鈥檙e working hard for is invaluable to helping you stay on track.

How do you keep up with your fitness goals? Tweet us your tips by mentioning @BritandCo!

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