April 24, 2009
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Everyone has days she just doesn't feel like working out -- even with a program as fresh and fun as ours. Here, Chicago-based personal trainer Sharon Mehalek offers strategies to help you through the motivation slumps.

1. skip and expand

If you miss a workout, make your next session a challenge day. For your strength workout, do an extra set of moves or up the weight. If you miss a cardio workout, tack an extra 10 minutes of moderate-intensityactivity onto your next workout or go for a higher-intensity option.

2. divide and conquer

If time is tight, do just 1 set of each resistance move (try fewer reps with heavier weights) or 20 minutes of cardio (preferably doingintervals, such as Rolling Hills). Repeat 2-3 times instead of 5-6 times.

3. just do it

Start your workout, even though you don't feel like it. Put on your workout clothes, tie your shoes, get out there and, chances are, by the timeyou've done all that, your mind will be back in the game.

4. change the scenery

If you do every workout at the gym, try doing a few outside if weather permits. Take a kickboxing class in place of a cardio session -- or substitute a yogaclass for a strength workout. Get creative!

5. partner up

Plan on doing yourprogram with a pal, and you'll be less likely to 86 your exercise plans.

6. get over it

Don't beat yourself up for one missed workout. Focus on the ones you have done, then get right back in the saddle.