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By: Michele Sotak

It’s normal to experience a workout rut after weeks or months of going hard at the gym. You can’t expect to keep that same level of stamina and commitment forever without experiencing a bump or two in the road. Life gets in the way and sometimes staying in bed all weekend (with a few extra days to boot!) sounds a lot more enticing than taking an early-morning HIIT class. (We’ve all been there.)

But it’s not just us mere mortals that feel less-than-excited about upping our fitness game when we’re really not feeling it. Even your favorite athletes hit a wall sometimes. The Biggest Loser’s Jen Widerstrom recently proved this to be true when she revealed she also struggles with not wanting to work out every now and then. She does, however, have some advice for combatting those feelings. Here’s what Widerstrom told Lively.

How The Biggest Loser Trainer Jen Widerstrom Overcomes a Workout Rut

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“Unplug from the phone. Write down things that you like doing that has movement in it,” she says, offering her nuggets of wisdom to those experiencing the same obstacle. “Whether it’s window shopping or yoga on Sundays with friends, anything that strikes a sense of joy, write it down once a week and make it a non-negotiable.”

The Vital Proteins ambassador, whose favorite collagen product is our hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides, stresses that skipping a few days of exercise isn’t a deal breaker. However, it’s still important to incorporate movement after three days of rest.

“Apply the three-day rule; by the third full day of not working out, you have to log a workout,” she says. “You don’t have to work out for 3 days, but after day 4, it can’t happen without movement. Go to your happy list. We’re not built as humans to do everything. Start small and earn the right to have your goal by doing the reps.”

Photo: @jenwiderstrom/Instagram