Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Offers the Motivation We Need Heading Into the New Year: ‘You Are Entirely Up to You’

Stop making excuses and standing in your own way, the workout and wellness leader advised.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg poses in a silver metallic top and matching necklace.

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Heading into 2024, Melissa Wood-Tepperberg’s mantra is simple: “You are entirely up to you.”

Each and every day, we have a tendency to make excuses for not prioritizing our own wellness. We’re busy. We don’t always have time to perform our whole workout routine. But that doesn’t have to stop us from doing something, anything to make us feel just a touch better each and every day.

That’s the crux of Wood-Tepperberg’s latest wellness tip. We can—and do—make any excuse in the book not to prioritize movement on any given day. Even the workout and wellness leader gives into her busy schedule and puts movement on the back burner from time to time.

“I was sitting here listening and believing my own bull... as to why I couldn’t [move],” she said in a recent TikTok. “And then I was like O.K., enough, stop telling yourself this because what you think and what you believe, you become.”

When we do prioritize movement, if only for 10 or 15 minutes (or whatever our busy schedules allow), we are bound to feel better. That’s Wood-Tepperberg’s advice. Rather than giving in to her reasons for foregoing movement, she took the 23 minutes she had before her next call and made the most of them. “[I] just did it instead of sitting here spiraling, and [thinking of] all the reasons why you’re unable to take care of yourself.”

After all, as she reminded us, “How you want to show up is entirely up to you.”

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Martha Zaytoun


Martha Zaytoun is a Lifestyle & Trending News writer for SI Swimsuit. Before joining the team, Martha worked on the editorial board of the University of Notre Dame’s student magazine and on the editorial team at Chapel Hill, Durham and Chatham Magazines in North Carolina. When not working, Martha loves to watercolor and oil paint, run or water ski. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a huge Fighting Irish fan.