Melissa Wood-Tepperberg Shares the Motivational Talk on Creating Healthy Habits We All Need

The 2023 SI Swimsuit rookie provided some perspective on sticking to wellness routines.
Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

Melissa Wood-Tepperberg.

Whenever we need a dose of health and wellness inspiration, we often turn to Melissa Wood-Tepperberg. The certified Pilates and yoga instructor recently shared a TikTok about what to do when you’re lacking motivation that’ll no doubt put some perspective on sticking to your healthy habits.

“It’s the days when you wake up and you don’t want to do any of it that make the biggest difference in your transformation and your commitment to yourself. So if you woke up today and you’re not feeling it, I want you to lean in to how good you know you’re going to feel after you lean into your habits,” the MWH founder offered. “When you’re lacking motivation, I want you to take one foot in front of the other, be so damn grateful that you get to do this. That attitude and that mentality right there changes things. And then you get to work.”

Wood-Tepperberg went on to note that whether your routine includes hot water with lemon, green juice or meditation, you’ll never regret moving your body and sticking to your healthy habits.

“This was me today! And I did it 😁 pushed through,” one person noted in the comments.

“You are so awesome!” someone else applauded. “I always ask myself if I don’t do it today why do I think I will tomorrow! What we do today improves our tomorrow🖤.”

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.