I know that, from first-hand experience, staying motivated to exercise can be TOUGH! I have days when I feel unstoppable and that I feel like I can work out forever, and other days where getting out of bed seems like more trouble than it is worth.
Motivation can be very unreliable at times – it’s there one minute and gone the next. That’s why I find it useful to read motivational fitness quotes anytime I feel my enthusiasm for exercising waning.
Motivational quotes are designed to reignite the fire in your belly and rev up your enthusiasm. Some challenge you, some nurture you, and some scare or shame you. We all respond to motivational quotes differently so seek out quotes that turn you on and not off.
Once you find some good quotes that leave you feeling empowered and energized, write them down and put them in places you know you’ll see them. I have some next to my computer right now to remind me that, once I’ve finished writing this article, I have to get up and go for a run. Do I feel like running today? No! But those quotes will help get me out the door and running down the street.
Here are some of my favorite motivational quotes. If you have some you’d like to share with me and the readers of Days to Fitness, place put them in the comments box below.
“The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vince Lombardi
Vince Lombardi was a famous football coach who had dozens of motivational sayings he used to fire up his players. I love this one the best because it reminds me that, if I want to achieve something, I’ll have to work at it but if I do the work, I will succeed.
“That which does not kill me makes me stronger” – Friedrich Nietzsche
While exercise doesn’t have to be painful, for it to be effective, you are going to have to get at least a little uncomfortable. Some people find that discomfort a real turn off. But, if you want to get fitter or stronger, you must push yourself out of your comfort zone. I repeat this quote over and over when I am running – especially up a steep hill – to remind myself that what I am doing will make me fitter, slimmer, and a happier, healthier person. I just need to endure!
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it; if you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
Many people do not believe that they can lose weight and get fit. They’ll use their genetics as an excuse or say things like “I’ve always been overweight.” But, if you sit for a moment and imagine a slimmer, fitter you, you can start moving along the path to achieving it. Every great achievement in the history of humankind began with imagining something new. Picture a new you in your mind and then set your sights on achieving it.
“What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates
Lots of people take their bodies and their health for granted. It’s only when they are old and ill that they wish that they ate more healthily or did more exercise. Then, often, it’s too late! Don’t waste your health and your fitness by not exercising and not eating properly – as Socrates says, it’s a disgrace and should be a crime!
“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.” – Jack LaLanne, the “Godfather of Fitness.”
When you eat right and exercise, amazing things happen to not just your body but your mind, your energy, and your health. I promise that all the work is worth it. Like saving money for a rainy day, you might not realize the benefits of eating right and exercising for many years but, eventually, you’ll be glad you did it as it’s all “money in the bank.”
Please share your favorite quotes in the comments section below. If it motivates you, it’ll probably motivate the readers (and me) too!