It was a wise man who once said that the power of words is powerful. They can motivate you to soar and they can also cause you to feel defeated. This is why it’s so important to be careful of both the words that you use and the ones that you read and listen to when it comes to your exercise regimen. Indeed, fitness success is not just about what you do with your body, but what goes on into your mind as well.
Are you looking for some motivational quotes on fitness to keep you inspired? Here are five of them that you can post on your bathroom mirror, tape to your treadmill or even put on your refrigerator every time you’re tempted to (unhealthily) snack between meals. After all, sometimes a good word is all that we need to keep us focused and centered on the task at hand: our health and well-being.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”—Mark Twain
When it comes to health and fitness, four of the deadliest words are “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Does it really matter if you plan to run a mile per day if you never start? The answer would be a resounding “No!” If you are someone who struggles with procrastination, the key to overcoming it is by not thinking in grand scale terms. Don’t say you’re going to get fit enough to run in the half-marathon next year if you’ve never ran one before. Start off with, “Today, I’m going to walk around the neighborhood.” The more “todays” that you commit to, the more you’ll discover that the “tomorrows” will take care of themselves.
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”—Lou Holtz
Sometimes, we’re not as consistent as we probably should be with our workout regimen because we feel bad about the fact that we can’t do the moves as well or as quickly as we think that we should. Remember that when it comes to your personal fitness needs, it’s not a competition. Keep a positive attitude, stay focused on your long-term health goals and tell yourself every day that you’re worth every bit of time, energy and effort that you’re investing into yourself.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson
There are a lot of wise sayings out here. One that seems to be a favorite for a lot of people is “Fake it until you make it.” This saying can be a bit difficult to apply when it comes to exercise because if you hate doing it, it’s hard to fake that you don’t. Instead, think of things that can be incorporated into your exercise routine that you can be excited about. Workout to your favorite music. Watch one of the programs that you missed last week while exercising; or exercise while watching your favorite fitness show. Treat yourself to a bit of yogurt or a couple of pieces of dark chocolate at the end of your routine. If you have things to light a fire under you, in no time, you’ll be hotter than ever!
“The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.”—Unknown
Do you want to know how some people are able to stay looking fit for years on end? It’s because they didn’t just decide to work out to lose 10 pounds or because they have a big event coming up. They do it because they know that exercise should be a part of their daily lifestyle. If working out is not something that you particularly like to do, then set short term goals for yourself. Strive to lose five pounds. Then strive to get your legs toned. Then strive to run 30 minutes straight without stopping. Every time you complete a task, celebrate it and then set another one. It’s a wonderful (and effective) formula for staying active and fit.
“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”—Michael Jordan
This is a great one because it reminds us all that even the most esteemed athletes have failed before. What made them a success is that they kept on going in spite of it. You’re going to have days when you skip out on exercising and moments when you don’t stick to your diet like you should have. Don’t use that as an excuse to quit altogether. When you mess up, admit it, forgive yourself, release it and in the famous words of W.C. Fields, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!” Try until you get it right.