Quote collections are one of my favorite sources of inspiration! Any time you need a little extra dose of motivation to get moving, check out any of these words of wisdom (be sure to pin and share your faves!).
What do you think are the best motivational quotes for working out? Share your top picks with us in the comments!
#1: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.” – Henry David Thoreau
This is one of my favorite quotes because it is so true. While we’re often so focused on what we’ll get when we achieve our goals, we don’t realize how much evolution happens on the way there! Working towards your goals is the transformational part — and learning to enjoy and evolve during the process can be the difference between happiness and contentment now versus thinking everything will change once you arrive at your destination. Every step forward (no matter how small!) is a step towards your personal growth!
#2: “Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” – Jim Rohn
Don’t let the things you want make you forget all the things you have! Gratitude is one of the fastest ways to experience happiness. If we only focus on all that we want to achieve, do and create, we’re missing out on the magic of the present moments we’re in! Waiting to be happy when you have or do xy or z is the surest way to live a frustrating, unfulfilled life. Learn to appreciate where you are today while working towards where you want to be tomorrow.
#3: “Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out.” – Jack LaLanne
We often think that a healthy lifestyle is an all or nothing endeavor, but it’s more like what Jack LaLanne explains with this wonderful quote — the more you continue to make regular deposits into your health ‘account’ (with regular movement, nourishing foods, quality sleep), the less impact the once-in-awhile events (like a period of higher stress, a few less than ideal meals, or a couple of missed workouts) have on the remaining balance. Daily deposits into your health account are ideal as the compound interest on your wellbeing is the greatest dividend there is.
#4: “In this world, you’re either growing or you’re dying, so get in motion and grow.” – Lou Holtz
Science has shown us that regular exercise really is the fountain of youth (just another great reason to exercise!). So to avoid growing older and stiffer, move your body as often as you can and challenge yourself to grow both physically and mentally to stay young and vibrant at any age. Physical activity is good for your body and your brain, so keep on moving!
#5: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” – Tich Nhat Hahn
We are learning more and more every day about just how valuable regular exercise is to our health and well-being. There’s plenty of scientific evidence showing a direct link between regular exercise (and not necessarily the all-out effort kind – many studies show that even just brisk walking helps!) and reduced risk of disease. Exercise really is the best medicine, and every little bit counts, so get up and get moving!
#6: “Use what you’ve been through as fuel, believe in yourself and be unstoppable!” – Yvonne Pierre
Many of us have faced some very real obstacles and challenges in this life. Exercise helps us build the stamina we need to turn those events into opportunities for positive growth and change. Whatever it is you may be dealing with right now, no matter what limitations you may be facing, look for ways to turn your struggle into your strength. There are so many different ways to get moving and they don’t have to look the way you think they need to in order to be effective. Exercise is an incredible tool for building physical and mental strength as well as self-confidence, so don’t ever let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can!
Need more inspiration? Click here to read about the blind swimmer who has won 55 (yes, 55!) gold medals or here to read about the 69-year-old-double-amputee who climbed Mount Everest. Talk about being unstoppable!
#7: “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
Another one of my all-time favorites, this quote is a wonderful reminder that everyone who got where they are now, simply started where they once were. Meaning, you don’t have to be great or even good to get started, but if you ever want to build strength, skills or achieve any other personal goal, you have to start with what you have today to get there someday. You don’t need the perfect plan, program or specific goal to begin — get moving right now, even if it’s just for 10 minutes (when in doubt, walk it out!). Every little bit counts. If you’ve been waiting for everything to be perfect to get started, stop waiting! There will never be a more ‘perfect’ moment than this one, so, to quote the great Dr. Suess, today is your day… so get on your way!
#8: “It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop.” – Confucius
It’s hard not to compare your journey and results to others’ – we see before and after photos and testimonials of those who have achieved what we want to do in a few short weeks or months, but we have to remember, that is their journey (and one we don’t really know the full story about-), not ours. Slow and steady really does win this marathon of life, so don’t give up on your goals if you aren’t getting what you want fast enough. Consistency is the key to getting (and keeping!) results, especially in the long term. Set yourself up to win by creating small, manageable goals that you can work towards with little daily steps instead of trying to overwhelm yourself with a complete lifestyle overhaul all at once. As long as you are slowly moving forward each day, that is all that matters!
#9: “Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.” – Jerry Dunn
Even though they can be tough to endure, challenges make us stronger. Challenging your muscles helps them to grow, and accomplishments you’ve worked hard to achieve can also help you come out stronger and more skilled on the other side. Don’t shy away from taking on new challenges just because they may be hard to get through, look at them as opportunities to grow, build stamina and self-esteem. You got this!
#10: “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” – Chinese Proverb
Intense pressure is what turns crystals into diamonds, and in the same way, when we challenge our body with the intensity of exercise we reap the benefits on our bones, body, and brain. The same could be said for the trials and tribulations we experience in life — these moments of friction and discomfort often leave us stronger and more capable than before. Look at your next workout as an opportunity to keep polishing, refining and developing not just your body, but your overall well-being. Chisel a little more away every day!