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Whether you love it or hate it, exercise is vital for overall health. It reduces stress, strengthens the heart, helps control weight and improves self-esteem, but that's not all exercise is good for.
Being active has a variety of added benefits that many don't realize.
You may have set a goal to exercise every day. But now you're stuck, feeling unmotivated just thinking about doing all that work. We all know that the hardest part of doing something is typically getting that first burst of strength to get up and start, and prioritizing one's fitness can be difficult.
However, it is critical to keep on track and strive for your health goals. Take back control with these exercise quotes guaranteed to get you excited and energized today!
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Motivational Exercise Quotes
Success is what comes after your stop making excuses.
When you think about quitting, think about why you started.
When you hit failure, your workout has just begun.
When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.
When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow’.
Success starts with self-discipline.
When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel once I finally reach my goal.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.
Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.
Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.
My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’
Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.
May the next few months be a period of magnificent transformation.
If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.
Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will.
It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.
If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.
If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.
Confidence comes from discipline and training.
Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.
I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
I don’t count my sit-ups. I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.
I can’t control everything in my life, but I can control what I put in my body.
Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.
Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.
Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.
Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.
Because the next few months will go by whether you workout or not. Make them count.
Inspirational Exercise Quotes
All great achievements require time.
You can’t expect to feel like a million bucks if you eat from the dollar menu.
You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.
You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go.
You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.
All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
There is a moment when you get older when your metabolism slows down and you don’t feel like working out any more, so you don’t want to keep yourself fit any more, but that’s your decision. Why should you be judged for it?
There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.
There are two types of pain in this world: pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.
The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.
Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.
Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. People can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.
Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.
All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.
Note to Self: You gotta do this for you. This is for you. This isn’t about anybody. Live for you. Honor you. Never lose sight of that.
I’m not a waif-y girl and never will be. I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape.
I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.
I will beat her. I will train harder. I will eat cleaner. I know her strengths. I’ve lost to her before but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the old me.
Action is the foundational key to all success.
I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.
I train to be the best in the world on my worst day.
I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.
Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.
Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.
A year from now you may wish you had started today.
Here’s what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We’re given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized.
Health is not about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain.
Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.
Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
Don’t give up because you had a bad day. Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow.
Funny Exercise Quotes
Someone busier than you is working out right now.
70% of people that start a fitness plan quit. Except you. Not this time.
A 30-minute workout is just two percent of your day. No excuses.
A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.
A feeble body weakens the mind.
A good workout is when you make your dry fit shirt look like false advertising.
Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home.
Take care of your body. It’s the one place you have to live.
The best investment you make is your own health.
You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.
Slow progress is better than no progress.
The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Self-confidence is a superpower. Once you start to believe in yourself, the magic starts happening.
Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale
Sore. The most satisfying pain.
Sticks and stones may break my bones but squats will make me badass.
Three months from now, you will thank yourself.
To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.
You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.
You’re going to have to let it hurt. Let it suck. The harder you work, the better you will look. Your appearance isn’t parallel to how heavy you lift, it’s parallel to how hard you work.
Your body can do it. It’s time to convince your mind.
Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.
Your success is found in your daily routine.
Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.
Your current body is the only body that can take you to your new body — so be kind to it.
Your mind will quit 100 times before your body ever does. Feel the pain and do it anyway.
Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out.
Short Exercise Quotes
Wake up. Work out. Look hot. Kick ass.
You get what you work for.
Turn the pain into power.
Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.
You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.
The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.
You are stronger than you think.
You are one workout away from a better mood.
Work out. Eat well. Be patient. Your body will reward you.
Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.
You gotta nourish in order to flourish.
Wishing won’t change anything. Go make it happen.
Wish less. Work more.
The body achieves what the mind believes.
Sweat is magic. Cover yourself in it daily to grant your wishes.
Sweat is just fat crying.
Suck it up. And one day you won’t have to suck it in.
Running is not just exercise; it is a lifestyle.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.
Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Work hard, good results will come.
Train insane or remain the same.
Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.
Put all excuses aside and remember this: You are capable.
Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.
Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.
Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.
Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.
Today I will love myself enough to exercise.
Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
No pain. No gain. Shut up and train.
No matter how slow you go you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.
Making excuses burns zero calories per hour
Make every workout count.
Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.
It hurts now, but one day it will be your warm-up.
It comes down to one simple thing: How bad do you want it?
It always seems impossible until it is done.
You did not wake up today to be mediocre.
If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.
It’s normal to not eat perfectly.
It’s actually pretty simple. Either you do it, or you don’t.
It never gets easier, you just get better.
Keep going, you are getting there.
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.
First they will laugh. Then they will copy. Don’t give up.
Fall in love with the process and the results will come.
Fall in love with taking care of your body.
Exercise, my natural high.
Exercise to have fun and be healthy, not just to lose weight.
Exercise more. Soon, it’s going to feel amazing.
Exercise is therapy.
Eating well is a form of self respect.
Eat like you love your body.
Eat good. Feel good
Each day you must choose the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.
Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.
Don’t train to be skinny. Train to be a bad ass.
Don’t say ‘I can’t.’ Say, ‘I presently struggle with’.
Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.
Create healthy habits, not restrictions.
Don’t count the days, make the days count.
Don’t be afraid of being a beginner.
A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.
A little progress each day adds up to big results.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Nothing truly great ever came from a comfort zone.
My summer body is in progress.
Hustle for that muscle.
Good things come to those who sweat.
Be stronger than your strongest excuse.
Morning Exercise Quotes
An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.
The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.
The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.
Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.
The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
There’s a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.
The muscle and the mind must become one. One without the other is zero.
There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams.
The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.
The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.
The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.
The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
Exercise is labor without weariness.
The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.
The gym is not the social club for the fit. It’s a training ground for everyone.
Exercise is like telling your body “you’re gonna hate me for this, but you’ll thank me later.”
Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you ‘ve got a kingdom.
Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.
Exercise equals endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.
Exercise as soon as you get up, you will see what a difference it makes to your life.
Every workout counts even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Just do it.
Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.
Walking Exercise Quotes
What seems impossible today will one day become your warm-up.
Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
Less sugar, more fruit. Less soda, more water. Less driving, more walking. Less worry, more sleep. Less words, more action.
When a girl is working out and tightens her ponytail, you know it’s about to go down.
What’s important is to get into shape and then not to have to worry about it. I don’t want to get on stage and not being able to do something. Not being physically fit doesn’t work for me.
What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there—as long as you’re willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There’s just you, this moment, and a choice.
To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
The groundwork for all happiness is good health.
Progress: you might not be where you want to be, but you’re not where you used to be.
Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.
Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.
The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.
The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.
The deadlift also serves as a way to train the mind to do things that are hard.
The difference between wanting and achieving is discipline.
One workout at a time. One day at a time. One meal at a time.
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.
Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.
Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.
It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.
It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wears you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.
In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.
I’m not trying to look perfect. I just want to feel better, look great, know I’m healthy, and rock any outfit I choose.
The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.
If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.
If you still look good at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for 20 years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.
If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.
If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Going to the gym is great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind.
Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter.
Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
For me, exercise is more than just physical – it’s therapeutic.
Fitness starts in your head. You must choose to eat clean, exercise regularly, and treat your body with respect.
Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.
Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it.
Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start.
Daily exercise is one of the keys to excellent health.
Best Exercise Quotes
You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday
You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.
You have to think it before you can do it. The mind is what makes it all possible.
You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to do it.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.
We do not stop exercising because we grow old- we grow old because we stop exercising.
We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending.
As you can see, exercise quotes are great for getting you motivated and inspired. When it comes to exercising, just a few minutes of your time can change your life in the long term.
These exercise quotes are great ways to start off your day and keep the momentum going during your workout. While they alone won't get you there, they will help to set the tone.
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