ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Motivational Quotes and Tips to Help You Reach Your Fitness Goals

Updated on October 25, 2012
Source

Motivational Quotes

Genetics smiled on me when I was born. Both my parents are and have been thin and are very athletic people and I was blessed with their body types but unfortunately, not their love of exercise. I told myself that exercise just wasn’t “my thing” and somebody had to be on the sidelines cheering everyone else on. I made the signs, woke up early, and supported my family and friends through various races and triathlons. I jokingly referred to myself as “skinny fat” because while I was thin I was definitely not healthy.

But life has a funny way of introducing events in our lives that wake us up and allow us to see things from a whole new perspective. A year and a half ago my husband agreed to do a 5k scavenger hunt at Disney with a co-worker over our anniversary weekend. I was upset about the loss of our time and I asked him why he wouldn’t do the race with me and he answered honestly and said, “I didn’t even think about it. You haven’t run a day in your life and have said in the past you have no intention to.” While the words hurt they were the truth and that was the turning point for me. I asked my sister-in-law, who is an avid runner, to train and partner with me in the race. That was a year and a half ago and since then I have since competed in 4 obstacle course mud races, various 5k’s, a 15k, and one half-marathon. I am currently training for my first triathlon and along the way I have learned that it isn’t easy. You have to make a conscious effort everyday to get up and train because it is always easier to say I’ll start tomorrow. One way I motivate myself to get going is through reading quotes and using other people’s stories as my inspiration. So I am including a list of some of my favorite motivational quotes to help you on your journey.

Sign up for a race
Sign up for a race

Quotes

. “Fear is probably the thing that limits performance more than anything-the fear of not doing well, of what people will say. You’ve got to acknowledge those fears, then release them” –Mark Allen

2. “There is an advantage in the wisdom won from pain.” –Aeschvlus

3. “When a man says ‘I cannot’, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished.” –Muhammad Ali

4. “If you are always allowed to stop training whenever you feel discomfort, you will find it too easy to give yourself permission to quit.” –Jet Li

5. “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” –Wayne Dyer

6. “It’s always too early to quit.” –Norman Vincent Peale

7. “Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” –Tony Robbins

8. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we catch excellence.” –Vince Lombardi

9. Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.” –Joseph Pilates

10. “What fits your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?” –Randy Glasbergen

11. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” –Tera Childs

12. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” –Wayne Gretzky

13. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” –Mahatma Gandhi

14. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz

15. “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 again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” –Michael Jordan

Post medals to remind yourself how much you have accomplished
Post medals to remind yourself how much you have accomplished
Post goals where you can see them everyday.
Post goals where you can see them everyday.
A vision board is a great way to see your goals.
A vision board is a great way to see your goals.

Getting healthy and exercising has its many rewards and benefits but it does take a conscious effort to keep at it and not stop. To keep myself going, I post different quotes and goals around the house in places I see everyday. For example, for my upcoming triathlon, I posted the fastest times from the previous year’s winners on the mirror in my bathroom so I can see it everyday and know what I am working towards. Other good spots include the front and back door, the refrigerator, a vision board, and the underside of the visor in your car. Feel free to contribute any quotes or methods you use to motivate yourself everyday.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great quotes, I think this is all we need to get up and start exercising.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Vellur!

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      Nice hub. My favorite is Tera Childs' quote: “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” I'll keep that in mind next time I'm in my Ashtanga class!

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Om. As someone who used to do yoga regularly, I totally understand.

    • Jools99 profile image

      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      These quotes should inspire us all! ( though I am sitting on my butt as I read them) :o)

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comment Jools99. There are some days meant for sitting on butts and some meant for other things:)

    • profile image

      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      There are always many lessons to learn from whilst in pain. Thanks for the inspirational quotes, Jen!

    • mary615 profile image

      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I enjoyed reading your inspirational Hub. I admire you for what you have done. I have a daughter who runs every morning for about 3 miles and says she is addicted to running. She loves to run.

      I voted this Hub UP, etc. and will share.

    • FreezeFrame34 profile image

      FreezeFrame34 4 years ago from Charleston SC

      Inspiring and motivating! Love the quotes!

    • MelChi profile image

      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I love the phrase, "Pain is weakness leaving the body."

      I enjoyed reading these quotes, thanks! Voted up - interesting - useful.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comments KDuBarry03, FreezeFrame34, and MelChi. Pain does have a way if teaching us about who we really are.

    • Alecia Murphy profile image

      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      These are some great quotes, Jen! I have a hard time sometimes exercising but the end result reminds me why it is good to push through the pain.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Alecia! It is so hard to get going sometimes but well worth it in the end.

    • Millionaire Tips profile image

      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I think it is wonderful that you were able to make such a big change in your life. These are truly motivational quotes. I am going to have to post some around my house as well. Voted up.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Millionaire Tips. They do help motivate me to get going.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      An awesome motivational hub! I hope it inspires many couch potatoes to do more than they actually think they could.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Sunshine. I hope so also because not too long ago, I was the couch potato sitting on the sidelines!

    • miss1magination profile image

      miss1magination 4 years ago

      Hi Jen, I call myself shinny fat as well others think I m healthy but I m working on it:) thanks for the awesome quotes. I like No: 12. voted up

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comment missimagination!

    • CrisSp profile image

      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I love this one: “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” –Lou Holtz

      I'd say I'm also blessed with good metabolism and physical structure. Just turned 45 and my jeans (size 2) from 10 years ago still fits me. Big savings from buying new clothes, eh? But then again, I have to take care of it or else...well, because even though I like to move around and I enjoy works that involve some physical activities, I'd admit, I still need to be motivated from time to time.

      And, this one is a great motivational hub!

      Voted up and sharing. Thanks.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Wow...what a gathering of great quotes...you may not be motivational but you are inspirational! Congrats on your turn around. I used to be active and exercise, loved roller blading, but somewhere along the line got lazy...this hub makes me want to move!

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

    • vibesites profile image

      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      You know what, this hub hits me as I'm into exercising and being healthy. Excellent choice of inspiring quotes and needless to say they will keep me moving! Thanks...

      Up, awesome and shared. I also follow you as well. :)

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the comments CrisSp, tillsontitan, and vibesites. I appreciate the kind words and you taking the time to read through the quotes!

    • vocalcoach profile image

      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I like #10. Of course everyone of these quotes are motivating. Enjoyed reading your story and congratulations on your accomplishments. Wonderful! Now I'm eager to read more articles by you :) Thanks!

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you vocal coach for the kind words!

    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I found your story of your journey towards fitness intriguing. I applaud you! It isn't easy to make a lasting change from a pattern that is already part of our 'groove'. So, kudos to you.

      I've had two 'moves toward fitness'. One was over a year ago when I had to 'get moving'. At the end of the summer I prepared for my first 5 K and did so successfully. I even wrote a hub about it, including a video my friend taped. All fell to the wayside when I twisted my ankle and shortly after, started a very stressful job on the midnight shift.

      After a year of steadily regaining weight and then some, I hit the wall. The Dr scale read: 178! I had NEVER been so heavy in my entire life, including when I was pregnant x 2. I decided that was the line in the sand. I spent the rest of the week contemplating my game plan and started back to the gym January 14.

      I have lost 13 pounds so far and my doctor was absolutely thrilled with my 'numbers'. I've a long way to go, but I don't feel 'right' now when I don't exercise. I'm taking classes to break up the floor work, and love it.

      This August I will be participating in my first Triathlon with my sister and her friend. I'm proud to say "not bad for a gal pushing 60" I know I have a ways to go, but I'm encouraged by my progress and looking forward to reaching my goal.

      Best to you...keep up the good work. UP/I/U and sharing.

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for sharing your story with me Denise. I am getting ready for my first triathlon in 2 weeks as I ended up sick last October the day before the other one I signed up for.

      I wish you luck as you continue your journey!

    • twoseven profile image

      twoseven 4 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      Great quotes! I will keep them in mind as I am training for my sixth half marathon right now. Good luck on your tri!

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks twoseven! Good luck with the half marathoon!

    • ChristyWrites profile image

      Christy Birmingham 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awesome quotes full of motivation, thanks!

    • jenbeach21 profile image
      Author

      jenbeach21 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks Christy!

    Click to Rate This Article