Motivational quotes for exercise

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Motivation to Exercise

Motivational Quotes for Exercise

Some people find that exercise is a very hard thing to find motivation for in everyday life. There are hundreds of ways to stay motivated while you exercise. One way to stay motivated while exercising is to arm yourself with the proper ammo.

This ammunition comes in the form of words for your motivational pleasure. Sometimes we just do not feel like exercising, but hearing the right words can really amp up our motivation.


Motivation Quotes for Exercise –  Getting Started

Some of us just have problems getting started with exercising. However, all it takes are a few words of wisdom and you will be jumping on that treadmill in no time. We will provide you with the words to get your exercise session started right. Getting started with exercise really is more of a battle over your mind than anything else. Tell yourself you can do it and revive your spirit with these motivational quotes:

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

“The difference between try and triumph is just a little umph!”

– Marvin Phillips

“First you fuel the desire, then the desire will fuel you.”

– Napoleon Hill

Motivation Quotes for Exercise – Finding Time

Most people find an excuse to not exercise. What are some of those excuses? People complain that they do not have enough time to exercise. In some cases, this is a true statement because there is never enough time in the day for anyone. Finding time to exercise is all about making time:

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
– Charles Buxton

“If you haven’t got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?” – Jeffery J. Mayer

Motivation Quotes for Exercise – Finding Time

Perhaps you started the day out right with a great exercise session…what about tomorrow? Staying physically fit is more than just exercising once in a blue moon. Make goals for yourself and stick to them. There is no right or wrong time to get started on your exercise goals. Let go of the guilt and make the choice to start getting the job done. No matter how many times you have to start over with your exercise goals, you can win it:

“You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” – Margaret Thatcher

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there”
– Will Rogers

Other Forms of Motivation

Quotes are an excellent way to gain some motivation, but for some people that just is not enough. Find your own personal way to motivate your exercise goals. Here are a few motivational ideas:

  1. Treat yourself to something that is catered to you. If you meet your exercise goals for the week, then take yourself out for some frozen yogurt.
  2. Pay yourself for exercising. Nothing motivates a person like money, so pay yourself every time you actually complete your exercise goal for the day or week.
  3. Join an exercise club with people like you. Sometimes we refrain from going to the gym because we are intimidated with others. Join a club or group where people are at the same fitness level as you. If you cannot find a club, then start an exercise group yourself.
  4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You are your own worst critic. Take some time and list goals for yourself. Setting goals may be just the wakeup call you need to get started on exercising.
  5. Splurge on exercise equipment that will make exercise fun. Sometimes the same old exercise can get exhausting, so spice it up! Add some new weights to your workout routine.
  6. Keep a chart with your success on it. Everyone likes to brag and you can too. Put up a chart with your weight loss success, so others can share your joy. People will be happy for you because you want to find the healthier you.

Everyone lives by different motivation. What motivates you to exercise? Do you have any motivational quotes for exercise that you can share?



{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Marybeth @ October 10, 2011 at 11:22 am

I love almost all inspriational and motivational quotes. These are good ones!


2 Dee @ Cocktails with Mom October 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

I have been exercising regularly for the past several weeks and it feels great! A little motivation never hurts.


3 Marcie W. October 10, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Love these! When I lost my big amount of weight I lived by “Nothing will taste as good as being thin and healthy will feel”


4 HilLesha October 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Great quotes!


5 Shop with Me Mama (Kim) October 10, 2011 at 8:57 pm

I can always use motivational anything when it comes to exercise! Thanks!


6 blueviolet October 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

I love that wordle and having something looking at you all the time as a reminder like that would be great.


7 Katie Jones October 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm

This is such an excellent post. I like the incorporation of the quotes! I like to look at quotes for inspiration, so I think I will definitely be posting these up on my wall.


8 Kathleen October 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

These are great and really motivational. i love the “little umph” one. How true it is!


9 Grady Pruitt October 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

what Charlie Buxton said is so true. You can’t find the time, you must make it. Like Kathleen I also like the “little umph” one.

Thanks for sharing these great quotes!


10 Sheila October 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Great Quotes. I love motivation quotes and saying.


11 Anne - Mommy Has to Work October 11, 2011 at 8:33 pm

I’m going to print them out – thanks!


12 Anne October 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Great quotes, and very motivating.


13 Tricia Night owl Mama October 12, 2011 at 3:28 am

I so needed some of these rightnow I’m in a slump


14 Virginia from That Bald Chick October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

Thanks, I needed these!


15 Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy October 14, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Thanks, I need all the motivation I can get!


16 Courtney October 16, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Great motivations!


17 Brandi @ Flip Flop Mama October 17, 2011 at 12:08 am

Those are great quotes and ways to stay motivated. I have a major long term diet problem, I’m great in the short term but forget it long term, I lose the motivation quick.


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