Working out is one of my favorite ways to de-stress, and these favorite motivational workout quotes I found in Women’s Health Magazine a little bit of time ago really help me power through when I want to give up. Working out increases your physical and mental health. Each time you push past your previous level of strength or endurance, you’re giving yourself a free self esteem boost, along with seriously strong muscles both mentally and physically. Working out is a great way to prevent disease, lose or maintain weight, gain strength, develop lean muscles, increase your flexibility, work your heart and prevent bone loss. Next time you’re thinking about quitting halfway through your workout, or feel afraid to push to a new level, try some of the following situations with specific motivational quotes for each one that always work for me.
1. FOR THOSE EARLY MORNING OR LATE NIGHT WORKOUTS
One of the best times to use these motivational workout quotes is when you’re considering working out at all, such as first thing in the morning, or late at night when you get off work. Here’s my favorite quote for this situation, which gets my booty in gear every time: “I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.”
2. WHEN YOU’RE TRYING A NEW WORKOUT
When you’re up against a new workout, sometimes it can be embarrassing in front of other people, or uncomfortable because you’re not familiar with the workout itself. To combat this fear of the unknown, here’s my go to quote: “Don’t judge it, just do it.”
3. WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING UPHILL
Running uphill is certainly a time when motivational workout quotes come in handy. I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve huffed and puffed my way up a hill with a quote in the back of my mind. I recently found this funny quote that keeps me lighthearted and gives me a good laugh that pushes me through: “Kill…Kill…Kill. The. Hill.” (You say the words to match your feet hitting the ground, and it creates a rhythm for you to fall into. A little violent, but hey, it works.)
4. FOR PERSPECTIVE
The following quote is from an associate editor from Women’s Health Magazine, and I find it hilarious but so true! No one can work out for you, nor can anyone tone your booty, or any other body part you have, but you! Take responsibility and try this perspective: “If you don’t focus on your butt, no one else will.” — Cristina Goyanes, 27, Women’s Health associate editor, New York City
5. FOR INNER STRENGTH
In some of my most trying personal times, working out has literally saved my life. Releasing emotions through nonviolent physical action is such a healthy way to develop your inner strength. It gives you a physical reminder that you are stronger than you imagine. Here’s my favorite quote for this scenario: “A strong outside strengthens the inside.”
6. FOR TIMES OF ANXIETY
When you want to pull your hair out and scream at the top of your lungs from anger, stress or hurt, then go for a run or intense cardio session, or a nice strength training session. Repeat the following quote that I happen to love, until you literally perform this action: “Push the stress out!”
7. FOR VISUAL REALIZATION
Maybe you need a visual image to get you through a workout. I’ve got the perfect quote for you in this case, especially a yoga session. I love using this repetitive quote to remind me of why I work out in the first place: “Strong, lean and long, strong, lean and long, strong, lean and long…strong, lean, long…thin, strong, lean, long…”
So, what quotes do you use to get you through your grunt sessions? I want to hear ’em, ladies! Share the workout love and sound off on your favorites!
8. YOU MISS 100% OF THE SHOTS YOU DON’T TAKE. – WAYNE GRETZKY
There’s no truer saying than this, one of my favorite motivational workout quotes, spoken by former Canadian NHL player Wayne Gretzky. If you don’t try, then you won’t succeed. If you don’t keep at it, you won’t see results. So take a chance. Prove to yourself that you can do it. You’ll find that some days will be harder than others, but just remember that having a bad workout is better than having no workout at all.
9. TAKE CARE OF YOUR BODY. IT’S THE ONLY PLACE YOU HAVE TO LIVE. – JIM ROHN
American motivational speaker, Jim Rohn, could not have said this any better. I don’t know about you, but I hate getting sick. It’s the worst feeling in the world when you don’t feel your best. So you should treat your body the best way you can, and one way to do that is to maintain a consistent workout routine. Take the time to exercise, to get strong, and to get healthy, because your body is all that you have. Your body is a temple, so treat it like one. If you’re good to your body, it will reciprocate.
10. NO ONE HAS EVER DROWNED IN SWEAT. – LOU HOLTZ
Lou Holtz is an American football coach that is now retired. This quote reflects the hard work that’s needed in order to achieve success. I know I’ve had a decent workout when I’ve got a good sweat on. In my opinion, if you’re not sweating, you’re not working out hard enough. Exercising should be a time where you can just let go. So don’t be afraid to get messy. Get down and dirty, because working up a sweat means you’re doing it right.
11. NEVER QUIT. NEVER GIVE UP. – GABBY DOUGLAS
Spoken by Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas, this quote reflects that you can truly do anything if you set your mind to it. You might feel tired, and you might feel like you want to give up, but you can’t let yourself down like that. Don’t give up your dreams. Prove it to yourself that you can overcome anything by never quitting. Gabby started training when she was six. She won gold in the Olympics at the age of sixteen, all because she never gave up on her dream. Let Gabby be your inspiration.
12. SUCCESS DOESN’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT. KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE PRIZE AND DON’T LOOK BACK. – ERIN ANDREWS
American sportscaster, Erin Andrews, is right. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Achieving your fitness goal will take some time. Just make sure to remember the important reasons why you’re doing what you’re doing. Be good to yourself. Give it time and have some patience. Before you know it you’ll start seeing and feeling the results.
13. IF YOU’RE NOT FAILING, YOU’RE NOT TRYING HARD ENOUGH. – JILLIAN MICHAELS
Personal trainer and TV personality Jillian Michaels might be tough, but you have to have thick skin if you want to succeed in anything. It takes a few stumbles before you can walk. You’ll get scrapes and bruises, but the scars show that you are giving it your all. Take this quote into account during your next workout. Remember that success is not immediate. You have to work very hard to get to where you want to be in life. It takes a couple of setbacks before you can reach the top.
14. JUST DO IT – NIKE
It’s as plain and simple as that. Stop making excuses and get out there. The sooner you start exercising, the sooner your workout will be finished, and the sooner you will notice the rewards. You don’t have to be great at it, or look good doing it. Just keep your goal in mind and do your thing.
15. NO PAIN, NO GAIN
These are just a few motivational workout quotes to get your mojo going. Everyone has a tiger inside them, some just have to dig deeper to unleash it. Do you have any quotes that you live by? Which of these quotes motivates you the most to exercise? What other types of things motivate you to keep fit?