For a lot of us, actually getting to the gym is the biggest hurdle of our workouts—but sometimes all it takes is a couple butt-kicking fitness motivational quotes to get us out the door. Once our shoes are laced up and we’ve got our heads right, suddenly hitting the elliptical at 6 a.m. or heading to a Pilates class after a long day at work doesn’t seem as brutal.
Whether from Pinterest, Tumblr or Instagram, there are thousands of inspiring fitness quotes out there on the internet, and we’re a fan of referencing them whenever we need that a little encouragement. If you’re really trying to lose those few extra pounds—or just sick to a fitness schedule—we recommend making your desktop wallpaper to one of these well-designed fitness quotes or even setting an alarm to read one of them. Either way, a little motivation will go a long way.
Here are 19 of the most inspirational health and fitness quotes around. Click through the slideshow to check ’em out.
Originally published August 2014. Updated March 2017.
“Every time you eat is an opportunity to nourish your body.”
“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Make it burn.”
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“You are entirely up to you. Make your body. Make your life. Make yourself.”
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“Work hard now. It will pay off later.”
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.”
“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.”
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“Stop holding yourself back. If you aren’t happy, make a change.”
“Motivation is what get you started. Habit is what keeps you going.”
“It never gets easier. You just get stronger.”
“No one ever drowned in sweat.”
“We have to reshape the perception of how we view ourselves.”
“Don’t stop when it hurts, stop when you’re done.”
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