Motivational quotes can be applied to all aspects of your life, and fitness is no exception. The following are 10 quotes that will make you reflect on your life and help make your healthy lifestyle stick.
“Strive For Progress, Not Perfection.” – unknown
If you try to be perfect, you will fail every time. Fitness is about making continual progress. Try to be a better version of you than you were yesterday. Every small step you take in the right direction is a victory, and you are a healthier you as a result. Be proud of those small victories, as they will be what keeps that motivational spark alive.
“Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference.” – unknown
We often think that big problems require big solutions, but that isn’t the case at all. Something as simple as subbing a glass of water for one of your sodas every day has the potential to create a snowball effect.
Before you know it you’ll have quit drinking soda, and you’ll be well on your way to tackling your next goal. Make small goals that you can achieve on a frequent basis, and watch the difference that makes.
“Fitness is Not a Destination, It’s a Way of Life.” – unknown
We are often tempted to set an end date for our goals, but this can be a mistake. Fitness isn’t about completing a 12 week eating plan. It’s about broadening your time horizon while you live your life in a healthy way.
Try to remove yourself from the day-to-day grind of losing weight, and work towards making healthy eating and exercise second nature so that you can focus on more important things like family, friends, and life.
“It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done.” – Nelson Mandela
Think about the things you want to accomplish. Do you want to lose 100 pounds? Do you want to run a marathon? These things might seem impossible to you right now, but given enough time, you’d be surprised what you can accomplish.
With enough patience and consistency, just about anything is possible. And once you complete your once-thought impossible task, every new goal you set seems that much easier to accomplish.
“If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You.” – Fred DeVito
You can’t spell challenge without change. Change is a hard thing to do, but it’s far from impossible. You have to challenge yourself to be a better person, and then you have to rise to that challenge. You have to push through those artificial limits you set for yourself, and challenge yourself both mentally and physically if you want to make lasting change.
“If You Wait For Perfect Conditions, You’ll Never Get Anything Done.” – Ecclesiastes 11:4
You’re ready to make a change in your life, but things aren’t quite the way you want them yet. Maybe you’re still confused about some aspect of nutrition, or maybe you have an event in the near future that will prohibit you from staying on track.
It doesn’t matter. Nothing will ever be just the way you want it. You have to start and learn to adapt when problems arise. It’s much easier to make changes once you’ve started than it is to get everything perfect before you start.
“Failure is Not Falling Down, but Refusing to Get Up.” – Chinese Proverb
You’re a failure, and that’s OK. I’m a failure too, and everyone who has ever succeeded in their life is a failure too. Failure is not only going to happen, but it’s necessary for physical and emotional growth.
The difference between those who succeed and those who don’t, is the people who succeed pick themselves right back up, dust themselves off, learn from their failure, and become stronger as a result. Don’t be afraid to fail.
“There are No Shortcuts to Any Place Worth Going.” – Beverly Sills
This is similar to the quote – nothing in life worth doing comes easy. There are no shortcuts to a healthy lifestyle. It takes hard work to change your habits. It’s hard work to push through mental and physical limitations.
Focusing on ways to bypass this hard work takes the attention off the journey and the true meaning of fitness – personal growth and empowerment.
“Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone.” – Neale Donald Walsch
The best things in life come when you push yourself out of your comfort zone. It’s easy to get caught in a cycle of perpetual acceptance. We feel comfortable with our current lives. We like what we eat and the activities we do.
The thought of doing something different makes you want to avoid it that much more. Don’t be afraid to take a step out of your comfort zone and take a look around. You might just like what you see.
“Every Accomplishment Starts With the Decision to Try.” – Gail Devers
I know you think you can’t do something. You’ve probably made hundreds of excuses for why you can’t. You rationalize your thoughts and talk yourself out of doing what’s important to you. You’re too old. It’s too much work.
But how do you know? Have you given it an honest try? When is the last time you did something for the first time? Goals and dreams are only accomplished once you make the decision to try. What do you want in your life? Go and make it happen.