Often, people talk about not having the motivation get to the gym and workout. For some people, it can be the simple act of getting out of the house and getting yourself to the gym that is the hard part. For others, the fear of failure or self-doubt can cripple you and make it hard to want to workout. Still others have things they simply would rather be doing, such as going out with friends.
No matter the reason, motivation can be hard to come by. This is especially true in the winter months when going home to curl up on the couch is more appealing than putting on shorts and getting active. When I feel my motivation lacking, I let quotes, whether it be from a successful athlete or someone else, inspire me.
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. – Jerry Rice
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” –Aristotle
No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Unknown
The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you have never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
You are only one workout away from a good mood.” –Unknown
“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That’s what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they’ll go through the pain no matter what happens.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger
If you tired of starting over, stop giving up.” – Unknown
When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” –Unknown
It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a spring to get in shape.” – Kerri Walsh Jenning
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins
Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t, pretend that you do and, at some point, you will.” – Venus Williams
We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending.” –Zig Zig
Think about where you could be if you had started when you first had the idea. Think about where you could be six months from now if you start now.” –Unknown
“Every day is another chance to get stronger, eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.” – Unknown
There are a lot of ways to utilize these quotes to your advantage and let them motivate you. Your favorite ones can be put on post-it notes around your home or office to remind you of why you began your fitness journey and to help motivate you to get to the gym. You could set one as the background of your phone or your computer to be a constant reminder. You can even use them as a personal mantra when you are trying to push out the last set in the gym.
No matter how you use them, let these motivate you. There is a reason you go the gym, whether it be for health, weight loss, or something else. No matter what it is, when your motivation lessens, pump yourself back up. If you have another quote that fuels your motivation, share it with us in the comments below!