Last Updated on February 22, 2021

60 Workout Motivation Quotes for Tough Workouts

60 Workout Motivation Quotes for Tough Workouts

When it comes to working out, you have to find some kind of schedule that works for you. For me, I either have to get up at 5 a.m. and work out before work or force myself to work out when I get home. The latter is difficult, because by the time I get home from work, I want to put on pajamas, not tennis shoes. If this sounds like you, workout motivation quotes can help.

It feels great to be active and get in shape, but sometimes it also feels good to watch Netflix in bed with a pizza[1]. It can be hard to keep the momentum going and hit the gym or your favorite workout class every morning. However, you have the potential to push yourself; you just have to want to.

Several years ago, I was gaining weight and talking myself out of fitness. “I’m too tired,” “I’ll work out tomorrow,” “I don’t have time.” But even when I was telling myself I was justified in skipping my exercises, I knew I was lying to myself.

I finally allowed a friend to really push me back into a pattern. Now, I work out every day, even if it’s just walking two miles on my lunch break. 

I’ve lost weight, but more importantly, I feel healthy again. Now that I’m getting back in shape, I’m able to see how much time I wasted talking myself out of it. Don’t let yourself have regrets, too.

If you really feel like you’re just too busy to get into a regular workout routine, check out Lifehack’s Busy Yet Fit Programme. It will help you learn how to fit exercise into your busy life.

60 Workout Motivation Quotes

When it comes to getting motivated, there are things that work and things that don’t. When I look at fitness models on Instagram, I wind up feeling bad about myself, but when I read motivational quotes or look up pictures of healthy recipes, suddenly I want to hit the gym.

Here are 60 workout motivation quotes to get inspired and get to the gym!

“What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow.” -Jay Cutler

“When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” -Unknown

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” -Frederick Douglass

“Be stronger than your excuses.” -Unknown

“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett

“You never fail until you stop trying.” -Albert Einstein


“With self-discipline most anything is possible.” -Theodore Roosevelt

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Fall in love with taking care of your body.” -Unknown

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” -Thomas Jefferson

“Junk food you’ve craved for an hour, or the body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision.” -Unknown

“It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everyone would do it.” -Tom Hanks

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Vidal Sassoon

“You don’t have to go fast…you just have to go.” -Unknown

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” -Amelia Earhar

“You don’t get what you want, you get what you work for.” -Unknown

“You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.” -Jennifer Freeman

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” -Michael Jordan

“You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” -Unknown


“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.” -Benjamin Mays

“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential…these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” -Confucius

“We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” -Oprah Winfrey

“Fit is not a destination. It is a way of life.” -Unknown

“There’s only one growth strategy: work hard.” -William Hague

“If you don’t have confidence, you’ll always find a way not to win.” -Carl Lewis

“Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.” -Unknown

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” -Aristotle

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” -Steve Prefontaine

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” -Unknown

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” -Wayne Gretzky

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” -Tommy Lasorda

“Slow progress is better than no progress.” -Unknown

“You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.” -Unknown


“Recognizing that you are not where you want to be is a starting point to begin changing your life.” – Deborah Day

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.” -Carl Bard

“If you kinda sorta try, then you kinda sorta get results.” -Unknown

“At the end of the day, let there be no excuses, no explanations, no regrets.” -Steve Maraboli

“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” -Abraham Maslow

“When you skip an opportunity to work out, you skip an opportunity to improve yourself.” -Unknown

“What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Motivation is what gets you started, but persistence is the only thing that guarantees your success.” -Edmond Mbiaka

“I don’t work out because I hate my body. I work out because I love it.” -Unknown

“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” -Jack Dempsey

“No one ever drowned in sweat.” -Lou Holtz

“Start before you’re ready.” -Steven Pressfield

“You have to be fearless to have success.” -Serena Williams

“You have to set goals that are almost out of reach. If you set a goal that is attainable without much work or thought, you are stuck with something below your true talent and potential.” -Steve Garvey


“Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.” -Unknown

“Run when you can, walk if you have to. Crawl if you must; just never give up.” -Dean Karnazes

“You’ve always been beautiful. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that.” -Unknown

“The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.” -Nido R. Qubien

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for something you ate.” -Unknown

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.” -Chinese Proverb

“The future depends on what you do today.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” -Unknown

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” -Jerry Rice

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

“Watch your habits. Not your weight.” -Unknown

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” -Khloe Kardashian

The Bottom Line

Finding motivation to workout can be tough, especially if you’ve already had a long day or week. Pushing through the exhaustion and the stress of the day can feel daunting, but moving out of your comfort zone is often the best decision you can make. Read a couple of the workout motivation quotes above to tap into your fitness motivation and get back to working toward a healthier you. 

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8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.


Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.


2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.


4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.


6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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