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50+ Fitness Motivational Quotes For People Who Are Working Hard in The Gym

50+ Fitness Motivational Quotes For People Who Are Working Hard in The Gym

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. It feels so good to be active and get in shape, but sometimes it also feels good to watch Netflix in bed with a pizza. It can be hard to keep the momentum going and hit the gym or your favorite work out class every morning. Sometimes it’s because we are tired. Sometimes it’s because we are broke! But it’s never because you are weak. You have the potential to push yourself, you just have to want to.

We have all been there.

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 found that I love cycling classes, hot yoga (but only early classes), restorative yoga (but only evening classes) and that sometimes I need a dance class to push myself out of a rut. I’ve lost weight and that’s awesome, 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.

Become a visual learner to find your inner athlete.

When it comes to getting motivated, there are things that work and things that don’t. When I look at fitness models on IG, I wind up feeling kind of bad about myself. But when I read motivational quotes or look up pictures of really healthy recipes, suddenly I want to hit the gym! So here are 50 motivational quotes to get inspired and get in the gym!

1. What was your goal ? Remember: you didn’t start working out randomly. You wanted this. Why? Remind yourself! “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started!”

    2. You so got this. When you’re in the gym, sweating out all those excuses, remember how strong you are. Your excuses don’t define you, nor do they help you. Overcome ! “Be stronger than your excuses.”

      3. You are not weak. You have not failed . Just because you aren’t feeling especially motivated doesn’t mean you can’t find inspiration. “You only fail when you stop trying.”

        4. Don’t work out to be “skinny .” Don’t workout to be “hot” for that guy/girl you have your eye on. Work out to be the best you you can be. Don’t you want to live to be 100? “Fall in love with taking care of your body.”

          5. Tough love is sometimes the best way to go. Sure, chips or cookies sound good, but doesn’t a new, smaller pair of jeans sound better? Think about it : “Junk food you’ve craved for an hour, or the body you’ve craved for a lifetime? Your decision.”

            6. Be proud of the work you have done. After all, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” Allow yourself to have a secret competition with those around you. Who’s been to the gym the most this week?

              7. You know what, you’re awesome . Everyone wants to be fit, but “70% of people that start a fitness plan quit. Except you. Not this time.”

                8. Don’t look at the person on the elliptical next to you. Don’t compare yourself to anyone except your past self. Don’t feel bad because you can’t run a mile in five minutes. Yet. “You don’t have to go fast…you just have to go.”

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                  9. It would be so great to just wake up one morning and have the body of your dreams , but you have to work, and work hard, for that body. “You don’t get what you want, you get what you work for.”

                    10. Don’t just let yourself eat. And don’t justify sitting around and eating. If you’re stressed or bored, go sweat. “Let exercise be your stress reliever, not food.”

                      11. So often we are our own worst enemy . Don’t allow yourself to be what hold you back. “You are far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.”

                        12. When we don’t work out, we don’t feel good. We gain weight, we get brain-fog, and we are way more prone to be in a bad mood all the time. “You’re only one workout away from a good mood.”

                          13. Even when you are working out regularly, you can hear that little voice in your head that says to stop. But don’t listen to it!! “Your lungs are burning, your legs are shredded, your heart is pounding. Keep going!”

                             14. One of my favorite excuses is telling myself I deserve some quiet time to just be by myself. Well guess what, when I go to the gym, it is just me, myself and I. “This is my me time!

                              15. Remember that being healthy isn’t just going to the gym 3-5 times a week. It’s about what you eat and how you treat your body. “Fit is not a destination, it is a way of life.”

                                 16. There is no one to blame when it comes to your life. Not genetics, not someone else’s decisions, just you. You decide your health, no one else. “Your life is a result of your choices. If you don’t like your life, it’s time to make some better choices.”

                                  17. Have a healthy addiction. Focus on your goals, focus on your training. Eat, sleep and breathe it all in! “I am proudly addicted to becoming stronger.”

                                    18. Deciding to work out is a choice . If you convince your brain that you want to go to the gym, and you want to be healthy, your body will obey. “Your fitness is 100% mental. Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it.”

                                      19. When you make excuses, what do you have to show for it? Nothing. “Make muscles, not excuses.”

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                                        20. It’s okay if you can only work out for five minutes today. Shoot for seven tomorrow. Aim for twenty by the end of the week. “Slow progress is better than no progress.”

                                          21. Sometimes in workout classes, I get about 45 minutes in and I realize how much I just want to stop and lie down. It’s in those moments that I realize, “You have a choice. You can throw in the towel or you can use it to wipe the sweat off your face.”

                                            22. Don’t convince a friend to hold you accountable and blame them when you fail. “Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”

                                              23. You get out of it what you put in. “If you kinda sorta try , then you kinda sorta get results.”

                                                24. Don’t you want to wake up sore and proud of yourself? “It’s right now or never. Take action now, so you can have memories instead of regrets.”

                                                  25. You have to be patient. You won’t see results over night, but your body will instantly be happier. “Work out. Eat well. Be patient. Your body will reward you.”

                                                    26. It’s your body and yours alone. Don’t worry about how your best friend looks or what she’s eating. “It doesn’t matter what others are doing. It matters what you are doing.”

                                                      27. You aren’t just sculpting your body, you’re sculpting your brain ! When you challenge yourself, you are improving your body, and your attitude. “We don’t grow when things are easy; we grow when we face challenges.”

                                                        28. When you talk yourself out of working out , you’re just talking yourself out of feeling better. “When you skip an opportunity to work out, you skip an opportunity to improve yourself.”

                                                          29. Remember that you could be inspiring those around you. Don’t let people get it twisted: “I don’t work out because I hate my body. I work out because I love it.”

                                                            30. Sometimes you feel like you want to quit . It’s not worth it. You don’t like it. But remember: “no one ever drowned in sweat.”

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                                                              31. If you’ve lost your motivation and you haven’t been in the gym for a while, “today is a good day to start.”

                                                                32. You can’t be afraid to fail. In order to be great you have to push yourself. “You have to be fearless to have success.”

                                                                  33. Remember, you’re doing this for yourself. So do what you have to do to achieve your goals. “Set a goal that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning.”

                                                                    34. In the grand scheme of things, that hour you spend at the gym is a fleeting moment. “A one hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.”

                                                                      35. You aren’t doing this for anyone else. Some people will see the work you’re putting in and, out of jealously, refuse to give you credit. Don’t work hard for other people to tell you they’re proud. “Never stop doing your best just because someone doesn’t give you credit.”

                                                                        36. If you’re doing something, then you’re doing what you need to do. “Run when you can, walk if you have to. Crawl if you must; just never give up.”

                                                                          37. If you just go, you can get done and move on with the rest of your day! “Suck it up now and you wont’ have to suck it in later.”

                                                                            38. You don’t have to lose weight. You do have to be healthy. “You’ve always been beautiful. Now you’re just deciding to be healthier, fitter, faster and stronger. Remember that.”

                                                                              39. Yes, it will be hard . But it will be worth it. “The price of discipline is always less than the pain of regret.”

                                                                                40. It’s not about what society says about your body. It’s about what your doctor says about your health. “Losing weight is hard. Being overweight is hard. Choose your hard.”

                                                                                  41. This may just be my favorite quote on the list. “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for something you ate.”

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                                                                                    42. Working out doesn’t give you the right to put junk in your body. Be good to yourself and nourish your body with healthy foods. “Do not reward yourself with food. You’re not a dog.”

                                                                                      43. Even if you eat well, you have to do the foot work. “You are not going to get the butt you want by sitting on it.”

                                                                                        44. Do not let your body image define you. “You are not fat. You have fat. ‘Fat’ does not define you.”

                                                                                          45. You define your future. You define your health. “The future depends on what you do today.”

                                                                                            46. Let curiosity get the best of you. You already know what happens if you do give up. “I want to see what happens if I don’t give up.”

                                                                                              47. You don’t have to ever start over again. “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”

                                                                                                48. Be patient enough to start seeing results. “Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.

                                                                                                  49. If you eat poorly and stay still habitually, you may have just found out why you aren’t in the shape you wish you were. “Watch your habits. Not your weight.”

                                                                                                    50. And finally, a simple mantra to get you through: “Hustle for that muscle!”

                                                                                                      So what are you waiting for? Get off the couch and go hit the gym! It will feel so good to sweat off that regret!

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                                                                                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                                      How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                                      What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                                                      To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                                                      All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                                                      There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                                                      With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                                                      What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                                                                      1. Think Big

                                                                                                        From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                                                        “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                                                        There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                                                        Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                                                        Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                                                        Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                                                        Instead be ambitious.

                                                                                                        2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                                                          From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                                                          “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                                                          This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                                                          Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                                                          If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                                                          Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                                                          Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                                                          Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                                                          3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                                                            From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                                                            “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                                                            All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                                                            If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                                                            However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                                                            If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                                                            In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                                                            To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                                                            4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                                                              From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                                                              “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                                                              There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                                                              Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                                                              His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                                                              He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                                                              Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                                                              Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                                                              If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                                                              5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                                                                From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                                                                “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                                                                This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                                                                It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                                                                If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                                                                Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                                                                6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                                                                  From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                                                                  “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                                                                  Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                                                                  Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                                                                  When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                                                                  You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                                                                  All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                                                                  Applying this to you?

                                                                                                                  Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                                                                  7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                                                                    From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                                                                    The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                                                                    The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                                                                    People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                                                                    This is key to good leadership.

                                                                                                                    It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                                                                    But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                                                                    What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                                                                    As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                                                                    8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                                                                      From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                                                      “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                                                      It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                                                      Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                                                      If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                                                      9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                                                        From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                                                        “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                                                        Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                                                        It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                                                        Keep dreaming!

                                                                                                                        10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                                                          From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                                                          “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                                                          Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                                                          Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                                                          If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                                                          However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                                                          11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                                                            From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                                                            “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                                                            It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                                                            When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                                                            Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                                                            If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                                                            This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                                                            12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                                                              From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                                                              “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                                                              You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                                                              Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                                                              True success comes from work.

                                                                                                                              You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                                                              Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                                                              13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                                                                From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                                                                “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                                                                In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                                                                If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                                                                It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                                                                Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                                                                Final Thoughts

                                                                                                                                What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                                                                Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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