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100 Best Motivational Exercise Quotes That Will Keep You Motivated

Motivation is what gets you started; habit is what keeps you going. Here are the 100 best motivational exercise quotes that will keep you motivated to stay active and healthy. Get your sneakers ready!

Exercising is the best thing you can do for your body. It increases blood flow to vital organs, strengthens muscles and bones, helps regulate your weight, reduces stress, elevates moods, and improves coordination of mind and body.

But while some people falsely believe they aren’t fit enough to exercise or don’t have time to exercise, others dread the idea of fitness. So rather than exercising, they look for ways to avoid it. But if you’re among those who enjoy working out at least part of the time, this post is for you:

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Motivational Exercise Quotes To Inspire You Toward Your Fitness Goals

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” — Henry David Thoreau
“The first rule of fitness is to show up! The second rule of fitness is to have a plan for what you’re going to do when you get there.” — Unknown.
“If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.” — Bret Contreras.
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act; the rest is merely tenacity.” — Amelia Earhart.
“It’s not about how hard you can hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward!” — Rocky Balboa (Rocky I)
“Some people want it to happen; some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan.
“If you don’t find the time, if you don’t do the work, you don’t get the results.” — Arnold Schwarzenegger.
“I don’t have an eloquent enough vocabulary to articulate how much I hate exercise, but it’s a lot.” — Rita Rudner.
“You will never “find time,” you must “make time.” — Unknown
“Running is the simplest form of locomotion. You just put one foot in front of the other and keep on going.” — Paul Tergat
“Small habits often lead to big victories. Never underestimate the power of small steps. The seven-minute workout is not about being healthy for seven minutes. It’s about making healthy behaviors part of your lifestyle.” — Hal Elrod
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Positive attitudes bring positive results, while negative attitudes are a recipe for disaster. And the same is true not only for individuals but also for nations, for organizations, and indeed our global community.” — Barbara Annis
“Don’t ever let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” — Les Brown
“A healthy body is vital to a healthy mind. Exercise gives you endorphins, which make you happy. It may sound cheesy, but I do feel better when I’m in good shape.” — Laura Prepon
“I can always tell how productive my day will be by looking at what kind of workout I did that morning. If it was just a routine shakeout run or hike or an uneventful tennis lesson, then the day will likely be low-key and productive. If I do something hard and challenging and blow my heart out, then it’s going to be a great day.” — Dean Karnazes
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” — Jerry Lewis
“To look good in a bathing suit, you don’t have to go to the gym or eat rice cakes. You need self-esteem.” — Marilyn Monroe
“The best way to keep one’s health is not to get sick. The second best way is to live alone and far away from other people.” — Edith Sitwell
“Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can’t–you’re right!” — Henry Ford
“Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.” — Unknown
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” — Chinese Proverb
“I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy; I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.” — Art Williams
“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” — Zig Ziglar
“Commitment is the best protection against fear.” — Jerry Gillies
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen Covey.
“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” — Corrie Ten Boom.
“You only live once. But if you work it right, once is enough.” — Joe E. Lewis.
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” — Friedrich Nietzsche
“If at first, you don’t succeed, keep trying!” ― Jack Palance
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you’re riding a wave of disinterest.” — Unknown
“You must do the things you think you cannot do!” — Eleanor Roosevelt
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” — Alice Walker
“[A] lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” — Plato
“The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking.” — Mia Hamm
“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” — Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.” — Kerri Walsh Jennings
“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” — Jerry Rice
“It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s how you carry it.” — Lou Holtz
“The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.” — Jordan Belfort
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” — Michael Jordan
“The real workout starts when you want to stop.” — Ronnie Coleman
“Losing weight is hard. Keeping it off is harder.” ― David Kirsch
“The strongest muscle in the human body is the heart because it has to work extra hard pumping blood all over the body for our brains and other muscles to function. It would help if you never forgot that strength.” — Firas Zahabi
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, but it is also the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy
“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.” — Zig Ziglar
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” ― Stephen Covey
“Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.” ― Gene Tunney
“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind.” — Thomas Jefferson
“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A moment on the lips, forever on the hips.” — Anthony Robbins
“Aerobic exercise is the single best activity for weight loss and overall health. Combine it with a calorie-controlled diet, and you will maximize fat loss while preserving muscle.” — Brad Schoenfeld
“Abs are made in the kitchen.” — Unknown
“I used to run a mile a day, and now I don’t run at all. But my fitness level is much higher than it was.” — Terri Guillemets
“Your body can be your best friend or your worst enemy; the choice is yours and yours alone.” — Amy Alkon.
“The difference between try and triumph lies in the ear of the beholder.” — Robert G Allen.
“Save a little for tomorrow: you’ll be glad you did.” — Unknown
“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” — Jack Dempsey
“Success begins with getting out of bed in the morning.” — George Allen Sr.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our collection of motivational exercise quotes. It can be hard to stay motivated, but these 100 best motivational exercise quotes will keep you going no matter what!

Whether it was a quote from one of your favorite athletes or just an idea that struck us as being exceptionally motivating, we wanted to share each and everyone with you in the hopes that they help motivate you too.

If any inspirational words not included here have helped get you through tough times in the past, please let us know in the comment so we can add them to this list for everyone else’s benefit. You never know how much something might mean until someone shares it with others – thanks for reading!

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