I'm a sucker for a good quote, especially when they're motivational and fitness related. And I'm not talking about the cheeky (and quite UNmotivational) quotes like, "Fitness is not about being better than someone else, it's about being better than you used to be." The quotes below are less common, but motivational just the same. I have many I'd like to share, but here are 3 that I find particularly motivating about fitness and working out. I hope they help inspire you to get to that fitness class or do that next workout you have planned!
I love this one, and not because it's from Jillian Michaels. She's so right that to really transform your body, you have to be present. You have to be conscious of the choices you make, and know that you always have the option to choose better and healthier. I've experienced this myself back when I first got into working out. I started with exercise and really made an effort to get to a fitness class multiple times a week, but my diet needed some cleaning up, too. I started choosing healthier meals and cooking at home more often, and after a few years of gradually eating healthier, it's now become a habit that I don't intend to quit any time soon.
That's the idea behind this blog, too - hence "one healthy choice at a time." Those healthy choices will add up over time, and become habits to help you live a longer, better life.
First off, I love Jonathan Goodman. (And no, not the John Goodman from Roseanne days.) This Jonathan Goodman is a personal trainer extraordinaire, the author behind numerous fitness books, and the mastermind behind the Personal Trainer Development Center. All that is to say he knows his stuff, and this quote is one of my all-time favorites. If you don't get your mind right and drop the mental road blocks, your success in a new (or existing) exercise regimen will be challenging. Stop saying tomorrow will be the day. Stop giving yourself excuses. Make it happen. You can do this! Watch the transformation that happens to lifestyle habits, and subsequently, physical and emotional wellness, when the mind is trained for positivity.
Pat Sherwood is a pretty well known Crossfit athlete, and while he said this with Crossfit in mind, it holds true for just about every fitness class, small-group training session, and even one-on-one training. Fitness should be enjoyable, at least in my opinion. The goal is to have fun, meet some new people, and know you're building a better you. I really do think that a fitness class/workout can be (one of) the best time(s) in someone's day.
So regardless of whether you're new or seasoned, can do 1 or 100 reps, or lift 5 or 50 pounds, fitness is about you and your ability. Not anyone else's. Relax and have some fun with it. I highly encourage you to try different classes, instructors, styles of workouts, or other types of fitness activities to find one (or two, or three) that you genuinely enjoy... then stick with it.
Readers: chat with me! Are you a fan of motivational quotes? If so, what are some of your favorites? Do any of these resonate with you? If not, where do you pull your motivation from?