Inspirational Quotes — Get Motivated to Workout With These Words of Wisdom


Inspirational quotes are awesome. Whenever I feel unmotivated or not in the mood to get stuff done, I read through a few fitness quotes and I feel ready to go. If you’re looking for some inspiration, a laugh, or you just want to learn a thing or two, then you’ll enjoy the list I put together below.


1. “Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now.” - Unknown
2. “Do you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears?” - Unknown
3. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
4. “It’s not about having time, it’s about making time.” - Unknown
5. “You can cheat on your boyfriend or girlfriend but not on your workout.” - Unknown
6. “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” - Edward Stanley
7. “Pain is weakness leaving the body.” - Unknown
8. “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” - Mark Twain
9. “Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.” - V.L. Allineare
10. “The real risk is doing nothing.” - Denis Whitley
11. “Good things come to those who work their asses off and never give up.” - Unknown
12. “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.” - Oprah Winfrey
13. “Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind.” - Sasha Azevedo
14. “If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying.” - Unknown
15. “The only workout you’ll ever regret is the one you didn’t do.” - Unknown
16. “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unknown
17. “Fitness is not a one-night stand; it’s a long-term, committed marriage. Treat it as such.” – Sohee Lee
18. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
19. “The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race.” - Unknown
20. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Unknown
21. “You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it.” - Maya Angelou
22. “Effort is grossly underrated.” - Gary Vaynerchuk
23. “Motivation will almost always beat mere talent.” - Norman R. Augustine
24. “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” - Plato
25. “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” - John F. Kennedy
26. “Act as though it were impossible to fail.” - Winston Churchill
27. “Sweat is fat crying.” - Unknown
28. “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” - Unknown
29. “There’s a spirit that grabs me, and it’s in every one of you guys, but the questions is, how much time are we wasting?” - Ray Lewis
30. “If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today?” - Ray Lewis
31. “I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.” - George Burns
32. “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan
33. “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” - Paul Dudley White
34. “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.” - Zig Ziglar
35. “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” - Albert Einstein
36. “If the TV set and the refrigerator weren’t so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” - Joey Adams
37. “A lack of exercise robs the body of an essential ingredient.” - Karen Sessions
38. “You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted.” - Ruth E. Renkl
39. “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there.” - Venus Williams
40. “I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.” - Mark Spitz
41. “Success trains. Failure complains.” - Unknown
42. “Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” - Lou Holtz
43. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Ryan
44. “The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline.” - Steve Smith
45. “Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.” - Earl of Derby
46. “Our health always seems much more valuable after we lose it.” - Unknown
47. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” - Mahatma Gandhi
48. “If you can dream it, then you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want.” - Zig Ziglar
49. “The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground.” - Unknown
50. “You’re only a workout away from a good mood.” – Unknown
51. “Energy and persistence conquer all things.” - Benjamin Franklin
52. “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” - Unknown
53. “Be proud, but never satisfied.” - Unknown
54. “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
55. “The first wealth is health.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
56. “Eighty percent of success is showing up.” - Woody Allen
57. “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” - Julius Erving
58. “If you always do what you have always done, then you will always get what you have always got.” - Unknown
59. “How am I to know what I can achieve if I quit?” - Jason Bishop
60. “Quitters never win, and winners never quit.” - Unknown
61. “I learned that the only way you are going to get anywhere in life is to work hard at it. Whether you’re a musician, a writer, an athlete or a businessman, there is no getting around it. If you do, you’ll win – if you don’t, you won’t.” - Bruce Jenner
62. “There are no shortcuts in life — only those we imagine.” - Frank Leahy 
63. “If you are going to be a champion, you must be willing to pay a greater price.” - Bud Wilkinson
64. “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” - Billie Jean King
65. “Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best.” - Tim Duncan
66. “Victory belongs to the most persevering.” - Napoleon
67. “Success isn’t permanent and failure isn’t fatal.” - Mike Ditka
68. “You were made to soar, to crash to earth, then to rise and soar again.” - Alfred Wainwright
69. “If not you, who? If not now, when?” - Garry Herbert
70. “Try and fail, but dont fail to try.” - Unknown
71. “I like thinking big. If you’re going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big.” - Donald Trump
72. “Obsessed is just a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated.” - Unknown
73. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.” - Anais Nin
74. “There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.” - Ralph Marston
75. “The harder you work, the luckier you get.” - Gary Player
76. “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” - Muhammad Ali
77. “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” - Spanish Proverb
78. “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no “I’ll start tomorrow.” Tomorrow is disease.” - Terri Guillemets
79. “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
80. “The first step before anyone else in the world believes it, is you have to believe it. There’s no reason to have a plan B because it distracts from plan A.” - Will Smith
81. “The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
82. “No pain, no gain.” - Unknown
83. “I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.” - Michael Phelps
84. “Sometimes it is not the ability to want to work hard that stops us. It is the ability to stay focus that impairs us to work hard.” - Unknown
85. “The body does not want you to do this. As you run, it tells you to stop but the mind must be strong. You always go too far for your body. You must handle the pain with strategy…It is not age; it is not diet. It is the will to succeed.” - Jacqueline Gareau
86. “Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.” - Marilyn vos Savant
87. “Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.” - Cher
88. “The body is like a piano, and happiness is like music. It is needful to have the instrument in good order.” - Beecher
89. “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy.” - Unknown
90. “I’m not out there sweating for three hours every day just to find out what it feels like to sweat.” - Michael Jordan
91. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” - Lance Armstrong
92. “No matter how good you get you can always get better and that’s the exciting part.” - Tiger Woods
93. “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” - Albert Einstein
94. “A bird can fly as high as it wants but it eventually has to come down to earth and get some water… and when it comes down to get that water that’s when you strike.” – Kimbo Slice
95. “I hated every minute of training, but I said, “Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”” - Muhammad Ali
96. “It is about what you do when nobody is watching. Can you always stay on your grind, or are you only a star when the lights are on you and everybody is watching?” - Ian Warner
97. “Gold medals aren’t really made of gold. They’re made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts.” - Dan Gable
98. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog.” - Magic Johnson
99. “Be patient and tough; some day this pain will be useful to you.” - Ovid
100. “Fear is what stops you… courages is what keeps you going.” - Unknown
101. “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” - Zig Ziglar