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Fitness is hard. It is hard to while away the time on the treadmill or elliptical, and don’t let me even get started on squats or burpees. But one of the hardest parts of staying in shape is talking yourself into it, or at least talking yourself out of that spoonful of Nutella.
If you’re having trouble motivating yourself to get off your butt and go to the gym or put on your running gear, keep reading for 15 quotes to inspire you.
Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.
You can’t be fit and fast, too, so lift, run, diet, and work.
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
I’ve always believed fitness is an entry point to help you build that happier, healthier life. When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks. You’ll feel more confident to ask for the promotion. You’ll have more energy to be a better mom. You’ll feel more deserving of love.
What’s wrong with extreme dieting and hard-core fitness plans is that they don’t take into account the rest of your life.
You can control what you put in your body, 100%. You really can control your level of fitness and how your body looks.
I believe that fitness needs to come from within you. You need to respect your body. Only then will you have the zeal to maintain it.
I try to come at fitness and nutrition from a perspective of gentleness and what will make me feel good afterwards. I try to stay out of the mindset of needing to fix myself. I do whatever seems fun to me.
It takes about four days of virtuous living to create a little weight loss. That also happens to be the time required to get used to eating less. In other words, if you can get past day three of a fitness regimen, things improve.
Almost 70% of your fitness battle is won the day you realize what your body needs and when. I’ve made my own diets, and I decide for myself what works for me.
Never, ever exercise in front of a TV or while reading. You lose 50% of the benefit of the exercise by not hearing or feeling your heart rate, your sweat, and the pain levels that need to be encountered in fitness training.
-Kevin R Stone
I recommend that people try new stuff or take new fitness classes all the time. It’s important to mix up your routine, not only for your body, but also for your mental state.
Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
If you think of exercise as a 60-minute commitment three times a week at the gym, you’re missing the point completely. If you think that going on a diet has something to do with nutrition, you don’t see the forest through the trees. It is a lifestyle. I know it sounds cliche, but you have to find things you love to do.