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140 Workout Quotes To Help You Stay Motivated For The Gym

140 Workout Quotes To Help You Stay Motivated For The Gym

When getting ready for the gym, sometimes, you just won’t have motivation to do a workout. You will think of quitting. You will say to yourself that it is okay to skip the gym today.

Maybe you are just not in the mood to workout today. Maybe you feel sad. Maybe you have eaten too much for dinner or lunch, and you feel too heavy to do a workout.

These are all some kinds of challenging emotions that we need to overcome in order to become a person better than we were yesterday. 

So, buckle up, and get ready to feel motivated to hit the gym with these workout quotes that I collected from various sources online!

10 Best Workout Quotes

1. “When working out, length is not a substitute for intensity.” ― Bill Loguidice

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2. “Painful workouts yield gainful results. This is true of every gain. No pain, no gain.” ― Haresh Sippy

3. “The only bad exercise is the one you skipped.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

4. “You’ll never feel like exercising less than now when you need it most – but do it anyway.” ― Barbara Sher, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was: How to Discover What You Really Want and How to Get It

5. “Anyone can go hard on the last sprint of a workout, if you’re tough, you’ll go hard on each and every one” ― Travis Macy, The Ultra Mindset

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6. “Your body is your biggest asset it’s your responsibility to take care of it” ― Odeta Stuikys Rose

7. “Waking up early maintains your self-discipline. Get up and read, workout, journal, meditate or grind. How you start the day sets the tone.” ― Genereux Philip

8. “Fitness has nothing to do with thinness. A chubby person who works out daily is fitter than a skinny person who has a sedentary lifestyle.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Gente Mente Adelante: Prejudice Conquered is World Conquered

9. “A well-built physique is a status symbol. It reflects you worked hard for it, no money can buy it. You cannot inherit it. You cannot steal it. You cannot borrow it. You cannot hold on to it without constant work. It shows dedication. It shows discipline. It shows self-respect. It shows dignity. It shows patience, work ethic, and passion. ― Pauline Nordin

10. “Life is one big gym where we need to constantly workout to stay fit for this world. And indeed love here is the treadmill.” ― Munia Khan

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20 Motivational Workout Quotes

1. “…never settle for trying to be less than the best.” ― Ken Sayles, Coach, Run, Win

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2. “It doesn’t have to be black and white. You have a structured workout and sure that makes your life easier. You have a template to follow. But if you don’t have 45 minutes to do that workout, you can do 10 minutes of it. If you don’t have time to train, you can take your dog for a walk. There’s so many ways you can make these incremental changes that will lead to overall better habits.” ― Kellie Davis, Strong Curves: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Better Butt and Body

3. “I returned my attention to my own workout, beginning with military presses, then moving on to shoulder shrugs and lateral raises. I concentrated on steady breathing and careful form, trying to make each repetition identical to the last in motion and power, like cylinders working in an engine. Sweat beaded on my forehead, and the muscles began to ache. It wasn’t a bad pain, though, but one that promised better things ahead.” ― Michael Koryta.

4. “Former Olympian distance runner Lynn Jennings shared that her best races were ones in which she wanted to quit halfway through.

Why? Because she was out on the edge, pushing herself… The result was championship level performances.” ― Ken Sayles, Coach, Run, Win

5. “Society is better off with me in a gym.” ― K.A. Tucker, Ten Tiny Breaths

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6. “When people tell me they can’t afford to join a gym, I tell them to go outside; planet Earth is a gym and we’re already members. Run, climb, sweat, and enjoy all of the natural wonder that is available to you.” ― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

7. “Problems in your life are like the weights in the gym. You can either get weighed down by them or turn them to your advantage and become stronger.” ― Toffee, Finding Juliet

8. “More often than not, expecting to lose weight without first losing the diet that made the weight loss necessary is like expecting a pig to be spotless after hosing it down while it was still rolling in mud.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

9. “Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumb bell; it starts in your head with a decision.” ― Toni Sorenson, The Great Brain Cleanse

10. “Before you worry about the beauty of your body, worry about the health of your body.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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11. “Until you believe you can do it, it’s going to be difficult to convince anyone else you can do it.” ― Toni Sorenson, The Great Brain Cleanse

12. “When working out, length is not a substitute for intensity.” ― Bill Loguidice

13. “Be the architect of your own design.” ― Tomislav Brkić

14. “The gym is my level playing field, as in, it keeps me level so I can play the game of life without destroying myself and everyone around me. It’s my place to wage war and I am at war- both with myself and with humanity. It’s my place to make things right, to remain a hero, to fight my inner villain. I was a villain as I climbed up the stair mill to begin my workout. I tore Mr. Hyde’s throat out with my teeth to remain Dr. Jekyll. Good would only come by killing evil. Killing evil is what I do while I am at the gym.” ― Amber Garibay

15. “There are no shortcuts because there is no end” ― Kyuzo Mifune

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16. “Embrace the importance of curiosity. Certainty is the opposite of growth. Don’t live life as if you have everything figured out. Read, be curious, and always be open to change — because after all, where has your current thought process gotten you?” ― Kathleen Trotter, Your Fittest Future Self: Making Choices Today for a Happier, Healthier, Fitter Future You

17. “If you see an obese man in the gym struggling on a treadmill or with a weight, do not mock him. Encourage him. At some moment, we all have been the new gym attendee. We all have been the out-of-shape man. We have all been the man placing light weights on bars to lift. We all have been the tired, weak man struggling not to look horrible at the new gym. Help your fellow brother return in February and feel that he is a member of the club.” ― Ryan Landry, Masculinity Amidst Madness

18. “Let’s not wait for perfect conditions to begin. Let’s begin to make perfect conditions for a healthy physical condition.” ― Joerg Teichmann

19. “If you think you don’t have enough time to work out remind yourself that there is no better way to make more time than increasing your chances of living longer.” ― Mohamadi Tapsoba

20. “Your body is a representation of your mindset.” ― Ariana Rodriguez

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See also: Top 90 Positive Vibes Quotes To Empower You Every Day

20 Fitness Quotes And Fitness Motivation

1. “Gym doesn’t make you healthy, any more than the church makes you holy.” ― Abhijit Naskar, The Centurion Sermon: Mental Por El Mundo

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2. “Everything will not workout for you, everyone will not work out for you, every time things may not work out, every where things may not work out but somethings workout, someone works out, sometime works out and some places it works out so let’s be grateful where where it does work out and stop wasting time where it doesn’t !” ― Jaya Bhateja

3. “…the gym is a kind of wildlife preserve for bodily exertion. A preserve protects species whose habitat is vanishing elsewhere, and the gym (and home gym) accommodates the survival of bodies after the abandonment of the original sites of bodily exertion.” ― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking

4. “I wish when I went to the gym, I could harness the collective energy of everyone working out in the space, and channel it into my body. Then, with the extra leftover power, I’d take it home in Tupperware containers to reheat later. ― Jarod Kintz, Ducks are the stars of the karaoke bird world

5. “It feels good pulling on these muscles, it feels better than worrying about who is watching.” ― Alain Bremond-Torrent, “Darling, it’s not only about sex”

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6. “Without the momentum of a stern discipline, motivation is mostly a momentary, flighty emotion. For it works best under the supervision of discipline, but can serve as not only an ally but also an enemy: because in anything that requires your self-discipline – whether going to church, going to classes, going to workouts, going through trainings, completing jobs, reading books, living well, eating healthily, studying, practicing something – the more times you skip, the more relaxed and motivated you’ll become about skipping; and the next thing you know you’ve quit your fight altogether (or, put in short, the more you skip, the more you’ll skip until you’ve quit). Maybe then you’ll see that motivation bears its fruits when watered by discipline, but it spoils when not.” ― Criss Jami

7. “Fitness should be the passion, fitness should be the fashion.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

8. “Follow an exercise routine in which there is no routine. Whenever something becomes routine, you don’t pay attention to it anymore. I rarely do the same routine twice which keeps me interested and focused.” ― Martina Navratilova, Shape Your Self: My 6-Step Diet and Fitness Plan to Achieve the Best Shape of Your Life

9. “Eat right and your body will tell you what it’s supposed to look like.” ― Ariana Rodriguez

10. “Either you get to convince your mind that being fit is overrated, or you’ve to hit the gym. Anyone in between suffers.” ― Sarvesh Jain

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11. “Somehow I find the energy to continue the run. Part of the high that comes after finishing a long run is overcoming the wall, that point when your body crashes but your mind keeps moving you forward.” ― Shannon M Mullen, See What Flowers

12. “Always warm up to exercising. You can’t suddenly jolt a stiff body into a rigorous workout. My doctor has told me that the best time to exercise is at the end of the day, before dinner, when the body is limber and a little fatigued. Begin slowly by swinging arms around in a circle. Do a little jogging in place. Get your circulation going to fuel your muscles. Do your exercises to music. […] As your body gets used to all this unexpected activity you can do each exercise just about as often and as long as you like. But start gently.” ― Joan Crawford, My Way of Life

13. “I did not love running. Here’s a pointer for you: no one does. They pretend to, but they are lying. The only good part is having run. In the moment, it’s dull and hard as in effortful but not as in difficult to master. It’s repetitive. It does not open the floodgates of revelation, as I am you’ve been led to expect.” ― Lionel Shriver, The Motion of the Body Through Space

14. “Running is exercise for the body and the brain.” ― Toni Sorenson

15. “There is an athletic body in all of us.” ― Tobe Hanson, Athlete’s Way of Excellence: Ancient Chinese Wisdom Revealing the Secrets to Modern Day Athletic Peak Performance and How to Be in The Zone

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16. “It’s commonplace to find people who look old at forty, or young at sixty. The reason isn’t the number of little wrinkles that may be sprouting, but in the way they use their bodies. ‘Old’ people have lost their flexibility. Their joints stiffen up from lack of use. Their capillaries constrict and less blood comes through to the tissues. That means the complexion is undernourished, too. And everything starts to taper off. When they stop moving vigorously they slow down mentally. They’re old in their minds even when they’re still on the happy side of middle age. And it shows!” ― Joan Crawford, My Way of Life

17. “When I can’t get to the sea water or to a tennis court, or out for a long, brisk walk, I work on stretch exercises at home. One that I do many times a day as I move around my apartment involves standing for a moment with my back again a wall. I dig my heels into the floor, stand straight, and place the palm of my hand between the small of my back and the wall. Keeping my chin level, I pull the crown of my head toward the ceiling. At the same time I push the small of my back toward the wall until there’s no longer room for my hand.” ― Joan Crawford, My Way of Life

18. “I love walking and working – it’s my favorite thing to do. I have meetings while walking or work on projects, come up with ideas, respond to messages etc [all while walking around the city]. My least favorite thing to do is sit and work in front of a computer, so I limit that to the minimum.” ― Mimi Ikonn

19. “Create a routine. If you take these two steps –setting aside the time and making your body move–three or four days per week, hen you have in effect established a routine. It is this routine, this plan, this expectation of yourself that is going to give you the power to change the nature of your relationship with exercise.” ― Bob Harper, Are You Ready!: To Take Charge, Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Change Your Life Forever

20. “You never hear someone called beautiful who neglects themselves.” ― Toni Sorenson

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See also: 50 Life-Changing Consistency Quotes On The Key To Success

20 Inspirational Workout Quotes

1. “Sweating during a workout is not your body losing the water, it’s your body losing the weight.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

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2. “When you first start doing core workouts, it’s rough. It’s hard. And it hurts. But if you’re consistent, it gets easier. The exercises become less painful, and you start to feel and see the results. And one of the sneaky things about a strong core is that it shows up in places you might not expect. Perhaps you thank your core for the fact that your back doesn’t hurt anymore. Or perhaps it’s easier to shove your suitcase in the overhead bin on the airplane. A strong core provides a physical support system and helps you function better—whether you’re carrying the groceries into your house or competing in an Ironman. If you’re reading this book, you’re already putting in the work! You see that things could be better, and you’re ready to do something to make that happen. So, let’s engage your core. As with your physical core, your Thoughtfully Fit core can provide you with a support system that makes it easier to be thoughtful with yourself and others. You’re then less likely to have conflict and regrets. However, this also takes consistent practice. Just like ten sit-ups won’t give you much core strength, pausing once a month won’t have much impact on your life or relationships. But if you practice, engaging your Thoughtfully Fit core will get easier, and the effect will sneak up (in a good way, I promise). As your core confidence builds, your day-to-day decisions will be more thoughtful, better informed, and made with more empathy.” ― Darcy Luoma, Thoughtfully Fit: Your Training Plan for Life and Business Success

3. “Somewhere along the way,

I forgot why I’m doing this.

I want to be bigger.

I want to be better.

I want to need no one” ― Gian Andrea , Ripped

4. “It wasn’t hard going to the gym, as long as he went as soon as he woke up, before he had time to think about not going. Those morning workouts made him feel like he was starting his day like a pinball, with a giant shot of momentum. The feeling sometimes didn’t wear off until six or seven at night (when it was usually overtaken by the feeling that he was just bouncing haplessly from one situation to the next without any real purpose or direction).” ― Rainbow Rowell, Attachments

5. “Exercise daily to keep an active life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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6. “You will work long days, early mornings & late nights .

you will have many associates, but few or no friends.

You will experience doubt, pain, confusion & failure.

You will be single unless he or she understands your passion.

You will be given props for your hard work.

people will want you to do good, but never better than them.

For that you will do many things alone.” ― Marie Blanchard

7. “The seeds you planted last year will grow in this year. Think hard on that when you plant again.” ― Toni Sorenson

8. “Making fitness a Spirit-led lifestyle instead of a flesh-driven frustration project is the turning point of greatness, and as you make this pivotal change, you discover a new hope because God can do a ‘new thing’ in your fitness.” ― Kim Dolan Leto, Fit God’s Way: Your Bible-Based Guide to Food, Fitness, and Wholeness

9. “Take care of your mind and your body. Even if you do not care about yourself, do it at least for the ones whom you care: If it is indeed true that in a marital union you become as one flesh, then disrespecting yourself is disrespecting your spouse.” ― Criss Jami

10. “A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement” ― Jess C Scott

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11. “Your strengths are skills that come naturally. They smooth out your life from the center like a pat of melted butter.” ― Sarah Hays Coomer, The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the-Blank Journey to a Life on Purpose

12. “You would be surprised what two hours of daily exercise and five hundred stomach crunches can do for you.” ― Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful

13. “If I liked food and disliked exercise as much as a 400 pound guy, I’d be a 400 pound guy.” ― Scott Adams

14. “You only get one body; it is the temple of your soul. Even God is willing to dwell there. If you truly treat your body like a temple, it will serve you well for decades. If you abuse it you must be prepared for poor health and a lack of energy.” ― Oli Hille, Creating the Perfect Lifestyle

15. “The success zone and the comfort zone are not in the same place.” ― Nate Hamon

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16. “If you had weak eyes, they needed exercise to get strong. Glasses were like crutches. They prevented people with feeble eyes from seeing the world on their own.” ― Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

17. “At present, in this vicinity, the best part of the land is not private property; the landscape is not owned, and the walker enjoys comparative freedom. But possibly the day will come when it will be partitioned off into so-called pleasure-grounds, in which a few will take a narrow and exclusive pleasure only,—when fences shall be multiplied, and man-traps and other engines invented to confine men to the public road, and walking over the surface of God’s earth shall be construed to mean trespassing on some gentleman’s grounds. To enjoy a thing exclusively is commonly to exclude yourself from the true enjoyment of it. Let us improve our opportunities, then, before the evil days come.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walking

18. “The celebration of a new year has little to do with a new calendar and everything to do with a new start.” ― Toni Sorenson

19. “Take a discovery walk today to find what’s missing in your life. There’s peace in the whisper of the wind, hope in the sun smiling from behind clouds, strength in every step forward. You can do it!” ― Toni Sorenson, The Great Brain Cleanse

20. “Being healthy is not only about the foods and drinks you put in your body. It’s also about the people you place and keep around your body.” ― Sabrina Newby

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20 Short Workout Quotes

1. “You only regret the workouts you didn’t do.” ― Joe Rogan

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2. “If you are good at your game. You would not cheat.” ― De philosopher DJ Kyos

3. “We become fat by overeating, not by not exercising.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

4. “We sometimes have to exercise to want to exercise.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

5. “The best working method of losing weight before any product or anything is discipline.” ― De philosopher DJ Kyos

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6. “Excuses don’t kill the fat, exercises do.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

7. “Take the admission to the gym to avoid the admission to the hospital.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

8. “Life is healthy, but lifestyle makes it unhealthy.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

9. “Stay healthy so that you can use your wealth to buy pleasures and not painkillers.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

10. “Your body is the most complete and miraculous piece of gym equipment you’ll ever need.” ― Toni Sorenson

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11. “A healthy body owns a healthy mind.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

12. “Not making fun of fat people is good for their self-esteem but bad for their health.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

13. “Don’t train to get a better body – train to be a better body.” ― Nate Hamon

14. “Eat less and eat healthy so that you can eat forever.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words

15. “We pay our gym membership for the permission to exercise in the gym, not for the owner(s) of the gym to exercise for us.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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16. “Most of the men and women at the gym are working towards the same goal.

“The perfect female body.” ― Nitya Prakash

17. “You know it’s time to start a fitness regimen when you have nothing too loose.” ― Nitya Prakash

18.  “You want to lose weight and weight doesn’t want to lose you… Relationships are so complicated.” ― Nitya Prakash

19. “Going to gym for 5 minutes might not transform your body, but it does reaffirm your identity.” ― James Clear

20. “Join the most expensive gym. You won’t have money for food, and will lose weight.” ― Nitya Prakash

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See also: 130 Powerful Health Affirmations For A Healthy Lifestyle

30 Famous Workout Quotes

1. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” ― Maya Angelou

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2. “Train Like an Athlete, Eat Like a Bodybuilder.” ― Elliott Hulse

3. “~Have NO fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with YOU, therefore NO harm can befall YOU; all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence~” ― Pope John Paul II

4. “The human body is the best work of art.” ― Jess C. Scott

5. “A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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6. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” ― Jillian Michaels

7. “The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

8. “Regarding the fitness craze: America has lost its soul; now it’s trying to save its body.” ― George Carlin, Brain Droppings

9. “Sometimes people will hear you and be able to change their behavior, but often their behavior has more to do with their own need for approval than with your need for support. No matter what their response, you need to be firm and hold your ground. At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.” ― Jillian Michaels, Winning by Losing: Drop the Weight, Change Your Life

10. “The individual who says it is not possible should move out of the way of those doing it.” ― Tricia Cunningham

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11. “I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by–you can’t run and stay mad!” ― Kathrine Switzer, Marathon Woman: Running the Race to Revolutionize Women’s Sports

12. “It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.” ― Socrates

13. “The difference between those who adapted and those who didn’t, Gorton said, was a willingness to totally commit.” ― Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story

14. “The deadlift also serves as a way to train the mind to do things that are hard.” ― Mark Rippetoe, Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training

15. “Will is a skill.” ― Jillian Michaels, Unlimited: A Three-Step Plan for Achieving Your Dreams

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16. “‎As I get older I see that running has changed for me. What used to be about burning calories is now more about burning up what is false. Lies I used to tell myself about who I was and what I could do, friendships that cannot withstand hills or miles, the approval I no longer need to seek, and solidarity that cannot bear silence. I run to burn up what I don’t need and ignite what I do.” ― Kristin Armstrong, Mile Markers: The 26.2 Most Important Reasons Why Women Run

17. “When you get stronger everything in the world gets easier. Change yourself and you’ve changed everything.” ― Hunter Post

18. “Brute animals are the most healthy, and they are exposed to all weather, and of men, those are healthiest who are the most exposed.” ― Thomas Jefferson

19. “When you fall don’t get up until you figure out what tripped you.” ― Toni Sorenson

20. “I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count.” ― Muhammed Ali

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21. “If you keep on eating unhealthy food than no matter how many weight loss tips you follow, you are likely to retain weight and become obese. If only you start eating healthy food, you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to lose weight.” ― Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman

22. “Eating healthy nutritious food is the simple and right solution to get rid of excess body weight effortlessly and become slim and healthy forever.” ― Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman

23. “It’s easier to stay in shape if you never let yourself get out of shape in the first place.” ― Bill Loguidice

24. “Managing perfect body weight is not a complicated rocket science. Our body is made up of food which we eat during our day to day life. If we are overweight or obese at the moment then one thing is certain that the food which we eat is unhealthy.” ― Subodh Gupta, 7 habits of skinny woman

25. “Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather should be little regarded.” ― Thomas Jefferson

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26. “My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.” ― Ellen DeGeneres

27. “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” ― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

28. “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

29. “Pain is weakness leaving the body” ― Tera Lynn Childs, Oh. My. Gods.

30. “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” ― Henry David Thoreau

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20 Workout Quotes To Think About

1. “Smartwatches don’t make you productive, they only make you a lifeless humanoid. Fitness trackers don’t make you fit, they only make you paranoid.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Handcrafted Humanity: 100 Sonnets For A Blunderful World

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2. “Some people who have been working out regularly for months or even years are still out of shape because the number of cheat days they have in a week exceeds six.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

3. “Some people go to the gym to get more attractive physically, i’ve chosen to study the past and patterns i was trapped into. It is more about dropping than lifting weight.” ― Alain Bremond-Torrent, “Darling, it’s not only about sex”

4. “Prayer is an exercise taken to enable you to remain spiritually fit. It is like a gym for your spirit, where a person goes to keep fit to handle life’s issues. Even though you may be physically fit, you keep going to the gym, because you want to be fit, the same applies to your spirit, when you stay on your knees.” ― Gift Gugu Mona, Prayer: An Antidote for the Inner Man

5. “He who makes fun of a short and fat man’s weight is much less cruel than he who makes fun of his height.” ― Mokokoma Mokhonoana

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6. “Connected devices and the internet of things will monitor our activities and upload that data. This will be factored into an algorithm to generate an overall score, which can increase or decrease in real-time. People will be able to see their overall fitness going up and down as they’re working out at the gym or eating takeaway pizza and watching Netflix.” ― Emmanuel Fombu, The Future of Healthcare: Humans and Machines Partnering for Better Outcomes

7. “We are still evolving. Right now, however, the most potent form of evolution is not biological evolution of the sort described by Darwin, but cultural evolution, in which we develop and pass new ideas and behaviors to our children, friends and others. Some of these novel behaviors, especially the foods we eat and the activities we do (or don’t do), make us sick.” ― Daniel E. Lieberman, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease

8. “Recovery” is everything you do outside the gym to take care of yourself: eating, sleeping, stretching, managing stress. Another oversight of the “workout”-based type of exercise is that it does not teach us to care at all about this stuff. If you’re like me, you might have even been conditioned to believe, for instance, that eating a nice big meal after a workout would be “wasting the workout.” In reality, the *opposite* is true: if you don’t eat enough, you are only setting yourself up for an unfair and unnecessary amount of soreness. And this is true of all recovery dimensions: if you don’t sleep, or if you don’t manage your stress, you will be miserable trying to build muscle.” ― Casey Johnston, Liftoff: Couch to Barbell

9. “Exercising mental fitness was a daily battle for him, but a battle he chose.” ― Matt Fitzgerald, How Bad Do You Want It?: Mastering the Psychology of Mind over Muscle

10. “Eat for your body; exercise for your mind.” ― Sarah Hays Coomer, The Habit Trip: A Fill-in-the-Blank Journey to a Life on Purpose

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11. “Fitness has nothing to do with thinness. A chubby person who works out daily is fitter than a skinny person who has a sedentary lifestyle.” ― Abhijit Naskar, Gente Mente Adelante: Prejudice Conquered is World Conquered

12. “Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.” ― Charles Duhigg, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

13. “If you are in a bad mood go for a walk.If you are still in a bad mood go for another walk.” ― Hippocrates

14. “Listening to the music while stretching her body close to its limit, she was able to attain a mysterious calm. She was simultaneously the torturer and the tortured, the forcer and the forced. This sense of inner-directed self-sufficiency was what she wanted most of all. It gave her deep solace.” ― Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

15. “Being disciplined is a form of self care” ― Janna Cachola

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16. “Thinking is like exercise, it requires consistency and rigor. Like barbells in a weightlifting room, the classics force us to either put them down or exert our minds. They require us to think.” ― Oliver Van DeMille, A Thomas Jefferson Education: Teaching a Generation of Leaders for the Twenty-first Century

17. “I know a man who drives 600 yards to work. I know a woman who gets in her car to go a quarter of a mile to a college gymnasium to walk on a treadmill, then complains passionately about the difficulty of finding a parking space. When I asked her once why she didn’t walk to the gym and do five minutes less on the treadmill, she looked at me as if I were being willfully provocative. ‘Because I have a program for the treadmill,’ she explained. ‘It records my distance and speed, and I can adjust it for degree of difficulty.’ It hadn’t occurred to me how thoughtlessly deficient nature is in this regard.” ― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

18. “So your desire is to do nothing? Well, you shall not have a week, a day, an hour, free from oppression. You shall not be able to lift anything without agony. Every passing minute will make your muscles crack. What is feather to others will be a rock to you. The simplest things will become difficult. Life will become monstrous about you. To come, to go, to breathe, will be so many terrible tasks for you. Your lungs will feel like a hundred-pound weight.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

19. “Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural antidepressant, that leaves you in a great mood.” ― Auliq Ice

20. “Happiness is a state of mental,physical and spiritual well-being. Think pleasantly, engage in sport and read daily to enhance your well-being.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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Final Word

I hope that you have found your inner strength with these amazing workout quotes, so that you can continue your workout journey, or even start a new one!

Keep your head high, tie your sneakers, and off you go into a new victory!

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