Top 7 Motivational Exercise Quotes

I’ve been feeling a little blah lately – though not about exercise but life in general –  so I decided to make a list of motivational exercise quotes I really like.

If you feel like you need motivation to start exercising or motivation to stick to exercise, these quotes are for you. I added my own “explications”.

Top 7 Motivational Exercise Quotes

#1: Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.

If getting fit feels overwhelming right now, Arthur Ashe’s quote is meant for you.

Arthur Ashe’s quote helps me when I get discouraged with my own progress. That usually happens when I compare my progress with others’ achievements – or what my mind says I “should” be able to do “already”.

The perfect example was when in June I was frustrated with my lack of upper body and core strength. When I calmed down and started working with where I actually am, using what I actually have and doing what I can, I was able to progress again.

#2: You can have results or excuses, but not both. (found on Pinterest)

#3: The only place where success comes before work is the dictionary. ~Vince Lombardi

Quotes #2 and #3 are for times when you’d rather park your butt on the sofa and munch on chocolate and candy while dreaming of that perfect body that will be yours – probably some time in distant future. 🙂

I’ve used both quotes to lift my butt off sofa more times than I can count.

#4: The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain

What is one small step you could take to get started with exercise? Can’t think of any? If you don’t believe you have a) time to exercise, b) enough to stick to your exercise routine, try the Kaizen technique.

#5 : It’s not the mountain we conquer, it’s ourselves. ~Edmund Hillary.

I believe most of our obstacles are inside us. Usually they can be overcome either with some knowledge or practical thinking. When you acknowledge the fact that your obstacles are mostly mental, Arthur Ashe’s quote is a great way to get ahead.

#6: An imperfect workout done today is better than a perfect workout delayed indefinitely (found on Pinterest)

I’ve been a regular exerciser for quite a while, but I still catch myself thinking that it’s a good idea to postpone my workout because I’m feeling lethargic and can’t imagine doing a proper workout. It happens even though I know that doing something is hundred times better than doing nothing.

If you get started anyway, you usually discover it’s not as bad as you thought.

#7: There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. ~Denis Waitley.

Do you think it takes too much effort to begin exercising or to stick to a healthier lifestyle in general? In that case, you’d better be ready to accept the consequences of your decision: piling pounds, increasing pains and aches and constant lack of energy.

My personal favorites are quotes #1 and #2. I turn to them when I really need to kick my butt about exercise – or anything else.


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  1. I really like #6 and in fact, I was going add something similar: take imperfect action. 🙂

    • Satu says:

      Taking imperfect action is a perfect way to put it, Karen! 🙂

  2. Aimee says:

    #7 struck a chord with me when I read it. For years I gave up on leading a healthy lifestyle because it was difficult. I tried to blame external factors on my weight, anyone or anything but myself. A very good friend said something to me along the lines of this quote about 4 years ago and it was the kick in the behind I needed to realize that I had to make the changes I so desired.

    They are all motivational Satu. I believe I have used Sir Edmund Hilary’s quote on my blog before. There’s a saying I love that basically says “the only workout you’ll regret is the one you haven’t done.” Getting started is always the toughest part. Thanks for the encouragement tonight. I hope your blah feeling goes away soon.

    • Satu says:

      Hi Aimee!

      I like #7 too; I made the decision to get fit a few years ago because I realized I have to. But I sometimes forget about it and need refreshment…

      I think I actually found the Edumnd Hillary quote on your blog. I liked it so much I made a fitspiration graphic out of it.

  3. I can’t choose a favourite Satu as I love them all! So many I can learn from and heed!


  4. Marion says:

    Hi Satu! I like all of them too. It really is a good set! I think the saying an unmotivated person needs depends on the mood or exercise issue. I could see how all of them would help me at various times. I’ll have to reflect on these longer… 😀

    🙂 Marion

  5. These really are fantastic Satu!

  6. Satu says:

    I’m glad you like them, Roz! 🙂

  7. Meena says:

    All d quotes…xceptional! N d Last one….at d best!:)

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