“Motivation is what gets you started and habit what gets you going” is a
famous motivational quote (by Jim Ryun) that accurately describes the role of
motivation in fitness. Without motivation you cannot get results even if you
follow the perfect diet or the best fitness program in the World. I have
gathered 10 of what I considered to be the best and most influential quotes.
Read and share them with your friends and add your favorite quotes in the
comments below. Enjoy!
1. You can do it even if it takes some time
Self-confidence and weight loss are two interrelated axes. When you have high
self-confidence you can lose weight easier because you believe in yourself. On
the other hand when you lose weight you gain self-confidence because of your
achievement. While believe is your driving force, patience should be your guide.
Weight loss will not happen overnight; it took some months or years for the
weight to be accumulated and it won’t go overnight.
2. No more excuses
There are 100’s of excuses why you cannot start a diet or why you can’t go to
the gym today. Excuses are for losers and opportunities for winners. Whenever
you think of an excuse try to transform it to an opportunity to do something
that will make your proud tomorrow.
3. What you do is who you want to be
There are two categories of people, those who want more and those who settle
for less. When it comes to fitness if you don’t aim for more you will get less.
The higher your goals the greater will be the benefit.
4. No pain no gain
Muhammad Ali once said: “I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when
it starts hurting because they’re the only ones that count”. Do more and
overcome your strength and abilities; give it all and you will be rewarded.
5. Challenge is a step forward
Whenever you are faced with an unusual situation you are in fact challenging
yourself and abilities. To go from a couch potato to a fitness fanatic is a big
challenge and a huge step towards a healthier lifestyle.
6. Love yourself and respect your body
To change your body you first have to accept it as it is. Start loving your
body and its uniqueness and workout hard to improve and make it better.
7. Make the first step today
Pythagoras said: “The beginning is half the whole”. Once you make the first
step everything else becomes easier; but it is important to make that step
otherwise you cannot expect to finish something you did not start.
8. Work for it
Making the first step is important but to make it happen you’ve got to work
for it and not just wish that it will happen magically. Magic wands do not exist
in fitness and weight loss, you want results you have to work hard otherwise
your wish will always stay a wish.
9. Are you a weight loss winner or weight loss loser?
It’s up to you to decide in which category of people who want to belong; to
weight loss winners or weight loss losers. If you think about it, it’s really
that simple: you make the decision – set the target and work towards your goals
or you just declare defeat and forget about it.
10. Where do you want to go tomorrow?
What you do today will set your feelings for tomorrow. What is your choice?
What feeling do you prefer, the feeling of satisfaction or the feeling of
disappointment? It’s a decision you need to take today and not wait until
Note: Attribution about the quotes (where possible) is given in the