Some days it’s easy to breeze to the gym after work, take the stairs instead of the elevator and make healthy choices at every meal. But other days require a little extra push to keep you motivated to stick to your goals. On those days, look to a few inspirational quotes and catch phrases to inspire you and help you get the most out of every day.
“You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.”
Who said it: Wayne Gretzky
Best for: Anyone thinking about setting a new fitness goal, joining a team or learning something new. Sure, what you’re contemplating might seem impossible, but if you don’t give it a shot you’ll never know how it might benefit your life in the long run.
“Eighty per cent of success is showing up.”
Who said it: Woody Allen
Best for: Those days you just can’t fathom getting to the gym or outside for a run. Once you get to the gym, or outside of the house, you’ll likely find that you can (and actually want to) do your workout. When it comes to committing to fitness goals, starting that run or getting to the gym can actually be more difficult than the workout itself.
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”
Who said it: Theodore Roosevelt
Best for: Anyone who feels like they’re fighting an uphill battle when it comes to weight loss. Whether you want to drop 10 or 25 pounds, believing you can reach your fitness goals is a giant step towards achieving them. The more positive you are, the more likely you are to commit to a lifestyle that will help you get to where you want to be.
“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Who said it: Arthur Ashe
Best for: Any time you get stuck feeling you aren’t strong enough or fast enough. No one is perfect, every person is different in terms how they go about achieving their goals and everyone has a different level of strength, speed and skill. All you can do–whether you’re training for a marathon or trying to lose 10 pounds, is do what you can and keep at it, rather than comparing yourself to others.
“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”
Who said it: Tony Robbins
Best for: Anyone caught in a weight loss or fitness rut. Rather than continue getting bored with (and bailing on) the same fitness routine, or trying to fit six kale salads into every day and then ending the night with an extra-large pizza, look at what you can do differently that will help keep you on track and excited about healthy eating and exercise.
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
Who said it: Henry Ford
Best for: Days you want to give up on your goals. No one can be motivated 100 per cent of the time, but that doesn’t need to stop you. The power to keep going is all in your mind. If you think you can do it, you’re much more likely to stay the course and continue moving forward, whereas giving into negativity will likely wreak havoc on your health and fitness plans.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Who said it: Lao Tzu
Best for: Anyone starting a large goal, like training for a marathon or even taking up running for the first time. While what you want to do might feel like a long, arduous road ahead, know that just by committing to that goal, you’ve already started. No matter what you’re aiming to do, the first step means you’re already well on your way.
“Just do it.”
Who said it: Nike
Best for: Anyone who needs an extra push to get going. Some days you need a little something extra to get you out of bed, to the gym, or to the yoga studio. It’s not complicated–just do it. Those three simple words say all there is to say about getting–and staying–motivated no matter your goal.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
Who said it: George Elliott
Best for: Anyone who wishes they’d done something they haven’t yet tried. Wish you’d competed in a triathlon when you had the chance? Regret never joining a women’s hockey league? There’s no time like the present. Think about anything you had hoped to accomplish and find ways to make it happen now.
“Every moment is a fresh beginning.”
Who said it: T.S. Eliot
Best for: Days you regret not going to the gym or feel bad for falling off the healthy eating wagon. Living a healthy lifestyle takes commitment, but it doesn’t mean being militant. If you skip the gym one day, there’s always tomorrow, or you can always take the dog for an extra-long walk in the evening. One piece of cake isn’t going to ruin your diet. Rather than lament a perceived slip-up, just start fresh (with extra motivation) tomorrow, or later in the day.
Jessica Padykula is a Toronto-based writer and editor who regularly covers style, beauty, health, travel and lifestyle trends. When she’s not writing or researching a story she can be found planning trips to places near and far in a never-ending quest to travel the world. You can follow her on Twitter @JessPadykula.