The 40 Best Motivational Fitness Quotes to Help You Reach Your Goals

By Krista


Last Updated: January 15, 2022

Some gym quotes, such as “Never miss a Monday,” can be seriously harmful for some individuals' mental health (and physical health).

But the right kind of motivational quotes can push you toward developing a healthy exercise habit, ensuring you're investing in your physical health for many years to come. 

So, we’ve taken some time to compile the best motivation fitness quotes below to help you push through your own barriers and obtain improved physical health and wellness. Keep reading to get inspired!


10 Gym Motivation Quotes

Struggling to just get to the gym? These gym quotes will help you muster up that motivation you need to, at the very least, just get there and get your blood flowing!

  • “Never say never because limits, like fears, are often just illusions.” - Michael Jordan
  • “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. “ - Michael Jordan
  • “There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter
  • “If you don't like something, change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it.” - Mary Engelbreit
  • “Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.” - Nido Qubein
  • “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” - Michael Jordan
  • “You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” - unknown
  • “Put all excuses aside and remember this: You are capable.” - Zig Ziglar
  • “The only bad workout is the one that didn't happen.” - unknown
  • “When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is a disease.” - V.L. Allineare


10 Workout Motivation Quotes

Do you struggle with a continual internal battle when working out? If yes, these workout quotes are for you. Cling to them when you need them the most, such as when you’re five minutes in but want to give up.

  • “I hate every minute of training. But I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” - Muhammad Ali
  • “Just keep going. Everybody gets better if they keep at it.” - Ted Williams
  • “The sky has no limits. Neither should you.” - Usain Bolt
  • “The principle is competing against yourself. It’s about self-improvement, about being better than you were the day before.” - Steve Young
  • “I always felt my greatest asset wasn’t my physical ability, it was my mental ability.” - Bruce Jenner
  • “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.” - Marv Levy
  • “Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I'm possible.’” - Audrey Hepburn
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” - Aristotle
  • “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” - Unknown
  • “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” - Tommy Lasorda

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10 General Fitness Quotes

If you just need a little boost, refer to these quotes:

  • “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky
  • “Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.” - Gene Tunney
  • “Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” - Jim Rohn
  • “Healthy is an outfit that looks different on everybody.” - unknown
  • “Your body will be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag. Invest in yourself.” - unknown
  • “A healthy outside starts from the inside.” - Robert Urich
  • “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • “You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.” - unknown
  • “Those who think they have no time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” - Edward Stanely
  • “To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” - Buddha


10 Habit Forming Quotes

If you have a hard time forming those exercise habits, these quotes are for you. They can help you put everything into perspective, allowing you to shed your limiting beliefs and guiding you toward optimal health.

  • “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” - Jim Ryun
  • “A habit cannot be tossed out the window; it must be coaxed down the stairs a step at a time.” - Mark Twain
  • “First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not.” - Octavia Butler
  • “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” - John C. Maxwell
  • “Goals are good for setting a direction, but systems are best for making progress.” - James Clear
  • “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.” - James Clear
  • “Success is the product of daily habits—not once-in-a-lifetime transformations.” - James Clear
  • Establish a routine, and habit will carry you on days you just don’t feel like going.” - Christie Nix
  • “Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” - Malcolm Gladwell
  • “All progress takes place outside of your comfort zone.” - unknown

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The Goal is Simple: Move Your Body!

Take these quotes and allow them to propel you forward. Begin creating a healthier and happier you! It’s all in your habits. And remember, motivation won’t always be there. Yet, self-discipline will be. 

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3 comments on “The 40 Best Motivational Fitness Quotes to Help You Reach Your Goals”

  1. The inspirational quotes inspired and motivated me to take prompt actions towards success. Sure, there are times you feel down yet quickly pick yourself up and move on.

    1. That's awesome Yusri! It's important to face your down feelings too, but like you said, you can then pick yourself up and keep going.

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