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280 Best Exercise Quotes to Get Motivated Today

Last Updated: August 27, 2022 by Team

Exercise is defined as physical activity to make your body strong and healthy.

No matter who you are and what fitness goals you dream of reaching, we know the most challenging part of achieving anything is often finding the first burst of strength to get up and get started.

Getting to the gym and prioritizing your fitness isn’t easy—we know! But staying on track and working toward your health goals is essential. So for those days when you need some extra motivation, these motivating fitness and Exercise quotes can help get your exercise game on to become strong and healthy.

100 Inspirational Quotes On Exercise

Top 10 Exercise Quotes

“You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.” – Michael Jordan

“You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky

“You may not be there yet, but you are closer than you were yesterday”

“You just can’t beat the person who never gives up.” – Babe Ruth

“You have to think it before you can do it. The mind is what makes it all possible.” – Kai Greene

“You don’t have to be good at it, you just have to do it.” – Karine Candice Kong

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old- we grow old because we stop exercising” – Dr. Kenneth Cooper

“We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending.” – Zig Ziglar

Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do, not a punishment for something you ate.

Motivational Exercise Quotes

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“When you think about quitting, think about why you started.”

“When you hit failure, your workout has just begun.” – Ronnie Coleman

“When you feel like stopping, think about why you started.”

“When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” – Tich Nhat Hanh

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow’.” – VL Allineare

“When I feel tired, I just think about how great I will feel once I finally reach my goal.” – Michael Phelps

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Success starts with self-discipline.”

“Success isn’t always about ‘greatness’, it’s about consistency. Consistent, hard work gains success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work gains success. Greatness will come.”

“Success is what comes after your stop making excuses.” – Luis Galarza

“Success is usually the culmination of controlling failure.” – Sly Stallone

“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi

“Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.” – Lance Armstrong

“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” – John F. Kennedy

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.” – Confucius

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.” – Tony Robbins

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’” – Michael Jordan

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” – Jim Ryun

“Most people fail, not because of lack of desire, but, because of lack of commitment.” – Vince Lombardi

“May the next few months be a period of magnificent transformation.”

“Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will.” – Venus Williams

“It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings

“If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it.”

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates

“If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.” – Dwayne Johnson

“I love how I look. I am a full woman and I’m strong, and I’m powerful, and I’m beautiful at the same time.” – Serena Williams

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’” – Muhammad Ali

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

“I can’t control everything in my life, but I can control what I put in my body.”

“Confidence comes from discipline and training.” – Robert Kiyosaki

“Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“Blood, sweat and respect. First two you give. Last one you earn.” – The Rock

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” – Roy T. Bennett

“Believe in yourself and you will be unstoppable.”

“Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside of you that is greater than any obstacle.” – Christian D. Larson

“Because the next few months will go by whether you workout or not. Make them count.”

Workout because you LOVE your body, NOT because you hate it!

Inspirational Exercise Quotes

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“You can’t expect to feel like a million bucks if you eat from the dollar menu.”

“You can either suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” – Jim Rohn

“You have to push past your perceived limits, push past that point you thought was as far as you can go.” – Drew Brees

“You have to exercise, or at some point you’ll just break down.” – Barack Obama

“There is a moment when you get older when your metabolism slows down and you don’t feel like working out any more, so you don’t want to keep yourself fit any more, but that’s your decision. Why should you be judged for it?” – Janet Jackson

“There comes a certain point in life when you have to stop blaming other people for how you feel or the misfortunes in your life. You can’t go through life obsessing about what might have been.” – Hugh Jackman

“There are two types of pain in this world: pain that hurts you, and pain that changes you.”

“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – bruce Lee

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” – William Shakespeare

“Of course it’s hard. It’s supposed to be hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. Hard is what makes it great.”

“Obstacles can’t stop you. Problems can’t stop you. People can’t stop you. Only you can stop you.” – Jeffrey Gitomer

“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you’ve got to squeeze your buns. That’s my formula.” – Richard Simmons

“Note to Self: You gotta do this for you. This is for you. This isn’t about anybody. Live for you. Honor you. Never lose sight of that.”

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan

“I’m not a waif-y girl and never will be. I think it’s healthy when fitness experts encourage fitness rather than getting a certain body shape.” – Sophia Bush

“I’m addicted to exercising and I have to do something every day.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“I will beat her. I will train harder. I will eat cleaner. I know her strengths. I’ve lost to her before but not this time. She is going down. I have the advantage because I know her well. She is the old me.”

“I wanted to get really fit. I wanted to lose some weight. So I’ve been doing Pilates and yoga, trying to lean out my body so I won’t be bulky.” – Serena Williams

“I train to be the best in the world on my worst day.” – Ronda Rousey

“I think it’s good to see somebody saying: I have a belly. And I have cellulite. And I still deserve love.” – Amy Schumer

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” – Michal Joan Bobak

“All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

“All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

“Action is the foundational key to all success.” – Pablo Picasso

“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

“Here’s what I tell anybody and this is what I believe. The greatest gift we have is the gift of life. We understand that. That comes from our Creator. We’re given a body. Now you may not like it, but you can maximize that body the best it can be maximized.” – Mike Ditka

“Health is not about the weight you lose, but about the life you gain.” – Dr. Josh Axe

“Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.” – Samuel Johnson

“Don’t give up because you had a bad day. Forgive yourself and do better tomorrow.”

“Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.” – Oprah Winfrey

“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” – Sean Patrick Flanery

I like to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.

Funny Exercise Quotes

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“You’re far too smart to be the only thing standing in your way.”

“Your success is found in your daily routine.”

“Your mind will quit 100 times before your body ever does. Feel the pain and do it anyway.”

“Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out.” – Jack LaLanne

“Your current body is the only body that can take you to your new body — so be kind to it.” – Elaine Moran

“Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced.” – Marquis de Sade

“Your body can stand almost anything. It’s your mind that you have to convince.” – Andrew Murphy

“Your body can do it. It’s time to convince your mind.”

“You’re going to have to let it hurt. Let it suck. The harder you work, the better you will look. Your appearance isn’t parallel to how heavy you lift, it’s parallel to how hard you work.” – Joe Mangianello

“You shall gain, but you shall pay with sweat, blood, and vomit.” – Pavel Tsatsouline

“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” – Gene Tunney

“Three months from now, you will thank yourself.”

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but squats will make me badass.”

“Sore. The most satisfying pain.”

“Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness.” – Susan Gale

“Someone busier than you is working out right now.”

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” – Michael Jordan

“Slow progress is better than no progress.”

“Setting goals is the first step into turning the invisible into the visible.” – Tony Robbins

“Self-confidence is a superpower. Once you start to believe in yourself, the magic starts happening.”

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.” – Swati Sharma

“The best investment you make is your own health.” – Food Matters

“Take care of your body. It’s the one place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

“Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home.” – Michael Phelps

“A good workout is when you make your dry fit shirt look like false advertising.”

“A feeble body weakens the mind.” – Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“A champion is someone who gets up when they can’t.” – Jack Dempsey

“A 30-minute workout is just two percent of your day. No excuses.”

“70% of people that start a fitness plan quit. Except you. Not this time.”

Some of my friends exercise every day, meanwhile I am watching a show I don't like because the remote fell on the floor.

Short Exercise Quotes

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“You gotta nourish in order to flourish.”

“You get what you work for.”

“Wake up. Work out. Look hot. Kick ass.”

“Turn the pain into power.”

“Train insane or remain the same.”

“Tough times don’t last. Tough people do.” – Robert H. Schuller

“Today, I get to work out.”

“Today I will love myself enough to exercise.”

“You don’t have to be extreme, just consistent.”

“You did not wake up today to be mediocre.”

“The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.”

“You are stronger than you think.”

“You are one workout away from a better mood.”

“Work out. Eat well. Be patient. Your body will reward you.”

“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.”

“Wishing won’t change anything. Go make it happen.”

“Wish less. Work more.”

“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

“Sweat is magic. Cover yourself in it daily to grant your wishes.”

“Sweat is just fat crying.”

“Suck it up. And one day you won’t have to suck it in.”

“Running is not just exercise; it is a lifestyle.” – John Bingham

“Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they worked on it every single day.”

“Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day. Work hard, good results will come.”

“Remember that any exercise is better than no exercise.”

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

“Put all excuses aside and remember this: You are capable.” – Zig Ziglar

“Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.”

“Push harder than yesterday if you want a different tomorrow.”

“Once you see results, it becomes an addiction.”

“Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.” – Vince Lombardi Jr

“Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.”

“Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it” – George Halas

“No pain. No gain. Shut up and train.”

“No matter how slow you go you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.”

“Making excuses burns zero calories per hour.”

“Make every workout count.”

“Look in the mirror. That’s your competition.” – John Assaraf

“It hurts now, but one day it will be your warm-up.”

“It comes down to one simple thing: How bad do you want it?”

“It always seems impossible until it is done.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”

“It’s normal to not eat perfectly.”

“It’s actually pretty simple. Either you do it, or you don’t.”

“It never gets easier, you just get better.” – Unknown

“Keep going, you are getting there.”

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

“I never regret it when I do it, but I always regret it when I don’t.”

“I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.”

“First they will laugh. Then they will copy. Don’t give up.”

“Fall in love with the process and the results will come.”

“Fall in love with taking care of your body.”

“Exercise, my natural high.”

“Exercise to have fun and be healthy, not just to lose weight.”

“Exercise more. Soon, it’s going to feel amazing.”

“Exercise is therapy.”

“Eating well is a form of self respect.” – Food Matters

“Eat like you love your body.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

“Eat good. Feel good.”

“Each day you must choose the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.”

“Don’t wish for a good body, work for it.”

“Don’t train to be skinny. Train to be a bad ass.” – Demi Lovato

“Don’t say ‘I can’t.’ Say, ‘I presently struggle with’.” – Tony Horton

“Don’t limit your challenges. Challenge your limits.” – Jerry Dunn

“Create healthy habits, not restrictions.”

“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali

“Don’t be afraid of being a beginner.”

“A one-hour workout is 4% of your day. No excuses.”

“A little progress each day adds up to big results.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou

“Nothing truly great ever came from a comfort zone.”

“My summer body is in progress.”

“Hustle for that muscle.”

“Good things come to those who sweat.”

“Be stronger than your strongest excuse.”


Morning Exercise Quotes

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

“The reason I exercise is for the quality of life I enjoy.” – Kenneth H. Cooper

“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.” – Morihei Ueshiba

“The pain you feel today, will be the strength you feel tomorrow.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor.” – William Temple

“The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” – Vidal Sassoon

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle

“Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.” – Jerry Rice

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” – Abraham Lincoln

“There’s no secret formula. I lift heavy, work hard, and aim to be the best.” – Ronnie Coleman

“There’s a lot of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.” – Josh Billings

“There is always going to be a reason why you can’t do something; your job is to constantly look for the reasons why you can achieve your dreams.” – Shannon Miller

“The muscle and the mind must become one. One without the other is zero.” – Lee Haney

“The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in combat.” – Richard Marcinko

“The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.” – Matt McGorry

“The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides a champion from someone who is not a champion.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” – Erin Gray

“The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.”

“The hard part isn’t getting your body in shape. The hard part is getting your mind in shape.”

“The gym is not the social club for the fit. It’s a training ground for everyone.”

“Exercise is like telling your body “you’re gonna hate me for this, but you’ll thank me later.”

“Exercise is labor without weariness.” – Samuel Johnson

“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you ‘ve got a kingdom.” – Jack LaLanne

“Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.”

“Exercise equals endorphins. Endorphins make you happy.”

“Exercise as soon as you get up, you will see what a difference it makes to your life.” – ATGW

“Every workout counts even if it’s only for 15 minutes. Just do it.”

“Every champion was once a contender that refused to give up.” – Sylvester Stallone

“Even when all is known, the care of a man is not yet complete, because eating alone will not keep a man well; he must also take exercise. For food and exercise, while possessing opposite qualities, yet work together to produce health.” – Hippocrates


Walking Exercise Quotes

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“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir

“Less sugar, more fruit. Less soda, more water. Less driving, more walking. Less worry, more sleep. Less words, more action.”

“When a girl is working out and tightens her ponytail, you know it’s about to go down.”

“What’s important is to get into shape and then not to have to worry about it. I don’t want to get on stage and not being able to do something. Not being physically fit doesn’t work for me.” – Chris Cornell

“What seems impossible today will one day become your warm-up.”

“What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there—as long as you’re willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There’s just you, this moment, and a choice.” – Oprah

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” – Edward Stanley

“Progress: you might not be where you want to be, but you’re not where you used to be.”

“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy

“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.” – Newt Gingrich

“The groundwork for all happiness is good health.” – Leigh Hunt

“The first time I see a jogger smiling, I’ll consider it.” – Joan Rivers

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will involve the patient in the proper use of food, fresh air, and exercise.” – Thomas Edison

“The difference between wanting and achieving is discipline.”

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda

“The deadlift also serves as a way to train the mind to do things that are hard.” – Mark Rippetoe

“The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be?” – Greg Plitt

“One workout at a time. One day at a time. One meal at a time.” – Chalene Johnson

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.” – Maya Angelou

“Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.” – Erin Gray

“Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat.” – Jill Johnson

“Know that you can start late, look different, be uncertain, and still succeed.” – Misty Copeland

“It’s not so much that I began to run, but that I continued.” – Hal Higdon

“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wears you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammed Ali

“In training, you listen to your body. In competition, you tell your body to shut up.” – Rich Froning Jr.

“I’m not trying to look perfect. I just want to feel better, look great, know I’m healthy, and rock any outfit I choose.”

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson

“If you think lifting is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.” – Bret Contreras

“If you still look good at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.”

“If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for 20 years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run.” – John Bingham

“If you don’t make time for exercise, you’ll probably have to make time for illness.” – Robin Sharma

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”

“Going to the gym is great for your body, but it’s also great for your mind.” – Rory McIlroy

“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.” – Wayne Dyer

“Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don’t mind, so it doesn’t matter.” – Adam Hargreaves

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!” – Jillian Michaels

“For me, exercise is more than just physical – it’s therapeutic.”

“Fitness starts in your head. You must choose to eat clean, exercise regularly, and treat your body with respect.”

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.” – Khloe Kardashian

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” – Jim Rohn

“Definition of a really good workout: when you hate doing it, but you love finishing it.”

“Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start.”

“Daily exercise is one of the keys to excellent health.” – ATGW

Your workout is only as good as the quality of your reps.

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