Photo by Mikechie Esparagoza from Pexels.

When we lose focus, sometimes all we need is a little bit of motivation to get back into the swing of things. So for those times when you might lack confidence or feel overwhelmed and tired, we’ve rounded up 20 inspiring quotes to get you up and running again!


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

“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

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

“Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

 “Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do. Not a punishment for what you ate.”  – Women’s Health UK

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

Mental fortitude

“Whenever I get down and catch myself with negative thoughts, I pretend I’m saying those things aloud to another person. I ask myself, would you ever say, ‘Well, it looks like you’re really blowing up, your day is over,’ to a training partner who is struggling? Of course not! You’d tell him, ‘Keep pushing and just make it through the next five minutes.’ Or maybe you’d say, ‘Eat, drink, and hang in there until the next aid station.’ Going through this exercise helps me replace negative thoughts with positive ones.” – Rebecca Rusch, world-champion adventure racer

“There is such a difference between asking yourself, ‘Oh gosh, can I do it?’ and saying ‘I’m going to do this.’ The former breeds self-doubt and almost always stifles performance. The latter sets you up to go all-in and have no regrets, even if things don’t pan out.” – Sarah Piampiano, triathlete

“If you ever lack the motivation to train, then think what happens to your mind and body when you don’t.” – Shifu Yan Lei, Master from the Shaulin Temple


“Sleep is a part of my job; I take it very seriously.” – Brenda Martinez, Olympic middle-distance runner

“Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.” – Thomas Dekker 

“Sleep is an investment in the energy you need to be effective tomorrow.” Tom Roth

“I drink a ton of water a day and try to get as much sleep as possible. Sleep is the best way to restore your health. Never skip on sleep; it’s crazy important.” – Brittany Howard


“No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everybody on the couch.”   – Elite Daily

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

“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you!” – Fred Devito

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

“The difference between try and triumph is a little umph.” – Marvin Phillips

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

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

More motivation

To keep your levels of motivation as high as they can be, make sure to take a look at these 6 documentaries to inspire a fit and healthy lifestyle.