Getting that extra push: Inspirational Workout Quotes
If you’re like me, no matter how much I like working out, no matter how good it makes me look and feel, I often have trouble summoning the energy to get to yoga class, or get ready for a run, or head to the gym. I get creative thinking of all the reasons why I can’t, or shouldn’t, work out that day. I’ve got too much work. My hamstrings are sore. I’m too tired. We’re way overdue for a date night! I have to take the kids to soccer practice. I’ve got company coming and the house is a mess.
What’s interesting is that I don’t automatically go to all the reasons why I should make time for a workout. And there are a lot of really, really good reasons.
For me, there are two major ones: to relieve stress and to keep my weight under control. But a peek at Pinterest boards of motivational workout quotes and inspirational exercise quotes gave me dozens more genius examples. Here are a few:
There also are few workout sayings from professional athletes who, to my surprise, sometimes have trouble motivating themselves too.
But two motivational exercise quotes from an interesting source—Jack La Lanne—are among my favorites. If he isn’t familiar to you, he’s the guy who had a weekday exercise program beginning in the early days of television until 1985, meaning he started decades before fitness videos and Peloton. He led viewers through a series of bootcamp-style exercises for a half-hour, urging attention to the value of good nutrition, strength training and regular exercise, somehow making rep counts charming. La Lanne remained prodigiously strong fit and lean for his entire life, and never let up his cheerleading for the wonders of exercise pretty much until the day he died at 96. He said:
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