Motivational exercise quotes

Let’s face it, the most enthusiastic of us will occasionally have days when our planned jog, workout or aerobics class just doesn’t appeal. Sometimes, we need a bit of a motivation boost – and one of my favourite ways to get that is to turn to some of these great exercise quotes. If your fitness routine is flagging, try setting one of these as your screensaver or writing it on a post-it stuck to your monitor…

Running is a big question mark that’s there each and every day. It asks you, “Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?”

– Peter Maher, Canadian marathon runner

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.

– Paul Dudley White

Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.

– Thomas Jefferson

You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.

– Charles Buxton

Act as though and it shall be.
The seed you sow today will not produce crop till tomorrow. For this reason, your identity does not lie in your current results. This is not who you are. Your current results are who you were.

– James A. Ray

True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

– Leo Tolstoy

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.

– Joseph Pilates

Note: Since writing this post (which has become quite popular – thank you!) I’ve launched the site Diet Quotes, with a page full of motivational exercise quotes. So if you enjoyed the ones above, check that out too!

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