Challenge Accepted: 200+ Fitness Motivational Quotes and Pictures to Inspire You

Written by Angela Atkinson

Need a little boost to stay on track with your fitness or weight loss program? Here are 200+ fitness motivational quotes and pictures to help you stay motivated and inspired on your fitness journey. workout

Fitness Motivational Quotes and Pictures to Keep You On-Track

  • “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.” –Joan Welsh
  • “Breathing correctly is the key to better fitness, muscle strength, stamina and athletic endurance.” –Dr. Michael Yessis
  • “Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.” –Cher
  • “Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it.” -Alan Thicke
  • “Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” —George William Curtis
  • “He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything.” –Unknown
  • “Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.” –Franklin P. Adams
  • “Health is the vital principle of bliss, and exercise of health.” -James Thomson
  • “I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.” –Ernest Hemingway
  • “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” –Eubie Blake
  • “If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” –Joey Adams
  • “If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” -Julius Erving
  • “In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.” -Grete Waitz
  • “Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” -Plato
  • “Life is not living, but living in health.” –Martial
  • “Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God and value it next to conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of, a blessing money can’t buy.” -Izaak Walton
  • “Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most enjoyed, but the least envied.” —Charles Caleb Colton
  • “Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”  -Carol Welch
  • “Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.” –John F. Kennedy
  • “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 Fitzgerald Kennedy
  • “Running has never failed to give me great end results, and that’s why I keep coming back for more!”  -Sasha Azevedo
  • “Running is one the best solutions to a clear mind.” –Sasha Azevedo
  • “Sometimes the most urgent and vital thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.” –Ashleigh Brilliant
  • “Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning.” –Fred Perry
  • “Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.” –Goethe
  • “The body of man is a machine which winds its own springs.” –J. O. De La Mettrie
  • “The first wealth is health.” –Emerson
  • “The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.” –Ken Doherty
  • “The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.” –Andre Maurois
  • “There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted.” –Thomas de Quincey
  • “Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” –Edward Stanley
  • “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” –La Rochefoucauld
  • “True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.” –Alexander von Humboldt
  • “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” —Thomas Jefferson
  • “When the body is strong and the mind is weak, the result is insubordination. Train your mind as well as your body”  -Unknown
  • ~John F. Kennedy
  • ~Napoleon Hill
  • A goal without a plan is just a wish. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~George Bernard Shaw
  • A man’s doubts and fears are his worst enemies. ~William Wrigley Jr.
  • A timid person is frightened before a danger, a coward during the time, and a courageous person afterward. ~Jean Paul Richter
  • Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
  • Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else. ~Les Brown
  • All you need in this life is ignorance and confidance; then success is sure. ~Mark Twain
  • Always bear in mind that you own resolution to succeed is more important than any one thing. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest. ~Mark Twain
  • Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much. ~Oscar Wilde
  • Be miserable. Or Motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice. ~Wayne Dyer
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • By perseverance the snail reached the ark. ~Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson
  • Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear—not absence of fear. ~Mark Twain
  • Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you are ready or not, to pt this plan into action.
  • Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything. ~Napoleon Hill
  • Determine never to be idle…It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict. ~William E. Channing
  • Difficulties should act as a tonic. They should spur us to greater exertion. ~B. C. Forbes
  • Do a little more each day than you think you possibly can. ~Lowell Thomas
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~John Wooden
  • Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first. ~Mark Twain
  • Don’t mistake activity for achievement.
  • Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.~ Jack Canfield
  • Eighty percent of success is showing up. ~Woody Allen
  • Energy and persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin Franklin
  • Even the fear of death is nothing compared to the fear of not having lived authentically and fully. ~Frances Moore Lappe
  • Excellence is to do a common thing in an uncommon way. ~Booker T. Washington
  • Fear is the little darkroom where negatives are developed. ~Michael Pritchard
  • Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell
  • Fear is what stops you… courage is what keeps you going. -Unknown
  • For myself I am an optimist—it does not seem to be much use being anything else. ~Sir Winston Churchill
  • Genius is born—not paid. ~Oscar Wilde
  • Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~Thomas A. Edison
  • Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace & gratitude.~Denis Waitley
  • Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true. ~Leon J. Suenes
  • He is foolish to blame the sea who is shipwrecked twice. ~Publilus Syrus
  • I am thankful for all of those who said NO to me. Its because of them I’m doing it myself.~ Albert Einstein
  • I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody. ~Bill Cosby
  • I learned that if you want to make it bad enough, no matter how bad it is, you can make it. ~Gale Sayers
  • I owe my success to having listened respectfully to the very best advice, and then going away and doing the exact opposite. ~G.K. Chesterton
  • I will prepare and someday my chance will come. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate. -George Burns
  • If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown
  • In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it. ~Jane Smiley
  • In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable. ~Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself. -Anonymous
  • In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. ~Albert Einstein
  • Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein
  • It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way. ~Aristotle
  • It’s never too late to become what you might have been. -George Eliot
  • It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not. -Anonymous
  • I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 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
  • Just do it.™ -Nike
  • Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills that you should avoid. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. -Oprah Winfrey
  • Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. ~Thomas Edison
  • Men are born to succeed, not fail. ~Henry David Thoreau
  • Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
  • Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun
  • Motivation will almost always beat mere talent. -Norman R. Augustine
  • Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. ~Charles Simmons
  • No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop
  • No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. ~Edmund Burke
  • Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances. ~Thomas Jefferson
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so. ~Charles De Gaulle
  • Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs. ~Henry Ford
  • One’s greatest success comes after his greatest disappointments. ~Henry Ward Beecher
  • Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.
  • People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved. ~Anne Sullivan
  • People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents. ~Andrew Carnegie
  • Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work. ~Peter Drucker
  • Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love. ~David McCullough
  • Seize opportunity by the beard, for it is bald behind. ~Bulgarian Proverb
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. -Mahatma Gandhi
  • Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from indomitable will. ~Mahatma Gandhi
  • Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown
  • Success is never wondering what if. ~Karrie Huffman
  • Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. ~Reggie Leach
  • Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Sir Winston Churchill
  • Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out. ~Robert Collier
  • Success isn’t permanent, and failure isn’t fatal. ~Mike Ditka
  • The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. ~John F. Kennedy
  • The best revenge is massive success.~Frank Sinatra
  • The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. ~Sir Winston Churchill
  • The dictionary is the only place where success comes before work. ~Mark Twain
  • The difference between a goal and a dream is a deadline. -Steve Smith
  • The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination. ~Tommy Lasorda
  • The finish line is just the beginning of a whole new race. -Unknown
  • The gent who wakes up and finds himself a success hasn’t been asleep. ~Wilson Mizner
  • The greatest difficulties lie where we are not looking for them. ~Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
  • The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. ~Steve Jobs
  • The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Mark Twain
  • The time is always right to do what is right. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The true measure of a man is not how he behaves in moments of comfort and convenience but how he stands at times of controversy and challenges. ~Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them. ~Robert Frost
  • There is no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul. ~Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  • There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity. ~General Douglas MacArthur
  • To freely bloom—that is my definition of success. ~Gerry Spence
  • Trouble is only opportunity in work clothes. ~Henry J. Kaiser
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking. ~Marcus Aurelius
  • We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. ~Sir Winston Churchill
  • We shall show mercy, but we shall not ask for it. ~Sir Winston Churchill
  • We will either find a way, or make one! ~Hannibal
  • Whatever you are, be a good one. ~Abraham Lincoln
  • When I hear somebody sigh that Life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, Compared to what? ~Sydney J. Harris
  • You always pass failure on the way to success. ~Mickey Rooney
  • You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack London
  • You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. -Ruth E. Renkl
  • You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky
  • You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it. -Maya Angelou
  • Your own mind is a sacred enclosure into which nothing harmful can enter except by your promotion. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Angela Atkinson

    Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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