Best Fitness Quotes

These fitness quotes speak to the importance of movement, physical activity, and exercise.

Get inspired to be the very best version of yourself with the advice and words of fitness experts, trainers, authors, and celebrities.

As the Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “Movement is life.” So let’s get started. Today is the day to begin your fitness journey.


    Best fitness quotes for good health

    Use these fitness quotes as motivation before going to the gym, yoga class, for a run, or for making resolutions for the new year.

    1. Inspirational fitness quotes

    The human body is the best work of art.
    Jess C. Scott

    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
    Albert Einstein

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

    Want to learn to eat a lot? Here it is: Eat a little. That way, you will be around long enough to eat a lot.
    Tony Robbins

    A fit, healthy body — that is the best fashion statement.
    Jess C. Scott

    Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.
    Jim Rohn

    Motivational sayings

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

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

    Getting started

    The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.
    John Bingham

    The best day to start exercising is today. Tomorrow can turn into weeks, months or years.
    Mark Dilworth

    When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.
    V. L. Allinear

    It’s never too late to get fit

    It’s never too late to become what you might have been.
    George Eliot

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

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    2. Positive mindset fitness quotes

    The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.
    Ken Doherty

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

    A healthy body is a platform for flourishing a healthy mind.
    Pawan Mishra

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

    Clear your mind of can’t.
    Samuel Johnson

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    Uplifting quotes

    Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.
    Carol Welch

    The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.
    Tony Robbins

    Never give up, keep going

    Run when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must; just never give up.
    Dean Karnazes

    Your journey to a healthier weight is not a journey that you start and then give up. It is a journey that you are living every day for the rest of your life.
    Thich Nhat Han

    Most people give up right before the big break comes — don’t let that person be you.
    Michael Boyle

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

    3. Hard work and achievement fitness quotes

    Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!
    Jillian Michaels

    Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

    When working out, length is not a substitute for intensity.
    Bill Loguidice

    You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.
    Michael Phelps

    If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.
    Bret Contreras

    Discipline and dedication sayings

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

    You would be surprised what two hours of daily exercise and five hundred stomach crunches can do for you.
    Justina Chen

    Only the disciplined are truly free. The undisciplined are slaves to moods, appetites and passions.
    Stephen Covey

    Fitness is attained one exercise session at a time.
    Tom Miles

    Good habits

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

    Not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise, and the weather should be little regarded.
    Thomas Jefferson

    It’s easier to stay in shape if you never let yourself get out of shape in the first place.
    Bill Loguidice

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

    We do not stop exercising because we grow old — we grow old because we stop exercising.
    Dr. Kenneth Cooper

    Jess C. Scott fitness quote

    Getting stronger

    When you get stronger everything in the world gets easier. Change yourself and you’ve changed everything.
    Hunter Post

    Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.
    Arnold Schwarzenegger

    When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.

    What hurts today makes you stronger tomorrow.
    Jay Cutler

    It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.

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


    Some things you have to do every day. Eating seven apples on Saturday night instead of one a day just isn’t going to get the job done.
    Jim Rohn

    The internal processes of muscle growth are seriously complicated, people devote their lives to it, but the external processes that kick it off, the things in your control can be distilled down to a few principles: Get stronger in the right rep ranges, eat appropriately, commit to the program and consistently work hard at it.
    Daniel Roberts

    4. Fitness quotes about goals

    Don’t wait until you’ve reached your goal to be proud of yourself. Be proud of every step you take toward reaching that goal.

    Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
    Thomas Jefferson


    I don’t count my sit-ups; I only start counting when it starts hurting because they are the only ones that count.
    Muhammed Ali

    I already know what giving up feels like. I want to see what happens if I don’t.
    Neila Ray

    The difference between someone who is in shape, and someone who is not in shape, is the individual who is in shape works out even when they do not want to.

    Pushing yourself

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

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

    Your love for what you do and willingness to push yourself where others aren’t prepared to go is what will make you great.
    Laurence Shahlaei

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

    The only way you can hurt your body is if you don’t use it.
    Jack Lalanne

    If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.
    Fred DeVito

    If you aren’t hurting after a good workout then obviously you haven’t done something right.
    Mark W. Boyer

    Making progress

    All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.
    Michael John Bobak

    There’s more to life than training, but training is what puts more in your life.
    Brooks Kubik

    Stop making excuses and start giving yourself enough reasons why you must eat healthier and exercise regularly. Excuses are your enemies of progress.
    Edmond Mbiaka

    Once you are exercising regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it.
    Erin Gray


    The road to nowhere is paved with excuses.
    Mark Bell

    5. Short fitness quotes

    Will is a skill.
    Jillian Michaels

    Walking is man’s best medicine.

    Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever.
    Lance Armstrong

    Progress not perfection.
    Kimberly Snyder

    Action is the foundational key to all success.
    Pablo Picasso

    There are no shortcuts.
    Mark Rippetoe

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

    Energy and persistence conquer all things.
    Benjamin Franklin

    The greatest wealth is health.

    Pain is weakness leaving the body.
    Tera Lynn Childs

    Run hard, be strong, think big!
    Percy Cerutty

    The first wealth is health.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    6. Funny fitness quotes

    I’m so unfamiliar with the gym, I call it James!
    Ellen DeGeneres

    My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit.
    Phyllis Diller

    Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.
    Charles Schulz

    The reason fat men are good natured is they can neither fight nor run.
    Theodore Roosevelt

    I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.
    Ellen DeGeneres

    The best abs exercise is five sets of stop eating so much.
    Lazar Angelov

    Quirky fitness sayings

    A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
    A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

    Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.
    Stephen R. Covey

    Let’s have a moment of silence for all those Americans who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride the stationary bicycle.
    Earl Blumenauer

    I’ve been fit and I’ve been fat, and fit is better.
    Susan Powter

    A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs.
    Joan Welsh

    If you want to know the correct way to perform an exercise, the answer is: Whatever hurts most.
    Jason Love

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

    Trust me, if you do an honest 20 rep program, at some point Jesus will talk to you. On the last day of the program, he asked if he could work in.
    Mark Rippetoe

    Jim Rohn fitness quote

    7. Importance of fitness quotes

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

    Improving and maintaining health

    With healthy lifestyle, we can avoid 60-70% of known illnesses.
    Samir Becic

    Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen. Together you have a kingdom.
    Jack LaLanne

    At the end of the day, your health is your responsibility.
    Jillian Michaels

    To be precise, there are three gems for healthy life: sufficient workouts, healthy food, and enough sleep.
    Girdhar Joshi

    A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.

    Always take the stairs. There’ll be plenty of days where you can’t, so accept the opportunity to take the stairs as a gift and make a deposit into your Future Health account.
    Nick Crocker

    Diet and nutrition

    To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.
    François de La Rochefoucauld

    The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.
    Thomas Edison

    Every living cell in your body is made from the food you eat. If you consistently eat junk food then you’ll have a junk body.
    Jeanette Jenkins

    When you start eating food without labels, you no longer need to count the calories.
    Amanda Kraft

    Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food.

    I believe that the best buy in public health today must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet.
    Julie Bishop

    Losing weight

    Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumbbell; it starts in your head with a decision.
    Toni Sorenson

    Staying active

    You can reach maximum performance by engaging in physical activities.
    Lailah Gifty Akita

    Mental health: Your happiness and well-being

    Getting more exercise isn’t only good for your waistline. It’s a natural anti-depressant, that leaves you in a great mood.
    Oscar Auliq-Ice

    The groundwork of all happiness is health.
    Leigh Hunt

    Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.
    Joseph Pilates

    I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.

    8. Running and walking fitness quotes

    I have two doctors, my left leg and my right.
    G.M. Trevelyan

    I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by — you can’t run and stay mad!
    Kathrine Switzer

    Walking: the most ancient exercise and still the best modern exercise.
    Carrie Latet

    Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.
    Oprah Winfrey

    Above all, do not lose your desire to walk: Every day I walk myself into a state of wellbeing and walk away from every illness; I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.
    Søren Kierkegaard

    Run often. Run long. But never outrun your joy of running.
    Julie Isphording

    9. Famous fitness quotes

    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.

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

    Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.

    It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.
    Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

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

    Brute animals are the most healthy, and they are exposed to all weather, and of men, those are healthiest who are the most exposed.
    Thomas Jefferson

    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

    Fitness quotes from famous athletes and coaches

    Great things come from hard work and perseverance. No excuses.
    Kobe Bryant

    A muscle is like a car. If you want it to run well early in the morning, you have to warm it up.
    Florence Griffith Joyner

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

    Good things come to those who hustle.
    Chuck Noll

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

    The vision of a champion is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when nobody else is looking.
    Mia Hamm

    Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
    George Halas

    Albert Einstein fitness quote

    From celebrities

    Eat clean, stay fit, and have a burger to stay sane.
    Gigi Hadid

    Fitness – If it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.

    If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.
    Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

    Fitness proverbs

    A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.

    It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.

    The secret to living well and longer is this: eat half, walk double, laugh triple, and love without measure.
    Tibetan Proverb

    10. Fitness captions for Instagram, whatsapp status

    Add a fun caption to your social media posts!

    • I don’t work out to add days to my life, I work out to add life to my days.
    • Exercise, my natural high.
    • Fitness: A lifestyle with no finish line.
    • Even a bad run is better than no run.
    • When in doubt, just keep running.
    • Train like an athlete, Eat like a nutritionist, sleep like a baby, and win like a champion.
    • When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
    • Exercise: The more serious you are, the more fun it becomes.
    • Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most underutilized antidepressant.
    • I don’t always love the workout but I always love the result.
    • When I lost all of my excuses, I found all of my results.
    • Stop competing with others and start competing with yourself.

    Funny fitness captions

    • I like big weights and I cannot lie.
    • Sweat is your fat crying.
    • I don’t sweat, I sparkle.
    • It’s my workout and I’ll cry if I want to.
    • The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’.
    • Keep your squats low and your standards high.
    • Life has its ups and downs, we call them squats.
    • When life knocks you down, do a burpee.
    • I only work out because I really, really like doughnuts.
    • You don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it.

    Inspirational fitness captions

    • Every day is a fresh start.
    • When my body shouts stop, my mind screams never.
    • Sore? Tired? Out of breath? Good… it’s working.
    • No one ever drowned in the sweat.
    • The task ahead of you is never greater than the strength within you.
    • Strive for progress, not perfection.
    • Fit is not a destination. It’s a way of life.
    • What seems impossible today will one day become your warm up.
    • Three little words: You’ve Got This.
    • Fitness is not about being better than someone else…it’s about being better than you used to be.
    • The body achieves what the mind believes.
    • Winners train. Losers complain.
    • Good things come to those who sweat.

    Motivational fitness captions

    • Our bodies are capable of anything… It’s our minds we have to convince.
    • Weights before dates.
    • The only bad workout is the one you didn’t do.
    • Motivation gets you started. Habit keeps you going.
    • Don’t stop when you’re tired. Stop when you’re done.
    • Sore today. Strong tomorrow.
    • Life is short. Lift heavy things.
    • No goal was ever met without a little sweat.
    • A healthy outside starts from the inside.
    • The stronger you are the better you feel.

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    By Greg Johnson | Published 1/12/2022

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