15 Motivational Fitness Goals Quotes To Get You Off The Couch & Get Fit

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Fitness Goals Quotes

Feeling less than motivated to achieve your fitness goals? These 15 motivational fitness quotes are sure to inspire you to get moving and get fit. 

It’s so much easier said than done, isn’t it?

Phrases like Don’t quit, never give up are so inspiring when you are trying to lose weight and get in shape but then you see the couch and it looks so inviting.

And then you have a choice to make…

Couch or cardio?

Sitting or lifting?

Many times I have made the choice to sit instead of lift weights or to stretch on the couch instead of doing cardio.

Definitely no judgment from me.

That’s why it’s helpful to have fitness goals and to read motivational fitness goals quotes from time to time.

Lest you forget why you have fitness goals, these quotes will be here to remind you.

Need Something to help motivate you with your fitness goals?

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Then you can download your trackers. Sweet right?


 And now without further adieu, here are some of the most bombest motivational fitness goals quotes you will ever read… I’ll explain why.

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Fitness Goals Quotes That Get You Up Off The Couch


This is a plate of brownies with a fitness goals quote on it.



1) “Fitness is like a relationship. You can’t cheat and expect it to work.”


Why this quote motivates you: Because it makes you look at fitness from a different perspective.

Looking at fitness like a relationship you would have with another person makes you more likely to be faithful to your work out…unless you cheat on your SO, too, which is a different post altogether.


This is a picture of blueberries with a fitness goals quote on it.

2) “Dead last finish is greater than did not finish, which trumps did not start.”


Why this works: This quote is motivational because it stops the deadly comparison trap that so many of us have (especially women).

“Look how far ahead of me she is,” we say when we look at a woman is already in shape and healthy.”

Don’t worry about the person who is ahead of you with their fitness goals. You have started and if you keep going, you will get there. Those who never start will not.

Plus, you never know who might be looking at you thinking “Wow, she’s so much further in her journey than I am,”.


This is a picture of a woman's arm holding a yellow dumbbell with a fitness goals quote on top.


3) “Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t.”

—Jerry Rice

Why this works: This one is probably my favorite. Why?

Because I love the idea of being willing to sacrifice what others won’t in order to reach my goals. I don’t like it when people complain or make excuses.

If we want to accomplish our goals, we have to be willing to give something up. But if you keep your eyes on the prize, in the end, it will be worth it!

4) “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.”

Why it motivates: This quote is similar to quote #2 in its approach.

We so often look at the accomplishment of being first in a race and look down on being last.

But even the one who comes in dead last is light years ahead of the ones who never started.

So don’t beat yourself up because you haven’t lost all the weight yet or because you’re not as far along in your fitness journey yet.

Your fitness goals are just that. They are your own and you need to reach your own personal best not necessarily someone else’s.

Unless you’re in a race or competition. Then you should be concerned 😉


5) “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”

—Thomas Jefferson

Why this works: This is all about the wonderful blessed comfort zone. I be loving my comfort zone.

It’s so nice and…comfy. And if I’m cool with staying where I am in life (and I’m not) then I have to be willing to do things that make me uncomfortable.

Comfort rarely accomplishes anything. There's not a lot of movement or progress in comfort. Just saying. Click To Tweet


6) “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.”


Why this works: Where my dabblers at? I don’t know who said this (hence the “unknown” being there where a name should be) but if I did, I’d give them a piece of my mind! Who do they think they are calling me out like that lol.

I’ve stopped and started my weight loss journey so many times. I’ve made progress and lots of it. But then the progress will stall. Now luckily, the weight that I lose, I tend to keep it off.

But if I had kept going, I would have been on my goal weight by now.

Sigh. Thanks, unknown for the reminder. 


7)  “Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.”

—Oprah Winfrey

Why this works: Boom Oprah! I mean do I need to elaborate? Yes…okay then.

Yes, the workouts are painful. Yes, you’re sore the next day. Yes, it takes time. But can you physically do everything that you want to do?

I can’t run a marathon. I can’t do an a la second (look it up, if need be). I can’t do cartwheels like I used to.

I can’t do the splits like I used to. I want to do all of these things but in my current shape, I can’t.

So Imma have to give some things up in order to make it happen.

I’m going to have to do what I have to do now, which is work out even if it’s a boring walk at home videos (yes, I lost 50 pounds doing them but it’s still boring).

But when I reach my fitness zenith, I can do what I want.

Ya dig?


8) “We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending.”

—Zig Ziglar

Why it’s motivational: It motivates me because I used to say to myself (okay and sometimes still do) that I wish I could go back and do things differently. This is not healthy and I know it.

This quote is a good reminder that even though we can’t go back, we can take the information and wisdom we have now and move forward.


9) Fitness is not about being better than someone else. It’s about being better than you used to be.

– Khloe Kardashian

Why it works: This is also talking about the comparison trap that we fall into. Actually we don’t really fall into it.

We step into it willingly and when someone tries to pull us out of the trap, we’re all “Heck no I won’t go”.

I’m not sure what’s up with us humans and wallowing in negativity but some of us love it (looks around sheepishly).

‘Preciate you Khole for trying to drag me out of the pit.


10) I hate every minute of training. But I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

– Mohammad Ali

Why we like it: It is an encouragement to me to know that “the Greatest” hated training. I naively thought that athletes loved training

. I mean they must if they do it so much, right? But apparently not. They love the game or the match. The training is a necessary evil in order to get to the match.

Good to know.


11) “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”


Why it works: Pretty self-explanatory. This is akin to the “get out of your comfort zone” ideal. You won't ever change by doing something easy. Click To Tweet

But wouldn’t it be cool if we could?


12) “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going.”

– Jillian Michaels

Why it works: Ok Jillian, I hear you. If my body hasn’t given out then I have no excuse to quit.

Although you don’t have to be this extreme (sounds like something she may have said on the Biggest Loser), it is a good reminder that we need to push ourselves further than we ever have before.


13) “You can have results or excuses, but not both.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger

Why it works: The Terminator has some pretty dope quotes, I must say.

He’s totally right. If you make excuses as to why you can’t change or reach the fitness goals you set, then you will be sure not to reach them.

And if we want results then we won’t make excuses. We will just do it, period.


14)  “What Seems Impossible Today Will One Day Become Your Warm Up”


Why it works: It works because it’s true. I remember some workouts being so hard.

Then when I went back to them and do them I remember thinking “Why did I make such a big deal out of this? This isn’t hard”.

But then it dawns on me. The workout hasn’t changed…but I have.

It’s such a sweet feeling, ya’ll trust me.


15)  “One Of The Greatest Moments In Life Is Realizing That Two Weeks Ago Couldn’t Do What You Just Did”


Why it’s motivating: This piggybacks off of quote #14.

And not only that but it shows just how quickly progress can be made which is totally motivating to me because I basically want overnight results.

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Your Next Step: Download A Fitness Goals Tracker Printable

My advice if you’re not sure where to go from here is to download a fitness goals tracker. I have one that you can download for free here (And I’d be delighted if you did) but there are others you can get as well.

The reason though for the tracker is so you can see how much progress you’ve made over the course of time. This is vital to keep your spirits up on those days when you want to give up.

Instead, you pull out the tracker and you can say, wow, I used to only be able to do 10 push-ups, and now I can do 40.

But without the tracker, you’ll forget just how far you’ve come.

That’s the best motivation of all.





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Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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Angela Johnson is the owner and creator of Healthy As You Can (HAYC) and Christian Blogging Academy (CBA). She is also an author and certified life coach. She started this blog to help support other Christians who want to live a healthy and natural lifestyle but don't know where to start because it can be oh so confusing. She's still trying to figure it all out and as she does, she'll let you know!

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