When you first started your new badass fitness routine your motivation was sky-high. Workouts at the break of dawn? No problem! Chicken salad while everyone else stuffs their faces with pizza? You bet!
But as the weather gets colder, the days get darker and the holidays are just around the corner, sometimes our enthusiasm to workout and eat healthy begins to wane. What’s a fit girl faced with bottomless cocktails and grandma’s cookies to do?
Turn to the definitive list of the best fitspo quotes (fitspo = fitness + inspiration).
1. Squat for a bubble butt
Throw your hands up if you like a big booty! If J.Lo’s derrière doesn’t get you motivated, one of today’s many big booty anthems will.
2. Food is medicine
Perhaps no meal is more gluttonous than Thanksgiving dinner. By all means, indulge in a little turkey with all the trimmings, but be sure to keep this advice in mind for the next four weeks leading up to Christmas.
3. Beauty and the beast
Let’s take a moment to admire the body of work that is CrossFit icon Christmas Abbott. What more motivation do you need to pick up some iron?
4. Don’t be a Debbie Downer
If you’re not willing to put in the work, don’t complain to your friends for the umpteenth time about how huge your hips are, how you hate your calves and you can’t wear halters because you’ve got man shoulders à la Mean Girls.
5. Reduce stress
Exercise releases stress and gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Take it from everyone’s favorite blonde lawyer, Elle Woods.
6. The time will pass anyway
Just a little reminder you’re not going to see changes overnight. We know, it sucks. Take progress photos, and give yourself 12 weeks. Trust the process!
Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right! The more you believe in yourself, the more energy you will commit to achieving your goal. Just try it. It works.
8. A healthy lifestyle shouldn’t be all or nothing
So you ate a cookie. Don’t punish yourself by binging on a smorgasbord of Halloween candy so you can “start over tomorrow.” Fitness is a lifestyle, and that doesn’t mean feast or famine.
9. No excuses
Yes, some excuses are acceptable for skipping a workout. But the majority of excuses you make on a day-to-day basis are completely avoidable. Too tired? Turn off the TV and go to bed earlier. Can’t afford a gym membership? There are plenty of at-home workouts you can do. Make it work.
10. Prove your haters wrong
Naysayers can be an excellent form of motivation. So hustle until your haters become your admirers.
Read on for 10 more motivational fitness quotes.
11. You can do a lot in 60 seconds
Anyone who has performed High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) knows just how long a muscle-burning, heart-pounding minute can feel. But did you know you can cut your workout time in half by swapping steady-state cardio for intervals?
12. Stay on top
Anyone who has achieved a fitness goal knows it takes work to stay in peak condition. Some well deserved R&R is one thing, but don’t let that recovery week turn into a recovery month.
13. A quick pun
Take a shot of pre-workout, head to your favorite bar, get your pump on and prepare for your muscles to feel “hungover” in the morning.
14. Mind over matter
The key to overcoming mental barriers? The 40 percent rule—when your mind is telling you you’re done, you’re really only 40 percent done. There is more in the reserve tank than you think.
15. Dream big
We’re not advocating you do a handstand on a skyscraper here, but what would you do if money were no object? Don’t be afraid to dream big.
16. Don’t let comparison rob you of happiness
This one is a little ironic considering the fit chick from Planet Super Hot juxtaposed next to the quote. But if you can focus on being better than the person you were yesterday, you are guaranteed to be happier than constantly comparing yourself to others.
17. You need a tall drink of water
Need we say more?
18. A good man…
Exercise is the best way to boost your self-esteem. Period.
19. Because you’re worth it
No it’s not easy, but nothing worth having comes easy.
20. You know it’s working when
We’ve all been there. The day after leg day is a force to be reckoned with—it can make the most mundane tasks from walking down the stairs to sitting on a toilet seem like a feat in themselves. Take comfort in the fact you’re getting stronger. Soon you will have a love/hate relationship with the hurts-so-good feeling.
Read on for 10 fitness quotes that give “fitspo” a bad name.
We love a little fitspo and what girl doesn’t? But there is an ugly side of the coin that makes you say, “What were they thinking?” Behold some of the worst offenders.
1. KEEP GOING!
Umm….pretty sure last time I got a good workout in, I didn’t come close to puking, fainting or dying. What kind of sadistic high school P.E. teacher dreamed this up?
2. You don’t say?
Except for deep-dish pizza, ice cream, cookie dough, lobster macaroni and cheese, french fries, donuts, and we could go on.
3. I don’t sweat, I sparkle.
I want to like this one, I really do, but I just don’t feel “sparkly” or glamorous when I’m covered in stinky, salt water, AKA sweat.
4. I would never cheat on you
Alrighty then. If my marriage to fitness says I can never have a glass of wine or sleep in on a Saturday, then I’m sorry, maybe monogamy isn’t exactly plausible here. Would you be interested in a ménage à trois?
5. Take your weight loss one pound at a time
Good intentions? Yes. But what about all the other ways to measure your progress that don’t involve a scale? C’mon, every fit girl knows muscle weighs more than fat!
6. But food is awesome
First, I would like to give a shoutout to my dog for eating the same thing at every meal and not complaining, and secondly, I would like to roll my eyes. Yes, food is fuel and should be treated as such. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan an awesome cheat meal at the end of the week to reward all of your hard work and “clean” eating.
7. Do you even lift?
Sounds like an injury waiting to happen. When I’m squatting a bar loaded with the equivalent of my own bodyweight I want to be sure my brain is extremely aware of what I’m doing.
8. Come again?
Again, I get what they’re saying here, but if you’re going to get technical, it’s actually a lot more than four percent of your waking day. Let’s say you’re like the majority of people and have to sleep, work and commute for at least 17 hours every 24 hour period—leaving you only seven hours of “free time.”
By the time you drive to the gym and shower afterwards, you’re adding another hour to your “one-hour workout.” News flash! An hourly workout every day is a huge commitment—nearly a third of your free-time assuming you don’t have other commitments such as housework and child care (which many of us women do). So yes, it’s possible, but don’t belittle what it takes to workout for “only” an hour per day. End rant.
9. Brace yourself
I don’t think I could come up with a better oxymoron if I tried. Lunges and squats will NOT give you a thigh gap. Just no. The words themselves sound like nails on a chalkboard. This shouldn’t even have to be debunked in the year 2016. If you’re trying to starve yourself for an unnatural thigh gap, for the love of fitness, please don’t associate it with daily squats and lunges.
10. Yeah bitch, I’m sure
Enough with the deprivation. If I want a cookie I will eat a damn cookie, and it’s not going to “ruin” my lifestyle or prevent me from rocking a bikini. Ridiculous.
“Fitspo” can be great to help you get your butt of the couch. But don’t turn off your brain when you turn on the internet and take the “bad ones” with a grain of salt.