Fitness is a journey and everyone is at a different place in that journey. For some, this can be a long road. Staying motivated during your journey to a healthy lifestyle can be difficult at times. These tips for staying motivated will keep you moving even when the going gets rough.

The most important aspect of sticking to a fitness program is to set goals. Even if you are not trying to lose weight, you are pleased with your body, etc. – set a goal. You can always improve on something. Goals keep you moving towards something. Plus, it feels great to praise and reward yourself once you’ve reached that goal! And once you reach your goal, set a new one!

To stay accountable, schedule your workouts like you would any other meeting or appointment. If you keep a planner or schedule book, put it down in pen. If you use an online calendar, schedule yourself a daily appointment to be sure you don’t double book yourself and skimp on exercise. Even better, grab a friend to accompany you! If you’re having a rough day, they will be sure to get you to your workout and keep you moving. If you’re unable to recruit a workout buddy for the day, tell someone you trust about your exercise plans. Knowing that someone knows what you’re goals are for the day will keep you accountable to complete your workout.

Another tip: make fitness fun. Working out can become tedious very quickly if you don’t actually enjoy it. Get out of your comfort zone and try new things: Zumba, Yoga, strength training, step, running, swimming, Spinning, plyometrics, CrossFit, anything! The more forms of exercise you experiment with, the better chance you have of finding something you truly enjoy and look forward to each day.

It’s inevitable: some days, you will search for any excuse to skip your workout. It happens to the best of us, the most elite athletes, the New Year’s resolutioners, and probably you! For the days you don’t have a workout buddy egging you on during your workout or a class scheduled to keep you accountable, you can count on us to bust you out of your motivational rut. We’ve compiled the most motivating pick-me-ups for those blah days.

Read this inspirational list and write down some of your favorites somewhere where you’ll always see them. We would love to read some of your favorite motivational quotes in the comments below, too!

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  1. Don’t give up what you want most for what you want right now.

  2. Every accomplishment starts with a decision to try.

  3. Be strong; you never know who you’re inspiring.

  4. No matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping everyone on the couch.

  5. Just do it. (Thanks, Nike!)

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

  7. Do something today that your future self will thank you for.

  8. When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.

  9. Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

  10. Small changes make a big difference.

  11. Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

  12. 6 or 16 minutes, a mile is still a mile.

  13. Believe you can and you’re halfway there.

  14. You are so much stronger than you think.

  15. The only workout you’ll regret is the one that didn’t happen.

  16. The expert in anything was once a beginner.

  17. It never gets easier, you just get better!

  18. Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction.

  19. You are far too smart to be the only one standing in your way.

  20. You’re only one workout away from a good mood.

  21. Slow progress is better than no progress.

  22. Excuses don’t burn calories.

  23. Strive for progress, not perfection.

  24. Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in.

  25. A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.

  26. Push yourself, no one is going to do it for you.

  27. Be better than you were yesterday.

  28. If Forrest Gump can run for 3 years, you can finish 1 workout.

  29. If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.

  30. You never fail until you stop trying.

  31. Dreams don’t work unless you do.

  32. Wake up. Be awesome.

  33. Be stronger than your excuses.

  34. Today is another chance to make yourself proud.

  35. The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.

Manon McGovern

Manon McGovern, creator of The Traveling Trainer, is a fitness and weight management specialist who loves sharing her passion for a healthy lifestyle. She studied Exercise Science at The Ohio State University and started personal training and teaching group exercise classes to introduce herself into the fitness world. She enjoys personal training and teaching Yoga, Spinning, KickBoxing, and strength classes. Now working... Read More

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