10 Motivating Fitness Mantras You Need in Your Life Right Now

A mindset technique that actually works.

By: Emily Freeman

You really want to workout, that’s why you’re here. We don’t blame you. When you start working out, you may experience things like sky-high energy levels, efficient productivity, boosted metabolism, stronger bones, sexier muscles, sounder sleep, and better cardiovascular health. But, it’s easy to get stuck in a fitness rut. Whether it was the time we all spent self-isolating at home, or life got crazy and exercise fell to the bottom of your priority list, we have you covered with some powerful fitness mantras to kick that motivation up a notch. 

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Why Mantras Work to Keep You Motivated

Sticking to a fitness program comes down to your mindset. If you truly believe you can reach your goals, you will. If you’re still doubting yourself, sticking to a workout plan may feel a little trickier.

Luckily, we have the perfect pick-me-up to do the trick. 

If you have a meditation practice, you may already be familiar with the idea of using mantras to change your mindset. A mantra is a positive affirmation that you will use every day to change your subconscious negative thoughts, which linger in the background without you even noticing, to conscious positive thoughts. 

The negative subconscious thoughts you have around exercise are much more powerful than you think. Your brain will do whatever it takes to produce the actions to meet them.

This is why simply creating powerful, positive thoughts can get you to your fitness goals quicker. 

And we’re making it easy for you with these ten powerful fitness mantras that will start to create big shifts in your mindset and get you back on track.

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10 Fitness Mantras You Need In Your Life Right Now

#1 I Do Not Need to Be (or feel) Perfect to Have a Great Workout Today 

You’re not going to feel motivated or energized to work out every day. It’s just not possible as a human being. Some days your body will need the rest (we are big proponents of rest days). But, if it’s your mind telling you to poop out on your workout plans, show yourself some grace and try your best to get in some exercise anyway. 

#2 I Love My Body and Want to Give it What it Needs 

It’s so important to remember that exercising is an act of self-love. The more of it you have for yourself, the more likely you are to stick to your goals. Our bodies naturally want to move, so show yourself some love by working up a sweat!

#3 All I Need to Do is Start, The Rest Will Come 

This is one of our go-to fitness mantras on days where you may feel like blowing your workout off.  But, just know that sometimes the hardest part is just starting. 

Our mind races forward to the middle of our workout and doubts if we’ll be able to push through or last as long as we’d like.

Rein it those thoughts, sisters, and brothers! Just focus on starting and let your mind catch up with your body. 

#4 I Strive For Progress, Not Perfection 

It’s simply inhuman to be perfect and trying to reach perfection is totally unmotivating. However, thinking about all the progress you’ve made and/or are going to make will get you jumping out of bed, motivated to crush another workout. 

#5 I’m Doing This For Me 

There’s nothing more motivating than feeling like you are the reason for your goals. Knowing you always have your own back and are rooting for yourself is more powerful than you realize. 

So get up and sweat it out for YOU — your strength, health, happiness, and peace! 

#6 I Will Not Let My Mind Hold My Body Back 

Our mind can be our biggest frenemy. It thinks it’s doing us a favor, but sometimes our thoughts come out of habit to try and stand in our way. 

Feed your brain with this positive fitness mantra, and it’ll start to learn it’s not always the boss of you.

#7 I Find Comfort in The Discomfort Knowing This is The Start of My Transformation 

Exercise is not comfortable by nature, and that’s why we love it! To build strength or endurance, you’re going to need to strap on your big girl/boy boots and push yourself out of your comfort zone. 

Of course, you always want to listen to your body to prevent injuries. But learning to love the burn will help you reach your fitness goals that much quicker. 

#8 I Am Going to Feel Amazing After This Workout 

The gratification, euphoria, and yummy, healthy meal that comes after a workout are seriously the best. Focusing on the end result can be super powerful if being present in your workout is more difficult or you need an extra boost to push through one more set. 

#9 I Can Trust Myself Because I Follow Through With My Commitments 

Kick your subconscious self-doubting thoughts to the curb! If you’ve tried and tried again to stick to a workout regimen, this one’s for you. This fitness mantra will help rewire your brain so you can start reaching the goals you crave. 

#10 I’ve Got This! 

Sometimes you just need a quick reminder that you are capable of whatever you put your mind to, and this mantra has all of that wrapped up into three short words. Boom! 

Your Mind is Your Strongest Flex 

Your mental health is just as, if not more, important than your physical health. Finding the right tools to create mental resilience and a positive outlook is key to staying committed to your fitness goals. 

Finding fitness mantras that work is a very personal discovery, and once you find the ones that click, you’ll be UN-STOP-A-BLE!