Words can motivate you into motion

Photo by Vicki Harris

Photo by Vicki Harris

Nike does a great job of incorporating motivating fitness quotes into their advertising campaigns. You may not even wear a lot of Nike apparel, but you are certainly familiar with their “Just Do It” slogan. We’ve all used little motivational sayings at one time or another in our daily lives. They make us feel good and for brief moments we feel like we can conquer anything life throws at us because that little quote says that we can. I sat down and started thinking about some of my favorite fitness quotes and how we can use them to keep us on track with our diet and exercise routines.

“No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” I have friends tell me all the time that they would like to come to my classes or they would like to start working out but they “just don’t think they can do it” because they’ve never done it before. Guess what? Every athlete has a first ... a first workout, a first game, a first race. Twenty-three years ago (wow!), I walked into the gym for my first workout.

I had no idea how to use any of the machines and I had no idea what exercises worked each body part. But I wanted to learn and that’s all it took. I started slow, but gradually learned my way around the gym. It took several months before I felt “comfortable” in the gym, but look where I am now. Don’t worry about being a beginner or being slow because everyone has been there and that beats sitting on the couch any day.

“Discipline means doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to.” Discipline could easily be a four letter word! Discipline is mean and tough. Some of us have it and some of us struggle with it daily.

Discipline is getting up at 5 a.m. to go to that early morning Boot Camp class instead of sleeping in. Discipline is telling your friends that you have to take a rain check on that dinner at the Mexican restaurant so you can meet your trainer for a workout. Discipline is buying the low-fat Greek yogurt instead of the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookie dough when you are standing in the cold food section at Publix.

We know what we should do, but who says that is what we want to do? Be strong. Make the right choices. Discipline is one of the few things in life that you don’t have to pay for. Make the most of it.

“Nothing tastes as good as being fit feels.” This is my favorite. I relate to this one. I always feel 100 percent better when I make the right choices about my diet. Bad food choices are so easy to make ... discipline goes out the window and junk goes into the mouth. And it tastes soooo good — for about five minutes. And then the guilt hits and your belly feels fat and you want to kick yourself for caving in. We’ve all done it.

I’ve said this in previous articles and I’ll say it again, “Diet is 90 percent of the fitness equation.” Think about how good you feel when you eat healthy. Being fit isn’t just about cardio and lifting weights. I challenge you to make healthier eating choices this week and see for yourself.

“Strong is the new skinny.” The Victoria’s Secret models are really pretty girls with these mile-long legs, narrow shoulders and tiny torsos. Oxygen magazine models are fitness professionals and amateur competitors who have well-defined arms, tight glutes and six packs. I’d pick the bodies of the Oxygen girls over the Victoria’s Secret girls any day of the week.

Muscles are sexy. I am not talking about the huge, muscle freaks that walk around the gym and flex in the mirrors. Not sexy. Funny to watch, but not sexy. I am talking about lean muscle mass. I am talking about Matthew McConaughey or Zac Efron lean. Ladies, you aren’t going to look like Arnold by lifting heavier weights. Get stronger. And guys, find that happy medium. You don’t want your girl to be stronger than you, but don’t try to max out every exercise, blow up like a cartoon character and look ridiculous.

Inspirational quotes are everywhere. I see them on TV, in magazines, on billboards, on Facebook ... the list goes on. Some are silly. Some are very good. Use the ones that I’ve shared with you to become a fitter, healthier you. I am going to leave you today with one more. This one is for all of the ladies who need a little extra push to get going. “You aren’t going to get the butt you want by sitting on the one you have.”

Michele Moulton has been a fitness instructor for over 21 years and is a certified Spinning instructor. She teaches at PT Gym and is an avid cyclist. She is an accountant and a mother of two boys, Austin and Harrison.