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Words That Truly Move You . . .

Working out is often a mind over matter thing. Sometimes to keep moving, all it takes is a potent phrase. Simply saying "Five more minutes – you can do that!" (which it sounds like many of you do) to yourself can keep your legs moving and your arms pumping. Recently, I asked how you all keep yourself motivated during workouts and there are so many gems.

Here are a few I just had to share:

  • From amiemoos comes two:
    "Pain is temporary but pride is forever."
    "Pain is just weakness leaving the body."
  • Punkingirl says this to herself:
    "Did you get up this morning just to quit half way through?"
  • From Jenniegirl comes three phrases:
    "Your body is a temple."
    "Your legs are a powerhouse."
    "You can do this. Your body can do this."
  • My buddy BuzzSugar coaxes herself up hills when running by saying:
    "Float! Float! Float!" with every step.
  • And just because you are not swimming doesn't mean you cannot channel the lovable fish Dori from Finding Nemo. That's what Running Bunny does. She tells herself:
    "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming." It works for running, but I used it in my first open water swim of the season and man it worked liked a charm.

Try any of these the next time your mind is trying to convince you that your body is through.


Join The Conversation
sugarfan sugarfan 9 years
These are all awesome motivators! When I'm running, I tell myself "pain is temporary but quitting is forever."
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Good ones.
hampton889 hampton889 9 years
When I run, I like to say "harder, faster, stronger". You can get it going with each step. I used to have a trainer that said with each step tell yourself harder, faster, stronger because you can only achieve what your mind believes (I know it's cheesy, but it definitely works for me).
DeviousMuse DeviousMuse 9 years
When I was running my half marathon, there were a few extremely challenging hills that really were trying to kick my butt, especially after all the blisters on my feet showed up. Trying to stay in a positive state of mind, I kept repeating to myself: "This hill will not defeat me. I am stronger than this hill." That would work well with anything - mile/lap/pace, etc. Also, the phrase "Pain is weakness leaving the body" was a popular quote (by Tom Sobel) used by the US Marine Corps for their recruitment ads - in fact, it was so popular, that there are HS students today still asking for that quote on their shirts again... (I used to work for the USMC ad agency.)
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Great motivation.
svenska svenska 9 years
I do that too Spectra, "Only 5 more minutes..." When I use to swim, at practices, I would keep repeating "1, 2, 3" until I zoned out - kind of lame but it helped me not to think and that helped me get through workouts and practices easier. I also really like, "I can do all things."
rglnd2g rglnd2g 9 years
I repeat Philipians 4:13 when I want to stop "I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Just thinking it gives me the strength to not give up!
latent latent 9 years
I just generally use "It sucks. Now go." and "Don't be a f*cking p*ssy. Move."
turkhaven turkhaven 9 years
Oh man guys these are priceless. I could have used a few of these motivating words last night as I was running up and down the same hill.
squirrellypoo squirrellypoo 9 years
On my long runs when I need motivation, in my head I chant "strong, lean, powerful!". It sounds silly, but it keeps me focused on my goal.
lady-T lady-T 9 years i have Dori song in my head all day..''just keep swimming, just keep swimming...:) i'll have to try it later today when im running !! :)
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
Me, I always tell myself "Supermodel body...I'm going to be hotter than Gisele"....(mind you, I'm a size 0, so its not really that far off...)
chellybean chellybean 9 years
I second the "your body is a temple". Those five little words keep me from eating crappy food, too!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Great quotes! I like to tell myself "Hey, just do 5 more minutes, then if you REALLY want to quit, no one's stopping you". Usually, I just keep on going no matter what because I don't want to give up.
Colleeninator Colleeninator 9 years
I love that, Average Jane, because it really is true. Better than motivating myself with words, I like to find ways to distract myself (because you can do a lot more if you don't notice how much you're doing - this goes even more so for cardio than it does for reps). So, I like to pack my mp3 player with songs that I love, as opposed to just upbeat songs, and immerse myself in them. I also watch other people in the gym, and try to make up stories about their day and their personalities (though I think this could be very creepy if you focus on one person for too long). I also really like "Pain is just weakness leaving the body" which bothers me outside of a workout environment (because it's not necessarily true), but in a workout, it's perfect.
Average-Jane Average-Jane 9 years
My mantra is "your mind gives up before your body". It works. It's so true. Gym Rat Jane
kiddylnd kiddylnd 9 years
OH! I like these. I especially like first two. :)
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