Although three-time world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali made it look like success came easy, he spent many grueling hours in the gym to become “the greatest of all time.” If you’re looking for some fitness inspiration before every trip to the gym, you might find it in this Ali quote:
“I hated every minute of the training, but I said: ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”
Basketball legend and six-time NBA champ Michael Jordan just might be the greatest basketball player of all time. Because he clearly knows something about winning, use this quote from him as your mantra the next time you hit a weight-loss plateau:
“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”
Jennifer Hudson on Determination
Singer and Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson is an inspiration to many after her 80-pound weight loss on the Weight Watchers program. The next time your junk-food craving hits, keep this advice from Hudson in mind:
“The key thing is figuring out what your issues are, and it’s really never about the food. You have to be real and honest with yourself. I had to stop and look and ask myself, ‘Why do I want this? What is the real reason?’ At times it was comfort food like chocolate. I love chocolate and I realized it relaxes me, so when you acknowledge what the issue is, you can control it better.”
Oregon’s Steve “Pre” Prefontaine might have been the greatest distance runner in American history, and he is certainly one of the most inspirational. By the age of 24, he had won six national collegiate distance titles and two Amateur Athletic Union crowns and set 15 American records at every distance from 2 miles through 10,000 meters. He died in 1975 in a car accident when he was just 24, but nearly 40 years later, his thoughts on fitness still inspire.
Among his many inspiring quotes: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift,” and “You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.”
It’s no secret that TV talk-show host, producer, and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey has struggled with her weight for much of her life — she’s been quite public about her ups and downs on the scale. Along the way, she has tried to provide much weight-loss inspiration to others. In 2003, writing about her weight struggles in her magazine, O, she offered this inspirational weight-loss quote:
“What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there — as long as you’re willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There’s just you, this moment, and a choice.”
Like Oprah, singer and actress Jessica Simpson, 31, has faced criticism over her weight for much of her life. Recently, she signed a $4 million deal to be a spokeswoman for Weight Watchers to help her shed weight post-pregnancy. But back when she landed the role of Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzardmovie, she offered this weight-loss inspiration:
“Immediately when I found out that I had the part, I thought it would be best to be able to have something to work towards or else I’ll stick to my fried food and Taco Bell. To have something, a goal, is awesome.”
Everyday Health’s Life and Fitness Coach is affectionately known as America’s toughest (and most inspiring) trainer. Driven by her own childhood weight issues, Michaels helped contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser drop thousands of pounds over 10 years. In an interview with Time magazine in 2009, she was asked how she stays so fit with such a hectic schedule. She responded:
“I’m not going to lie, it’s really hard. When you don’t have time to work out, you have to be really meticulous about your diet. And when you do have time to work out, make it count.
One of basketball’s enduring legends, “Dr. J” led the Philadelphia 76ers to an NBA championship in 1983, the culmination of a career in which he amassed more than 30,000 points on the hardwood. When you’re tempted to skip your daily workout or go back to the freezer for seconds of ice cream, this quote will keep you on track:
“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.
Olympic swimmer Dara Torres has three world records and 12 gold medals — and she’s not done yet. At 45, she just narrowly missed her chance at a sixth Olympics in London, but hasn’t retired from the sport. As she recently told Shapemagazine, when she hits a plateau in her training, she mixes things up to stay on track:
“People will get into the habit of doing the same thing over and over again, and you’ll stop seeing changes in your body. If you add variety and spice things up, I think it’ll help you to stay motivated.”
A singer, songwriter and an artist, healthy with no health problem what so ever. With a busy schedules sometimes and hard to breath situation. Learn how his perspective about exercise and the idea of happiness.
“I’m thankful for the awesome feeling you get after you exercise. It puts you in a happy mood.” And “I like to believe that you don’t need to reach a certain goal to be happy. I prefer to think that happiness is always there, and that when things don’t go the way we might like them to, it’s a sign from above that something even better is right around the corner.”