Exercising and eating right is difficult. Whether you’re on a short-term health kick or making a lifestyle change, losing weight and getting fit isn’t easy. As I watch the Olympics and I see these men and women doing extraordinary things, I wonder, what keeps them going? If you’ve wondered that too I have some great quotes for you from some of the most fit people in the world!
“If you think you can’t, you wont, and if you think you can, you will.” When I’m tired at practice, I tell myself that I’m not tired and I can push through it. If you tell yourself you’re tired or if you tell yourself you’re sick, your body is going to follow the mind.
— Kellie Wells, American track and field
“If you’re not having fun, then what the hell are you doing?” It reminds me to find the reason why I’m doing it and why I’m out there, which makes things more manageable when I’m stressed and fatigued.
— Allison Jones, Paralympic Cycling
“I wouldn’t say anything is impossible. I think that everything is possible as long as you put your mind to it and put the work and time into it.”
— Michael Phelps, The most decorated Olympian of all time
“When anyone tells me I can’t do anything, I’m just not listening anymore.”
— Florence Griffith-Joyner, Fastest woman of all time
“I’m trying to do the best I can. I’m not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.”
— Mark Spitz, American swimmer. Held the record for most gold medals at a single Olympics until Michael Phelps
“You have to train your mind like you train your body.”
— Bruce Jenner, He’s Kim Kardashians’ step-dad, but before that he was a track and field athlete with a gold medal in a decathalon
“Nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.”
— Andre Agassi, American tennis player who was once married to Brooke Shields
“You have to believe in yourself when no one else does — that makes you a winner right there.”
— Venus Williams, American tennis player with 4 gold medals
If you think you’re done, you always have at least 40 percent more.
—Lauren Crandall, American field hockey player
One word: Fight. Anyone can do it when it feels good, but when you’re hurting, that’s when it makes a difference, so you have to keep fighting.
—Erin Cafaro, American rower