Summer is upon us and, if you haven’t been doing so already, you may be in the gym trying to get fine for the summertime. I know I need to get back at it. Jessica gave me the idea to make a list of motivational sayings and a workout playlist and I think it’s great! So here are some things to keep us going!
Quotes have always helpful to me. I used to keep inspirational quotes on my mirror in my apartment in Hattiesburg. Every morning, I’d read them as I brushed my teeth and fixed my hair. These quotes can apply to exercise and life in general. Try putting the quotes in a place where you’ll see them every day like your mirror or your closet door.
“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Agatha Christie
“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” – Benjamin Franklin
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”
And here’s a short playlist to start you off. This includes some songs that helped me last year, along with some new additions. Rap music motivates me the best, but I try to change it up.
1) “Mark McGwire” – Future
It’s loud and energetic and it got my adrenaline running.
2) “Crazy In Love” – Beyonce
I don’t want to be as small as Beyonce is now, but thinking about how she lost her baby weight motivates me.
3) “Stronger” – Kanye West
4) “Bootylicious” – Destiny’s Child
This is one of my favorite feel-good songs anyway, but it also helps to listen to it while doing squats or other booty exercises.
5) “Freedom” – George Michael
I enjoyed this one on the elliptical.
6) “The Pleasure Principle” – Janet Jackson
7) “Fighter” – Christina Aguilera
8) “Move That Dope” – Future feat. Pharrell, Pusha T & Casino
I’m pretty sure beefin’ it up burns calories.
I hope what I shared helps! I plan to use this as motivation to get back in the gym… Or at least exercise in my living room.
Do you have any quotes or songs to share?