Words are powerful. Mantras can be a powerful tool to focus your energy, your efforts and your thoughts into pushing beyond what you sometimes tell yourself are your limits. Committing to a healthy lifestyle is easy, but sticking to it is a true test of your inner resolve. Motivation wanes; it’s the nature of the beast. It can easy to forget what all this hard work is for when you want what’s in front of your face right that second. Sometimes, you’d rather hit the snooze button than workout. Sometimes, that drive-thru calls to you louder than the healthy dinner you already had planned. Sometimes you Just. Don’t. Feel. Like. It.
My mantra? “Do the next right thing.” It works for everything, and puts me in a positive mind frame to move forward instead of dwelling on a past decision. It doesn’t foster feelings of guilt. It acknowledges that something happened, good or bad, and encourages me to move forward in a positive way.  How do you handle any situation? By doing the next right thing.
Find a fitness mantra that resonates with you, and use it. Write it down and put it somewhere you will see it, like the fridge, the bathroom mirror, your scale or somewhere you know you may need a little extra push. Repeat it in your head if you find yourself coming up with excuses to justify making a poor decision. Whether you are looking to make it through the last set of bicep curls, to make a healthy food decision, need motivation to get out of bed to hit the gym or need long lasting motivation to get through a seemingly endless weight loss plateau, you mantra will get you through. Feel free to come up with your own, but here are a few great ones to pull from:
For Fitness:
Don’t do what you want to do today, do what you’ll be proud of doing tomorrow.
No one said it would be easy, just that it’ll be worth it
You don’t have to enjoy it, you just have to do it.
You can do anything for 60 seconds.
“We’ve got goals, people!” (My old boss used to shout that through out the personal training studio every once in a while to get everyone amped up. I always hear it, in his voice, whenever I’m slowing down.)
Just one more.
Just do it.
The body achieves what the mid believes.
For proper food choices:
Live food, live body
Will I remember what this tasted like tomorrow?
Is it worth it?
Is this a need or a want?
For all day motivation:
Never Take your gloves off if you want to stay in the fight.
Every choice is either a step forward or a step back.
You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.
Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right
Another personal favorite: If not now, then when? If not me, then who?
Tomorrow never comes.
Here are a few personal favorites from Readers:
We all cross the same finish line. – @brandik
There will come a day when I can no longer do this. Today is not that day. – @lacyjhansen
Being out of shape is hard. Working out is hard. Choose your hard! – Sarah R.
I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. – Eryka S

What are your favorite fitness mantras? Leave a comment and let us know!