Getting yourself into workout mode聽is聽NBD most days, but some days鈥 not so much. So聽maybe you鈥檝e got聽motivational posters聽tacked to your office cubicle, or maybe even framed in your bedroom. Maybe you even have that perfect聽travel mug to keep your 鈥榯ude as perky as your jolt of java. Some days, you love channeling Lady Gaga鈥檚 secret to聽happiness. Other days, you just need a succinct, motivational mantra to turn that frown upside down. Look no further! We鈥檙e sharing our favorite, most-inspiring fitness 鈥 and life 鈥 mantras from brilliant workout instructors.


1. I am enough. 鈥淗ow many of us these days fall trap to the comparison game? The rise of social media and our addiction to it enables us to take a peek into others鈥 lives 24 hours a day. While this may be fun, it also sets us up for feeling inadequate in more ways than one,鈥 says Jessica Bellofatto of JBYoga, a studio that specializes in SUP yoga and retreats.

鈥淎s a yoga instructor of 22+ years, I sometimes see the most popular 鈥業nstagram yogis鈥 and wonder why my following is not as big as theirs, why I am not as popular, etc. This simple mantra, repeated silently to yourself (try synchronizing it with the breath as in 鈥業 Am鈥 on the inhale and 鈥楨nough鈥 on the exhale), can be an amazing way to press the reset button and get off the comparison bandwagon. Remember, you are enough!鈥


2.聽Breathe, breathe, breathe. 鈥淭his is one I use in class when I鈥檓 teaching. I鈥檒l speak in a staccato, manner which helps students, because rhythmic speech, like聽music, has a calming effect on people,鈥 offers Chidimma Ozor, instructor at TruFusion聽in Las Vegas, Nevada. 鈥淢any students have told me they appreciate the calmness of my voice, which helps them both in pushing them to break through new聽barriers, but also to experience peace and serenity in the moment.鈥


3. No one has ever regretted a workout. 鈥淭his is too, too true. We get so used to making up excuses to why we shouldn鈥檛 work out,鈥 comments Lisa Hayim, MS, RD, Pilates Mat Certified instructor and Registered聽Dietitian. 鈥淲e self-talk our way into sleeping late, or make up reasons to procrastinate. The truth is, no one has ever regretted working out, but they do regret the excuses they make at the end of the day.


4.聽Ham Sa. 鈥淭his is another simple Sanskrit mantra. It means 鈥業 am That.鈥 We spell the word That with a capital 鈥楾鈥 because it represents the BIG THAT. That which is Universal Energy, All Knowing, All Seeing,鈥 offers Jessica. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an amazing reminder that although we are all individuals in human form, with these limited bodies and minds, the essence of us is Vast, Universal, Divine Consciousness. A great one to chant when you are feeling limited or stuck,鈥 Jessica shares.


5. It takes four weeks for you to see your body changing; eight weeks for your friends and family to see it; and 12 weeks for the rest of the world. This is a brilliant way to remind yourself that the magic doesn鈥檛 happen overnight, and a weight loss journey is about your lifestyle and not just a number on the scale. 鈥淲hen we make a lifestyle change, we expect the results to be instant. While we may start to feel them earlier on, we often need others to notice it to feel validated and committed,鈥 says Lisa.

鈥淩emembering that it鈥檚 a process聽鈥斅燼nd that body changes take time 鈥 motivates you to keep going instead of giving up after a month. When clients complain after a month, I remind them how far they have come, and how they would have to start all over again if they gave up now!


6.聽Om Shanti. 鈥淭his is a simple Sanskrit mantra. Om means 鈥榯he Universal Oneness鈥 and Shanti means聽鈥楶eace.鈥 Om Shanti can be chanted anywhere, anytime you need to feel at ease, during times of turmoil or stress. Try it!鈥 suggests Jessica.


7. Enjoy the journey. Live light. Simple but profound words worth living by: 鈥淚t鈥檚 not about where or what you鈥檙e trying to get. It鈥檚 all about how you get there and trying the growth and experience聽that聽comes with finding the way,鈥 says Jacqueline Reinhardt, instructor at TruFusion.


8. The hardest part of exercise is just to start. We think Woody Allen was onto something when he said that 鈥80 percent of success is showing up.鈥 Lisa elaborates: 鈥淕etting out of a sedentary funk is the hardest part. That first time seems impossible and pointless. It鈥檚 easy to give up on yourself and decide that the road is too hard. However, once you start, there is no turning back. Just 15 minutes of cardio is enough to get your endorphins firing, and getting you to feel like your old self again!鈥


9. I am enough. Who I am is enough. What I do is enough, and what I have is enough. We love how this sentiment echoes Jessica鈥檚 mantra (see #1) and captures the intention of being okay exactly where you are. Some days you can rock a headstand like it ain鈥檛 no thang; others you may struggle just getting through a tree pose. And that鈥檚 okay! 鈥淸This mantra] works because it gives me permission to be who I am in the present moment, and makes me feel like I can take big risks, because even if they fail, I am still enough,鈥 explains聽Whitney Koch Owens, instructor at TruFusion.


10.聽If you can, you must. If you must, you can. 鈥淚 think sometimes we get caught in the emotional roller coaster that inevitably comes along with training. Sometimes it feels like the world is against you,鈥 comments Julia Falamas, Director of Programming and Operations at Epic Hybrid Training. 鈥淏ut for me, it鈥檚 important to remember that my feelings do not reflect my physical state. If I am able-bodied and healthy, then I can do something, no matter how small.


11.聽Mind over matter. 鈥淚 don鈥檛 necessarily 鈥榤editate鈥 to this mantra, but when I am working out, this is often what I remind myself to push myself and keep going. I heard the phrase when I was younger, running cross country in junior high, and it resonated with me,鈥 says Ashle Worrick, TruFusion instructor. 鈥淚 found that as soon as I want to give up, I remind myself 鈥榤ind over matter.鈥 Our minds are so powerful, and we have the ability to push past our limits as long as we put our minds to it. I say it to my classes to encourage them when I feel they need motivation. 鈥楳ind over matter, guys. Put your mind to it. You can do it. You will do it!鈥欌


12. Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will. Mahatma Gandhi may have been the originator of this quote, but Zumba instructor Edmee Cherdieu lives by its virtues: 鈥淧ersonally, this is a big one for me. I was not given the best physique to achieve physical greatness, but I very soon realized that by training my mind to push through my body, I became stronger and more capable. With focus, will and invincible mind power, one can achieve everything. Do not let self doubt get in the way of your personal goal.鈥

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