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12 Motivational workout quotes that have nothing to do with weight

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

If you've ever searched for fitness inspiration on Pinterest, you're likely well aware that popular culture equates "fitness" with "skinny."

It's gross. How is the average American supposed to make healthy lifestyle choices when exercise is synonymous with starvation and deprivation? This kind of approach to health is shortsighted and punitive at best.

I, for one, am tired of pop culture's approach to fitness. Instead of relying on thinspiration for my workout routines, I plan to use the following motivational quotes for exercise in the new year.

1. There are no limits

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

2. A lifestyle of health

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

3. The strength of a woman

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

4. Earn your rest

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

5. Stay away from people who belittle

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

6. Mind over matter

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

7. Just try

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

8. Check your motivation

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

9. Talent doesn't matter

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

10. Don't give up on a dream

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

11. Building the new

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

12. Closer than yesterday

Amen! These mantras prove that workouts aren't just about weight loss

Tell us: Which one of these quotes will help you push past your barriers, so you can live the healthy lifestyle you want?

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