Always remember that this body and this life are all that you have.

Believe you can persevere. Believe when you fail. Believe when you fall.

Create in your heart a place that is yours alone, a place you will nourish.

Designate time and resources; break from responsibility and do this for you.

Exercise is the gift you give yourself; one it is difficult to give too much of.

Find your fitness soul mate. Wade through the various Romeos and Juliets of physical activity to find a true love or three.

Go forth boldly in your new adventure, and fortune will favor you.

Hesitate not. The time to begin is now.

Investigate methods of improvement and adherence.

Justify your fitness passion to no one but yourself. This is something to do for you.

Know that, with time, habits will form and your struggles will abate.

Love is not all you need, but developing a joy for movement can take you places you’ve yet to see.

Many will stumble and fall during their journey towards fitness, but those who rise again don’t regret it.

Now is not the time to dwell on excuses. They may be legitimate, but you must focus on how to triumph rather than succumb to tragedy.

Open your mind to new experiences.

Plan accordingly.

Quit spending so much time in front of a screen.

Rest when you’re dead.

Save yourself.

Train for something.

Underneath the hood is where it matters. The shell says very little about the power that resides inside.

Value this life that has been given to you and make investments in its future.

Weakness can evolve into strength.

Xylophone. Yeah, I guess that’s a little bit of a workout. It qualifies as a percussion instrument. Sure. Do it.

You cannot change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails to reach your destination.

ZZ Top sang about legs. It’s time use yours and walk the path.


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James S. Fell is an internationally syndicated fitness columnist for the Chicago Tribune and author of Lose it Right: A Brutally Honest 3-Stage Program to Help You Get Fit and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind, published by Random House Canada. He also interviews celebrities about their fitness stories for the Los Angeles Times, and is head fitness columnist for and a regular contributor to Men’s Health.