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5 Fitness Quotes That Irk Midlife Exercisers

Hot tip to those of you who want to entice baby boomer women into the world of movement and exercise :

Sculpted hands reaching upDon’t scare us off with negative, intense “motivational” expressions. Our joints are already yelling at us. Our soft middles don’t relate to hard core.

Play nice. Emphasize the joy, fun, camaraderie, and energy that exercise brings. Am I right, ladies? We want to do what feels good or helps us live better. Skip the punishment angle, the “all or nothing” approach;  get right to all the benefits and the fact that even a little movement goes a long way. Go Active Aging Women Over 50! (Yes, go to our other post on this subject if you like a good rant).

And now to the expressions that invoke Towanda:


Negative fitness expressions

What workout quotes tick your wick?  Let’s get a good list going in the comments below. And pin this baby, will ‘ya?



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13 Responses to 5 Fitness Quotes That Irk Midlife Exercisers

  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta July 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

    Strong is the new sexy always ticks me off. Yes, I’m strong, but not because my goal is sexy. Over 50, strong means being able to get on and off the toilet (okay, an exaggeration, but you get what I mean).
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  2. Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry July 25, 2014 at 8:01 am #

    I love this, I am guilty of “pinning” some of these on one of my pinterest boards, however I totally hear you. I am so tired of seeing the one about “no matter how slow you go,you are lapping everyone on the couch”.
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  3. KymberlyFunFit July 25, 2014 at 8:23 am #

    Thanks for commenting and confessing. You are at the no guilt blog fortunately!
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  4. Carol Cassara July 25, 2014 at 1:44 pm #

    Haaa…those were the best ones!
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  5. Kathy @ SMART Living July 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm #

    Hi Kimberly! I am VERY HAPPY to say that I don’t have any sports pet peeve sayings because I don’t hang out in gyms or with trainers who use those sayings–but I completely agree. Instead I prefer to find my own rhythm and walk and move in a way that is just right for me. ~Kathy
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  6. Maureen July 26, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Fried Green Tomatoes is one of my favorite movies of all time, so I love the Towanda reference!
    The quote I hate is the one about Beyonce having the same 24 hours in a day that we do. Yes, she does. But I am sure that she also has a personal trainer, a housekeeper, a maintenance person and possibly a nanny. So her 24 hours are much different than mine or yours {unless you also have all the help she does}. ;-)
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    • KymberlyFunFit July 28, 2014 at 8:57 am #

      Why yes, I do have a butler, chauffeur, cook, and housekeeper. Unfortunately they all look a lot like me. I wish they looked more like my sister.
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  7. Jody - Fit at 56 July 26, 2014 at 10:48 am #

    I too am guilty of these in my younger years & even in the 40’s when all was still good with this bod! ;)

    I also admit that I have learned a lot from my mistakes as well….

    I think younger folks can still push themselves if they are careful with form & take rest days…. many really give themselves too many excuses BUT it has to be done with care & knowledge of the body so as not to injure oneself.

    To be honest, some of the FF challenges to do so many reps of a certain exercise each day was not good IMHO.. :)
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  8. Lisa @ RunWiki July 27, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    Yes! Some of these really annoy me and are not motivating in any way.

    As someone who works with people who suffer from clinical depression, I find the quote, “Choose Happiness” mildly offensive. For someone who struggles with this aliment, seeing this quote makes things worse. They often wonder, “what is wrong with me… why can’t I choose happiness?” I am sure people who post this mean no offense, but there is a large number of people who find this annoying.
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  9. Jenni @ Fitzala July 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    I’m not a mid-life exerciser and I don’t like any of these! I strength train to keep myself strong and healthy, how I look isn’t the primary motivator.
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  10. samara barnard September 5, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    You can be stronger, even more stronger than ever, and you really don’t need to work very hard on body for that. All you need is a skilled personal trainer who can make you workout according to your strengths. you need not to devote yourself to body crunching practice. Adopt some lighter exercise to be fit.
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  11. Tori Green @NLF October 9, 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    I totally agree. You hit something there. Even if you are not in your mid-life, fitness should be more about achieving good health. Not just being sexy or good-looking.

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