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4 Unlikely Ways to Find Fitness Inspiration

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Finding fitness motivation can be hard!  Today sharing some inspiring ways to get you off the couch and out the door running, including the inspirational movie GREATER.

4 Unlikely Ways to Find Fitness Inspiration - inspirational movie

Hi everyone!

I sometimes get asked by friends and family how I stay motivated to run and workout.  I know that starting and staying with fitness and/or running is a very challenging task for many of us.  I am personally driven by how good running and working out makes me feel.  It’s hard, but my overall physical and mental health and happiness is profoundly better when I do it, so I stay at it.  The difference is very black and white for me.

With that said there are days I’m more motivated than others.  I’ve been known to fall into ruts where I half way do the same workout without changing up my routine.  I also have days where the couch seems pretty darn appealing!  Don’t worry– I am totally with you this one.

In the end though, I know my life is better with fitness so I do it…. and I hope you will too!  To help you out, I thought I’d share a few of the unlikely places I pull fitness inspiration from often!


4 Unlikely Places to Find Fitness Inspiration

Inspirational Movie

I am a sucker for a good sports movie!  Whether it’s watching Spirit of the Marathon or Rocky again, movies are such a great source of fitness inspiration.

With my recent flare up of plantar fasciitis, my motivation has been waning lately.  Injuries can be frustrating to say the least!  So I was thrilled when I was offered the opportunity to watch a new sports movie that had inspirational movie written all over it!  I got a sneak peak that I watched during a thunderstorm at the beach this weekend.

GREATER Movie viewing 2

GREATER focuses on always pursuing what you want to do with perseverance, dedication, and faith.

GREATER Movie viewing

 It showcases the real life story of an Arkansas walk-on football player, Brandon Burlsworth.  He was told he wasn’t good enough to play Division I ball, but he didn’t give up. 

GREATER the movie trailer - inspirational movie

He wasn’t naturally gifted, but put more work and determination into the process than any of his teammates and becomes the most respected player in the history of the program.  He was so successful that he was also called the greatest walk-on story in college football history.



GREATER the movie trailer - inspirational movie

The movie takes some pretty deep twists and turns and I don’t want to give it all away… but here’s a little sneak peak….

If you are looking for some inspiration of any kind, GREATER is a great place to start.  It shows that with faith in God you can do anything.  It also gave me just the motivation I needed to get in a good workout.

GREATER Movie viewing 3

It opens in theaters this Friday, August 26th.  You can of course check your local listings for time and locations.



Another great source of fitness inspiration is blogs!  I hope of course, that you find some fabulous inspiration on my site, but there are hundreds to hit up after Running in a Skirt.  Whether they share their personal fitness story, posts like this one or workouts blogs are a great way to connect and surround yourself with people who have similar goals and interests.

Here are 10 inspirational fitness related blogs I read:

These are just a few of the hundreds of wonderful blogs out there.  I great place to find more is in the comments section of my blog and others like mine.



Instagram is a great place to find fitness inspiration!  Follow popular fitness hashtags for a little boost.

Popular ones I’ve used are#FitFluential, #running, #runninglifeinspiration, #endurestrong, #nopainnogain, #healthyliving, or #runlikeagirl!


Your Own Story

Perhaps one of the best places for fitness inspiration is to pull on your previous experiences.  As long as you aren’t a fresh newbie, you should have some fitness moments that you are proud of.  It can be as simple as the time you came back to working out after being sick.  Remember how hard that was?  But you did it and you felt awesome once you worked through the hard stuff.

My personal story I draw on is my Chicago Marathon experience.

Chicago Marathon 2012-51

Like Brandon Burlsworth in the GREATER movie, I was never naturally athletic or gifted, but I worked my rear off to finish the marathon.  I wasn’t the fastest runner there, but I tried hard and most of all I enjoyed the experience.

Chicago Marathon 2012-20

Running the Chicago Marathon proves to me that dreams come true through hard work and dedication.  It also shows me that I can do hard things, which is a valuable lesson to  have your back pocket in hard times.  Just like the in the movie GREATER having faith and hope in big goals is always worth it.


I hope these ideas help you find a little extra fitness inspiration the next time you need it!  Make sure to check out the GREATER movie starting Friday.  I really enjoyed it and totally had the warm a fuzzies after it was over.  There’s not many movies you can say that about these days!  You can also follow GREATER on Facebook or Instagram for movie updates.


Thanks for stopping by today!  See you tomorrow for a simple Triple Berry Layered Smoothie!

I’m linking this post with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

Where do you find fitness inspiration?

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:57-04:00 August 22nd, 2016|Fitness, Healthy Living Tips, Motivation/ Inspiration|73 Comments


  1. Chau September 16, 2016 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Awesome movie! Thanks for sharing this film, Julie. This inspirational movie is exactly what I need right now as I will participate in a local marathon the next 2 weeks! More motivation to get my lazy ass out of bed every morning and practice. After watching this film , I feel a great sense of motivation within me, I will try my best in this competition just like you.

    • JulieWunder September 18, 2016 at 7:03 pm - Reply

      Haha! I hope you enjoy the movie. Best of luck with your marathon.

  2. Andy Atari August 28, 2016 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    I love following fitness blogs like yours. They’re a great source of inspiration and new ideas for when I’m starting to get bored with my workouts or meals and want to spice things up a bit. πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely look up the blogs you shared.

  3. Mardene Carr August 24, 2016 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    Believe me, these days I need inspiration more than ever. It used to be so easy but ever since I migrated to the USA is like it is so hard to find that inspiration…SIGH

  4. Rachel August 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    Love those blogs you listed! Some of my favorites. Thanks for linking up today!

  5. Annmarie August 24, 2016 at 4:17 pm - Reply

    YES! These are all amazing sources of inspiration! Following fellow runners on IG and reading their blogs really does motivate me on a regular basis!

  6. Nicole @ Fitful Focus August 24, 2016 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    I’m a sucker for a good sports movie! I’ll keep my eye out for Greater! And thanks so much for including my blog in your list! You make me blush πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  7. Jen @ Pretty Little Grub August 24, 2016 at 9:23 am - Reply

    I love a good sports movie they are definitely inspiring.

  8. jill conyers August 24, 2016 at 4:51 am - Reply

    I need to see this movie. I was inspired by something Jim Carey said. That was so unlikely!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Now I’d like to know what that is! Thanks Jill!

  9. Cassandra @ Powered By BLING August 23, 2016 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see this! I love good underdog conquers their goals movies. They just give you so much inspiration and motivation.

  10. Allyson August 23, 2016 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Love your blog list! I like reading inspirational stories.

  11. Dan Steadman August 23, 2016 at 8:56 am - Reply

    as odd as it sounds, other people’s stories…while recovering from a stress fracture, I found motivation in the wrestler HHH 2002 comeback from a torn quad….watching the video of his comeback is inspiring…

  12. glenneth August 23, 2016 at 5:30 am - Reply

    fitness blogs and instagram are my largest sources of inspiration! so many fabulous people sharing what they do! that movie sounds great! adding it to my must see list.

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm - Reply

      Yes! So many amazing ones out there, like yours too!! Hope you enjoy the movie.

  13. Christina Bauer August 22, 2016 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    Great tips! I always get the “you’re so motivated” when people find out about my running or vegetarianism, etc. It’s really just about choices and perseverance. And never giving up!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      yes! I feel like it gets to the point that it’s just your life and what you do! That’s where I am!

  14. Sarah- A Whisk and Two Wands August 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to check out the movie and I love so many of the inspirational blog suggestions!!

  15. Karen G. August 22, 2016 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    I love a good sports movie for inspiration! (“Prefontaine” on Netflix got me through part of an 18 mile treadmill run once). πŸ˜‰
    I’ll have to check this one out, thanks for sharing!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm - Reply

      Ohhhh that’s another good one! Movies on the treadmill help so much if you’ve got to do it!

  16. Chrissy @ Snacking in Sneakers August 22, 2016 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to check out this movie! I love feel good inspirational stories. As far as fitness inspiration, I get it from a lot of the same sources you mentioned – movies, books, other blogs, friends, etc.

  17. Sarah Grace Spann August 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    I love the movie GREATER πŸ™‚ Definitely am a big believer in Philippians 4:13 πŸ™‚

  18. Ange // Cowgirl Runs August 22, 2016 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Watching the Olympics has definitely motivated me!

  19. Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run August 22, 2016 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    I LOVED the movie Spirit of the Marathon! I seriously wanted to get up and sprint out of that movie theater at the end! Thanks for the other inspirational movie recommendations! I will have to check them out πŸ˜‰

  20. Taylor Kiser August 22, 2016 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    Great list of ways to find inspiration! Sounds like a must-see movie!

  21. [email protected] August 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Such an inspirational post. Reminds me to get up and get moving!

  22. Chelley @ A is For Adelaide August 22, 2016 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    I LOVE IG for fitspo! Between challenge groups and staying active on social media to see what others are doing, I am always ready for a workout. Movies, though… that’s my favorite way. Always so nostalgic for my good ol days and hope to share that passion with my kids!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      I agree! Nothing like a good movie. Hope you had a good week.

  23. William Sweeney August 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Love the idea of using a movie for inspiration!!! I know Instagram is one of my wife’s favorite places to see what other women are doing.

  24. [email protected] August 22, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Sometimes I have a hard time feeling motivated too to run. Especially in this heat this summer. Reading fitness blogs helps me too.Will have to look up some of the ones you suggested. I also like to read running relates books.

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! You have to get up and out the door pretty quick these days.

  25. Mikki August 22, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Aw. What a great post. I received some PR for Greater too and I’m sad to say I haven’t had a chance to watch it. UGH. It sounds awesome!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

      I hope you get a chance! I’m sure you’ll love it!

  26. Carmy August 22, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    I read a bunch of blogs on your list! They’re the best πŸ™‚

  27. jen August 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

    thanks for the shout out! πŸ™‚

  28. kerri August 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I love a good inspirational movie! I think looking back at your own story and how far you have come can be so inspiring as well. I am a huge fan of being your own cheerleader!

  29. abbey August 22, 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    love it! im always looking for new inspiration in the gym! it can get tiring to do the same thing all the time.

  30. Nellwyn August 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Great advice! I’m always in need of more fitness inspiration since I go through some seriously lazy phases.

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:08 pm - Reply

      It’s happens to everyone! Thanks for stopping by today.

  31. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free August 22, 2016 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I totally agree that movies can actually be great fitness inspiration! Heck, after watching the Olympics each night I was more motivated for the gym the next day!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:07 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! I kept practicing my swimmers warm up! πŸ™‚

  32. Mary Beth Jackson August 22, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    That looks like my kind of movie! I will look out for it! Keep inspiring ?

  33. Blane Sherer August 22, 2016 at 11:12 am - Reply

    I enjoy the way you share your own experiences
    in your ” helpful blogs “. I trust you enjoyed your
    birthday beach weekend. I enjoyed my birthday
    weekend last weekend with some friends here
    on Saturday and then with my family at my folks
    on Sunday.

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much! Happy Birthday to you too. Glad you had a good time.

  34. Emily August 22, 2016 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Wow, you’re an inspiration Julie with the way you shared your story; I was never athletic either and yet here I am somedays lifting weights and running? It’s AMAZING how God can use the most unusual stories to show His glory and grace; I love sports stories that are so soaked in faith and hope.

  35. I know my son would love that movie so we will look out for it. Thanks so much I am so touched that you included me in your inspirational list. I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you so much. Inspiration is everywhere you just have to be open to it.

  36. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 22, 2016 at 8:54 am - Reply

    Instagram is always a great place to find inspiration. Trouble is, there is too much on there and I end up following way too many people!

  37. heather @Lunging Through Life August 22, 2016 at 6:53 am - Reply

    Aww you are so sweet. Thanks for including me! I hope you’ve had a great weekend. That movie looks awesome. I’ve been on a lack of movie kick but I bet that changes in the fall and winter when it’s darker earlier and I just curl up on the couch, haha. I definitely agree blogs are where I find motivation, and Instagram for sure!

    • JulieWunder August 27, 2016 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Oh I know! There is something about it staying light later that keeps me going! I hope you enjoy the movie.

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