Jan. 1 is not only the first day of the New Year, but it's also nationally recognized as the day of start-overs and try-betters. It’s a day reserved for all the procrastination you’ve accumulated over the year and saved up for this particularly designated year. However, the days and weeks leading up to the calendar marker are usually used for planning a New Year’s Resolution that, according to statistics, will most likely fail.

Throw on all of your shiny gear and welcome the New Year with an open mind, ready and willing to make mistakes and milestones. Instead of investing all of your hopes and dreams into one day starting line, set improvement dates throughout your calendar. Go beyond the basic gym membership by signing up for spin or Zumba class, or even your first 5k race. Jot down goals to mark certain points in the month, alongside these motivational fitness quotes to keep you on track all year round.

Motivational Mantras for 2015:

“Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” Muhammad Ali

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” –Carlos Castenada

“For me, exercise is more than just physical — it’s therapeutic.” –Michelle Obama

“We are what we repeatedly do.” –Aristotle

“What matters most is how well you walk through the fire.” –Charles Bukowski

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” –Buddha

“The best view comes after the hardest climb.” –Unknown

“Do the crazy thing. The hard-to-imagine-but-somehow-you-did thing. The brings-you-to-your-knees thing. The no-one-would-ever-do-it-that-way-thing. The safety-net-would-not-even-matter thing. The it-could-kill-you-but-not-trying-is-another-kind-of-death thing. The thing on your heart. Do it, and let them gasp right before they call it a thing of wonder.”–Ciona Rouse

“It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.” –Socrates

“Transformation isn’t a future event, it’s a present day activity.” –Jillian Michaels

“When you’re trying to motivate yourself, appreciate the fact that you’re even thinking about making a change. And as you move forward, allow yourself to be good enough.” –Alice Domar

“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” –Kevin Trudeau

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” –Nelson Mandela

“One reason that people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain.” –Rick Godwin

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” –C.S. Lewis