Since being a female athlete can be challenging, having positive affirmations for female athletes can empower you to be your best.
Being a female athlete means working hard, training smart and overcoming obstacles to reach your goals. You also have to deal with stereotypes, discrimination and pressure from society and yourself.
That’s why it’s important to have a positive mindset and affirm your worth, abilities and potential.
In this post, we will share some of our favorite positive affirmations for female athletes that we’ve used not only for ourselves but the athletes we work with.
These can help you boost your confidence, motivation and performance both on and off the field.
Make these affirmations your own to boost your confidence, enhance your body image, motivation and embrace your inner power.
Read on to be inspired.
What are positive affirmations for female athletes?
Affirmations are positive statements that you repeat to yourself to reinforce your beliefs, values and goals.
They can help you change your negative thoughts, feelings and behaviors into positive ones. Positive affirmations also help you focus on the things that you can control, such as your attitude, effort and actions.
Affirmations can help you as an athlete in many ways
- Increase your self-esteem and self-confidence
- Reduce your stress and anxiety
- Improve your concentration and focus
- Enhance your motivation and determination
- Boost your performance and results
How to use positive affirmations for female athletes effectively
- Choose affirmations that are relevant, realistic and meaningful to you
- Repeat them daily, preferably in the morning and before a competition
- Say them out loud or write them down
- Visualize them as if they are already true
- Believe in them and act accordingly
Positive affirmations for female body image
As a female athlete, you may face some challenges when it comes to your body image. You may compare yourself to others, feel insecure about your appearance, or struggle with weight issues.
You may also face criticism or judgment from others who have unrealistic or biased expectations of how a female athlete should look like.
To overcome these challenges, you need to love and accept your body as it is. Additionally, appreciate its strength, beauty and uniqueness. And respect its needs and take care of it, celebrating its achievements and potential.
Female athletes for body image affirmations
- I love my body and all that it can do
- I love and appreciate my body for its strength and resilience
- I am proud of my athletic physique and how it reflects my hard work
- I accept my body as it is and embrace its diversity
- I am grateful for my health and vitality
- I nourish my body with healthy foods and fluids
- I treat my body with kindness and compassion
- I respect my body’s limits and signals
- I honor my body’s changes and challenges
- I embrace my uniqueness
- My body is a powerful instrument that allows me to achieve greatness in my sport
- I radiate confidence and beauty, both inside and out
- I am comfortable and confident in my own skin
Positive affirmations for female athletes for healthy eating
Healthy eating fuels your body with the right nutrients, calories and hydration to support your training, recovery and performance. You also need to avoid unhealthy foods that can harm your health, energy and mood.
To maintain a healthy eating habit, it’s important to have a positive relationship with food. This allows you to enjoy what you eat without guilt or fear and listen to your hunger and fullness cues. Therefore balancing your intake with your output.
Positive affirmations for healthy eating
- I eat for nourishment, not for punishment
- I enjoy eating a variety of foods that make me feel good
- I listen to my body’s needs and cravings
- I eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full
- I hydrate myself regularly with water and other fluids
- I avoid foods that drain my energy or mood
- I indulge in moderation without guilt or regret
- I trust my intuition when it comes to food choices
- I nourish my body with the right foods for optimal performance
- I make healthy food choices to support my athletic goals
- My body thrives on a balanced and nutritious diet
- I listen to my body’s hunger and fullness cues, eating mindfully
- Nutritious food is my fuel for success
Positive affirmations for fueling with carbs
Sometimes, you may face some challenges or barriers when it comes to fueling with carbs. Since you likely encounter myths, misinformation or stigma about carbs from diet culture or social media, there may be some guilt, fear or anxiety around eating carbs.
Having a positive mindset and affirming your choices can help you overcome the challenges of fueling with carbs. Carbs can benefit your health and performance in many ways.
They can provide you with energy, strength, satisfaction, and diversity. Listening to your body and its signals can help you balance your intake and output. Enjoying your food without judgment or restriction can help you nourish your body and soul.
Fueling with carbs can be part of your self-care and empowerment.
Positive affirmations for fueling with carbs
- I fuel my body with carbs because they give me energy and strength
- I choose carbs that make me feel good and satisfied
- I listen to my body’s needs and cravings for carbs
- I eat carbs without guilt or fear
- I appreciate the taste, texture, and aroma of carbs
- I celebrate the diversity and abundance of carbs
- I respect my body’s response to carbs
- I honor my carb intake as part of my self-care
Positive affirmations for building strength and muscle
Building strength and muscle improves your strength, power, speed, endurance or agility. It helps to prevent injuries and enhances your performance.
To build muscles effectively, you need to train consistently, progressively and intelligently, challenging your muscles with resistance, intensity and variety. Additionally you need to recover properly with rest, sleep and good nutrition.
Positive affirmations for female athletes building strength and muscles
- I am committed to my training and enjoy the process
- I challenge my muscles with different exercises and weights
- I increase my intensity and volume gradually and safely
- I rest and recover adequately between sessions
- I eat enough protein and carbs to support my muscle growth
- I see my muscles getting bigger, stronger and firmer
- I feel my muscles working and improving
- I celebrate my muscle gains and achievements
Positive affirmations for being powerful and strong
As a female athlete, you may face some obstacles that can make you feel powerless or weak. You may face doubts, fears, or failures. You may also face competition, pressure, or expectations.
To overcome these obstacles, you need to feel powerful and strong. With a strong mindset you can overcome your challenges and learn from your mistakes, competing with confidence and courage.
Therefore meeting your goals and exceeding your expectations.
Positive affirmations for being powerful and strong that you can use:
- I am a powerful and strong female athlete
- I stand up for myself and my rights
- I overcome my challenges and learn from my mistakes
- I compete with confidence and courage
- I meet my goals and exceed my expectations
- I inspire others with my actions and achievements
- I am not afraid to fail or succeed
- I am unstoppable
Quotes from female athletes to inspire you
Sometimes, you may need some extra inspiration from other female athletes who have been in your shoes. They have faced similar struggles, overcome similar obstacles and achieved similar successes.
Read their words for wisdom, advice and insights with the world.
- “Don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do or achieve.” – Danica Patrick, American race car driver
- “You have to believe in yourself when no one else does.” – Serena Williams, American tennis player
- “You have to be willing to accept the discomfort, the pain, the fear, whatever it is that you’re feeling in that moment, and just be there with it.” – Megan Rapinoe, American soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist
- “I think the biggest thing is just being yourself. I think especially in today’s day and age, there’s so much pressure to conform or to fit a certain mold. And I think the best thing you can do is just be yourself and be authentic.” – Sue Bird, American basketball player and five-time Olympic gold medalist
- “I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” – Mia Hamm, American soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist
We hope that this post has given you some positive affirmations for female athletes that can help you improve your mindset, attitude, and performance.
Remember that you are a capable, powerful, and strong female athlete who can achieve anything you set your mind to. You have a fire in your heart for something and it’s your goal in life to find it and keep it lit.
Steph Magill, MS, RD, CD, FAND has over 22 years of experience in public health and nutrition. As a performance registered dietitian nutritionist, Stephanie specializes in sports nutrition and provides simple and actionable information so that athletes can be well fueled for high performance on and off the field. Stephanie has a Master’s Degree in Nutrition and is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.