Quotes about Health & Exercise

Motivational Quotes about Fitness and Physical Exercise

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“As I see it, every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.”

– Adelle Davis


“Training means not only our knowledge of the things which will build up the body, but also knowledge of the things which will tear down or injure the body.”

– Bruce Lee quote about Training and Exercise


“He had had much experience of physicians, and said ‘the only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d druther not’.”

– Mark TwainFollowing the Equator: A Journey Around the World


“It takes more than just a good looking body. You’ve got to have the heart and soul to go with it.”

– Epictetus


“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.”

– Lee Haney


“Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.”

– Lucius Annaeus Seneca


“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional, and mental states.”

 – Carol Welch


“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”

– Hippocrates


“The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmonious proportions to produce a creative intelligence. And so did the most brilliant intelligence of our earliest days – Thomas Jefferson – when he said, not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise. If the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was Secretary of State, and twice President, could give it two hours, our children can give it ten or fifteen minutes.”

– John F Kennedy, Address to the National Football Foundations, 5 Dec 1961


“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”

– Denis Waitley about Exercise


“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”

– Wilhelm von Humboldt


“Genes load the gun, but environment pulls the trigger.”

– Dr David Herber, Director, UCLA Center for Human Nutrition

Inspirational Quotes about Fitness and Exercise

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“It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.”

– Marcus Tullius Cicero


“It wasn’t until my late twenties that I learned that by working out I had given myself a great gift. I learned that nothing good comes without work and a certain amount of pain. When I finish a set that leaves me shaking, I know more about myself. When something gets bad, I know it can’t be as bad as that workout.”

–  Henry Rollins


“I think if you exercise, your state of mind – my state of mind – is usually more at ease, ready for more mental challenges. Once I get the physical stuff out of the way it always seems like I have more calmness and better self-esteem.”

– Stone Gossard


“I still need more healthy rest in order to work at my best. My health is the main capital I have and I want to administer it intelligently.”

– Ernest Hemingway


“Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.”

– John F. Kennedy about Fitness and Exercise


“Take care of your body with steadfast fidelity. The soul must see through these eyes alone, and if they are dim, the whole world is clouded.”

– Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe


“It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

– Socrates about Exercise


“It is amazing how much crisper the general experience of life becomes when your body is given a chance to develop a little strength.”

– Frank Duff on Exercise


“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.”

– Gene Tunney on Exercise


“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”

– Morihei Ueshiba


“Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


“Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”

– Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby (1826-93), British statesman. The Conduct of Life, address at Liverpool College, 20 Dec 1873.


“Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading. I will rather say more necessary because health is worth more than learning.”

– Thomas Jefferson


“A feeble body weakens the mind.”

– Jean-Jacques Rousseau


“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.

– Plato


“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.”

– Jim Rohn


“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.”

– Arnold Schwarzenegger


“Exercise is a journey, not a destination. It must be continued for the rest of your life. We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.”

– Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Cooper Institute.


“The athlete who is building muscles though weight training should be very sure to work adequately on speed and flexibility at the same time. In combat, without the prior attributes, a strong man will be like the bull with its colossal strength futilely pursuing the matador or like a low-geared truck chasing a rabbit.”

– Bruce Lee quote about Fitness and Exercise

Motivational Quotes about fitness and training

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“I did not enjoy the violence of boxing so much as the science of it. I was intrigued by how one moved one’s body to protect oneself, how one used a strategy both to attack and retreat, how one paced oneself over a match.”

– Nelson Mandela


 “Exercise ferments the humors, casts them into their proper channels, throws off redundancies, and helps nature in those secret distributions, without which the body cannot subsist in its vigor, nor the soul act with cheerfulness.”

– Joseph Addison


“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.”

– John F. Kennedy


“I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

– Bruce Lee quote about Training and Exercise

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