Famous Quotes on Fitness and Well-Being

By Whitney Hopler, Communications Coordinator

Exercise is a fundamental practice to strengthen well-being. But working out can be challenging because it requires significant time and energy. Famous people have had a lot to say about the wellness benefits of exercising. Here are some quotes on fitness and well-being to motivate you to work out:

“A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement.” – Jess C. Scott

“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’ve always believed fitness is an entry point to help you build that happier, healthier life. When your health is strong, you’re capable of taking risks. … You’ll feel more deserving of love.” – Jillian Michaels

“Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.” – Earl of Derby

“Exercise is amazing, from the inside out. I feel so alive and have more energy.” – Vanessa Hudgens

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

“It is remarkable how one’s wits are sharpened by physical exercise.” – Pliny the Younger

“Fitness is not about being better than someone else … It’s about being better than you used to be.” – Khloe Kardashian

“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.” – Rakul Preet Singh

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

“The desire of activity is designed by nature to promote our physical well-being. Physical activity is the law of physical health.” – Edward Brooks

“The mind is the most important part of achieving any fitness goal. Mental change always comes before physical change.” – Matt McGorry

“Breathing correctly is the key to better fitness, muscle strength, stamina and athletic endurance.” – Michael Yessis

“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

“Exercise is good for your mind, body, and soul.” – Susie Michelle Cortright

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

Walking is cheap, fun, safe and acceptable exercise.” – Annie Taylor

“I think exercise tests us in so many ways, our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes.” – Peggy Fleming

“Moderate exercise is indispensable; exercise till the mind feels delight in reposing from the fatigue.” – Socrates

“Wholesome exercise in the free air, under the wide sky, is the best medicine for body and spirit.” – Sarah Louise Arnold

“Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it.” – Alan Thicke

“Exercise is the chief source of improvement in our faculties.” – Hugh Blair

“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.” – Wilhelm von Humboldt

“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time: pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh

“People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that’s the problem.” – Chris Adams

“Working out makes me feel strong and energized every time. It’s my therapy for my mind and my body.” – Stacy Keibler

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

“If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.” – Joey Adams

“Fitness – if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body.” – Cher

“Working out is not a luxury; it’s a necessity.” – Marisa Miller

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” – Joseph Addison

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

“It’s challenging, but you have to at least try to eat right and exercise.” – Joely Fisher

“It is exercise alone that supports the spirit, and keeps the mind in vigor.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero

“I have two doctors: my left leg and my right.” – G.M. Trevelyan

“If you don’t do what’s best for your body, you’re the one who comes up on the short end.” – Julius Erving

“Most of us think we don’t have enough time to exercise. What a distorted paradigm! We don’t have time not to.” – Stephen Covey

“When it comes to eating right and exercising, there is no ‘I’ll start tomorrow.’ Tomorrow is disease.” – V.L. Allinear

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising.” – Dr. Kenneth Cooper

“Exercise should be regarded as a tribute to the heart.” – Gene Tunney

“Nothing lifts me out of a bad mood better than a hard work out on my treadmill. It never fails. Exercise is nothing short of a miracle.” – Cher

“Things seem to work out better all around when I’m working out.” – Terri Guillemets

“People say that losing weight is no walk in the park.  When I hear that I think, yeah, that’s the problem.” – Chris Adams

“People with fitness goals succeed because they know where they’re going.” – Felicity Lucky