145 Physical Activity Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of physical activity quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about why physical activity is important.

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The Most Famous Physical Activity Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Exercise has the greatest power to determine how we live our lives. It reverses physical and cognitive decline and improves emotional health. — Peter Attia

Many exercise forms - aerobic, yoga, weights, walking and more - have been shown to benefit mood. — Andrew Weil

For me, exercise is more mental than physical. I crave it for my sanity. Not just the endorphins, but my energy, confidence, and relaxation are all motivated by it. — Jonathan Keltz

Exercise is really for the brain, not the body. It affects mood, vitality, alertness, and feelings of well-being. — John Ratey

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

Exercise is the most potent longevity 'drug.' It prolongs lifespan and preserves cognitive function. But exercising the wrong way can do harm. — Peter Attia

Exercise is not just about burning calories, it’s about creating a healthy environment in your body. — Rhonda Patrick

Adopting a new healthier lifestyle can involve changing diet to include more fresh fruit and vegetables as well as increasing levels of exercise. — Linford Christie

And I believe that the best buy in public health today must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet. — Julie Bishop

The rate of childhood obesity is just ridiculous. Anytime I can get involved with teaching them how to get physical exercise, I want to help in any way possible — Shannon Miller

Short Physical Activity Quotes

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  • Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking nor by outright purchase. — Joseph Pilates
  • I really don't think I need buns of steel. I'd be happy with buns of cinnamon. — Ellen DeGeneres
  • Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being — Plato
  • Diet and physical activity levels are believed to be a key factor in successful longevity. — Valter Longo
  • A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time: pills or stairs. — Joan Walsh Anglund
  • I've always been extremely physically active. — Danai Gurira
  • It is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor. — Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate. — Charles M. Schulz
  • My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit. — Phyllis Diller
  • I'm not going to be happy until every child in every school is physically active. — Richard Simmons

Physical Activity Image Quotes

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Physical activity quote by Plato

Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being — Plato

Physical activity quote by Joan Walsh Anglund

A man's health can be judged by which he takes two at a time: pills or stairs. — Joan Walsh Anglund

Physical activity quote Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the r
Everything is energy and that's all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

Being Physically Active Quotes

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I am up and about when I am ill, and in the most appalling weather. I am on horseback when other men would be flat out on their beds, complaining. We are made for action, and activity is the sovereign remedy for all physical ills. — Frederick the Great

I am interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos-especially activity that seems to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom... Rather than starting inside, I start outside and reach the mental through the physical. — Jim Morrison

...Enduring comprises a strong activity of the soul, namely, a vigorous grasping of and clinging to the good; and only from this stout-hearted activity can the strength to support the physical and spiritual suffering of injury and death be nourished. — Josef Pieper

Physical activity quote So plant your own gardens and decorate your soul instead of waiting for someone
So plant your own gardens and decorate your soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

Love is mistranslated into sex, because sex is not an expression of love. Sex is an expression of physical activity. It can be an expression of love between two people in love, but it's a carnal expression. — RZA

There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted. — Thomas De Quincey

The more physical the activity, the less the difficulties will be. The more the activity becomes intellectual and turns into motives which exercise a determining influence on the commander's will, the more the difficulties will increase. — Carl von Clausewitz

Physical activity quote Even if you can't physically see the result in front of you right now, every sin
Even if you can't physically see the result in front of you right now, every single effort you do is changing your body from the inside. Never get discouraged.

Not only does exercise keep the body young, but it also keeps the mind vital and promotes emotional well-being. The important thing is to start off slowly, find physical activities you enjoy, and do them regularly. — Deepak Chopra

This knowledge, the knowledge that the physical well-being of the citizen is an important foundation for all of the activities of the nation, is as old as Western civilization itself. — John F. Kennedy

The highest activities of consciousness have their origins in physical occurrences of the brain, just as the loveliest melodies are not too sublime to be expressed by notes. — W. Somerset Maugham

When you learn to love your physical body, every activity can become a ritual of gratitude where you fully express the joy to be alive! — Miguel Angel Ruiz

Physical Exercise Quotes

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The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. — John Stuart Mill

Karate is not a game. It is not a sport. It is not even a system of self-defense. Karate is half physical exercise and half spiritual. The karateist who has given the necessary years of exercise and meditation is a tranquil person. He is unafraid. He can even be calm in a burning building. — Mas Oyama

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. — Bob Filner

Physical activity quote The activity you're most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.
The activity you're most avoiding contains your biggest opportunity.

In times of life crisis, whether wild fires or smoldering stress, the first thing I do is go back to basics... am I eating right, am I getting enough sleep, am I getting some physical and mental exercise everyday. — Edward Albert

Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breath properly. Our very life depends on it. — Joseph Pilates

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men. — Martial

Physical activity quote The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positi
The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

The physical and mental impairments caused by one night of bad sleep dwarf those caused by an equivalent absence of food or exercise. — Matthew Walker

Exercise is remarkably beneficial for the brain. High fitness levels in midlife delayed dementia onset by 9.5 years in women. Larger brain volumes have also been linked to increased physical activity. Maintain youthful brain volume by embracing exercise. We can transform our brain health as we age. — Rhonda Patrick

Yes, flexibility of body and physical perfection for Yogasana is important. However more important is the state of your mind, Meditative mind. Your flexibility might be excellent but if your mind is not attentive, you are merely doing some physical exercise, not Yoga. — B.K.S. Iyengar

When we exercise, the brain structure changes to accommodate - especially in motor regions and areas that need more oxygen. Increased physical activity is associated with LARGER brain volumes and thicker cortical regions - which is linked to intelligence. — Rhonda Patrick

Physical Education Quotes

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Thought breeds thought; children familiar with great thoughts take as naturally to thinking for themselves as the well-nourished body takes to growing; and we must bear in mind that growth, physical, intellectual, moral, spiritual, is the sole end of education. — Charlotte Mason

I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something. — Richard P. Feynman

My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. — George Washington

Physical activity quote If you put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will sprea
If you put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus and you must go beyond them.

Just the actual physical ability to hold four instruments simultaneously and do some of the things that Vivien was able to do is mind blowing to any surgeon. He never went to medical school and he became one of the great teachers of medicine himself, people are just amazed. — Mary, Queen of Scots

When you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it. — Lord Kelvin

Anyone who stops learning is old — whether this happens at twenty or at eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young but becomes constantly more valuable — regardless of physical capacity. — Henry Ford

Physical activity quote Strength does not come from physical capacity, It comes from an indomitable will
Strength does not come from physical capacity, It comes from an indomitable will.

Premonitions, presentiments, the sensing of unseen presences and many allied experiences are due to the activity of the astral body and its reaction on the physical; their ever-increasing frequency is merely the result of its evolution among educated people. — Annie Besant

All the mathematical sciences are founded on relations between physical laws and laws of numbers. — James Clerk Maxwell

The object of basic education is the physical, intellectual and moral development of children through the medium of handicraft. — Mahatma Gandhi

Our youth should also be educated with music and physical education. — Aristotle

Physical Fitness Quotes

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Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young. — Joseph Pilates

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. — Joseph Pilates

If you want a happy and fulfilled life, you need to be physically, mentally, spiritually, and financially fit. More money will fix your financial problems only. — Jaspreet Singh

Physical activity quote Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.

It is not God, but people themselves who shorten their lives by not keeping physically fit. — Carl Linnaeus

As a longtime practitioner of yoga and a person who's been involved in physical fitness my whole life, I can tell you, yoga helps you achieve altered states of consciousness. It is not just stretching. — Joe Rogan

Take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. Self-care is essential for overall well-being. — Edward Barber

Physical activity quote No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is
No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

I like to push my body to the limits. — Jake Paul

No man has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training — Socrates

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go. — Anthony Bourdain

You must also give mental and physical fitness priority. — Jim Otto

Physical Health Quotes

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If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugliness. — Rodney Dangerfield

Your physical and mental health is determined by the state of your oral microbiome. What's good for your mouth, is good for the rest of your body. — Mark Burhenne

We need to give our mental health the same daily care we give our physical health. — Rangan Chatterjee

Physical activity quote Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.
Relativity applies to physics, not ethics.

I really want you to recognize that if you’re taking care of your physical and mental health, you can take on any challenge. — Jay Shetty

Our society needs to understand, respect, care about and offer help to children, provide a favorable environment for them, and oppose and prevent violations of their rights and damage to their physical or mental health. — Xi Jinping

For an artist to do creative work, he needs at once physical health and some physiomental ill health. He needs both serenity and gloom. — Yukio Mishima

Physical activity quote Everyday has 1440 minutes. Be active for 30!
Everyday has 1440 minutes. Be active for 30!

Addressing emotional health takes constant effort and daily practice, just like maintaining physical health. — Peter Attia

Lucid dreaming has considerable potential for promoting personal growth and self-development, enhancing self-confidence, improving mental and physical health, facilitating creative problem solving and helping you to progress on the path to self-mastery. — Stephen LaBerge

I was dubious about the effects of the Alexander Technique when I first went in to experience it, but I found out almost immediately that the benefits were total - both physically and mentally - and, happily, have also been long-lasting. — Joanne Woodward

If there is a single definition of healing it is to enter with mercy and awareness those pains, mental and physical, from which we have withdrawn in judgment and dismay. (48) — Stephen Levine

Exercise Health Quotes

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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 king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you've got a kingdom. — Jack LaLanne

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Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it. — Josh Billings

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

Exercise is the new probiotic. Aerobic exercise may be one of the most effective ways to promote gut health and help heal intestinal issues. Aerobic exercise increases butyrate-producing gut bacteria independent of diet. This reduces inflammation & promotes intestinal healing. — Rhonda Patrick

No matter what we eat, how much we exercise, how resilient our genes are, how skinny or young or wise we are—none of it will matter unless we’re breathing correctly. That’s what these researchers discovered. The missing pillar in health is breath. It all starts there. — James Nestor

Exercise, from a public health perspective, is an unmitigated failure. The world's longest-lived people live in environments that nudge them into more movement. They don't use power tools, they do their own yard work, they grow a garden. — Dan Buettner

Regularity in the hours of rising and retiring, perseverance in exercise, adaptation of dress to the variations of climate, simple and nutritious aliment, and temperance in all things are necessary branches of the regimen of health. — Lord Chesterfield

It's insane how much we focus on diet/exercise when what we should be focused on is sleep. We spend 33% of our time on earth sleeping. Make airway health your #1 priority. The other 66% of your life depends on it. — Mark Burhenne

We've always known that our bodies are capable of healing themselves under the right conditions: Diet and exercise improve our health. But there are also ancient genetic survival pathways in every living thing. — David Sinclair

Physical Training Quotes

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I have always adhered to two principles. The first one is to train hard and get in the best possible physical condition. The second is to forget all about the other fellow until you face him in the ring and the bell sounds for the fight. — Rocky Marciano

Woman's great mission is to train immature, weak and ignorant creatures to obey the laws of God; the physical, the intellectual, the social and the moral. — Catharine Beecher

No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training... what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. — Socrates

For me, winning isn't something that happens suddenly on the field when the whistle blows and the crowds roar. Winning is something that builds physically and mentally every day that you train and every night that you dream. — Emmitt Smith

My definition of a sport is that it's a physical activity that involves competition. Since bodybuilders certainly train and then compete, we are certainly a sport. — Arnold Schwarzenegger

Developing inner values is much like physical exercise. The more we train our abilities, the stronger they become. The difference is that, unlike the body, when it comes to training the mind, there is no limit to how far we can go. — Dalai Lama

We wanted to be in great shape, we wanted to be able to cope with zero gravity, we wanted to be able to cope with accelerations and decelerations and so on. So all of us trained so that we were probably in the best physical condition we had ever been in up until that point. — Alan Shepard

Physics is becoming so unbelievably complex that it is taking longer and longer to train a physicist. It is taking so long, in fact, to train a physicist to the place where he understands the nature of physical problems that he is already too old to solve them. — Eugene Wigner

I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game. It will take our people out-of-doors, fill them with oxygen, give them a larger physical stoicism. Tend to relieve us from being a nervous, dyspeptic set. Repair these losses, and be a blessing to us. — Walt Whitman

If a program of physical activity isn't designed to get you stronger or faster or better conditioned by producing a specific stress to which a specific desirable adaptation can occur, you don't get to call it training. It's just exercise. — Mark Rippetoe

Exercise And Fitness Quotes

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I'm not telling you it is going to be easy - I'm telling you it's going to be worth it. — Arthur L. Williams, Jr.

FOOD is the most widely abused anti-anxiety drug in America, and EXERCISE is the most potent yet underutilized antidepressant. — Bill Phillips

When a woman is fit and healthy, everything else falls into place. We are conditioned to put others first, that 'burnt chop syndrome' we observed in our mothers. It takes discipline to pay attention to our diets, to exercise, to leave time for refreshment of mind, body and spirit. — Quentin Bryce

Living a healthy lifestyle will only deprive you of poor health, lethargy, and fat. — Jill Johnson

Exercise is like an addiction. Once you're in it, you feel like your body needs it. — Elsa Pataky

The hardest thing about exercise is to start doing it. Once you are doing exercise regularly, the hardest thing is to stop it. — Erin Gray

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. — Elie Wiesel

I rest for 60 seconds between sets and for 2 minutes between exercises. I use forced sets, drop sets and negative reps for advanced techniques. — Martyn Ford

Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed. — Charles M. Schulz

Never give up what you want most for what you want today. — Neal A. Maxwell

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Breathing is so important with physical activity, then how much more important is it with psychological activity? — Kevin Gates

Ballet dancing is arduous, strenuous activity. Students are engaged in physical training that rivals the training Olympic athletes undergo. At the same time, they strive for physical perfection not for the prowess alone but as a way of achieving the means necessary to express the pure nature of their art. — George Balanchine

Further, although it makes sense for doctors and public health officials to categorize diseases based on whether they are caused by infections, malnutrition, tumors, and so on, an evolutionary perspective suggests that we should also look at the extent to which diseases are caused by evolutionary mismatches between the environmental conditions — Daniel Lieberman

One of the best ways to move naturally is by inconveniencing yourself: ditch the remote, the garage door opener, the leaf-blower; buy a bike, broom, rake, and snow shovel. — Dan Buettner

People who are making it to live in environments where they are regularly nudged into physical activity. — Dan Buettner

Human bodies are designed for regular physical activity. The sedentary nature of much of modern life probably plays a significant role in the epidemic incidence of depression today. Many studies show that depressed patients who stick to a regimen of aerobic exercise improve as much as those treated with medication. — Andrew Weil

I study and teach how and why the human body looks and functions the way it does. I have long been fascinated by the evolution of the human head but my main focus is currently on the evolution of human physical activity. I am especially interested in how evolutionary approaches to activities such as walking and running, as well as changes to our body’s environments such as wearing shoes and being physically inactive can help better prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases. To address these problems, I integrate experimental biomechanics and physiology in both the laboratory and the field with analyses of the human fossil record. — Daniel Lieberman

Men and women aged forty-five to seventy-nine who are physically active, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, do not smoke, and consume alcohol moderately have on average one-fourth the risk of death during a given year than people with unhealthy habits. — Daniel Lieberman

Among other things, neuroplasticity means that emotions such as happiness and compassion can be cultivated in much the same way that a person can learn through repetition to play golf and basketball or master a musical instrument, and that such practice changes the activity and physical aspects of specific brain areas. — Andrew Weil

Everyone's health declines with age. Wealth, on the other hand, tends to grow over the years as people save up more and more. But worsening health gradually constrains your enjoyment of that wealth as more and more physical activities become impossible to enjoy, no matter how much money you can afford to spend on them. — Bill Perkins

The average caloric intake in the USA: 3540 kcal/day. The average daily physical activity: less than 20 min. But there are people out there who believe oatmeal, fruits, vegetables, & polyunsaturated fats are what is making us sick. — Layne Norton

Before the day begins, you are not yet engaged in any physical activities. And it is only physically that you are constrained by the limits of time and place; mentally, there are no such boundaries. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson

I'm usually pretty lame when it comes to physical activity, but I'm like a Jedi on the badminton court. It's as if my body was built specifically for it - tall and lanky, with wrists like mousetraps. — Matthew Gray Gubler

What really matters for me is ... the more active role of the observer in quantum physics ... According to quantum physics the observer has indeed a new relation to the physical events around him in comparison with the classical observer, who is merely a spectator. — Wolfgang Pauli

In fact, several studies have shown that losing weight and exercising vigorously can sometimes actually reverse the disease diabetes, at least during its early stages. One extreme study placed eleven diabetics on a grueling ultra-low-calorie diet of just 600 calories per day for eight weeks. Six hundred calories is an extreme diet that would challenge most people it’s about two tuna fish sandwiches a day. After two months, however, these seriously food-deprived diabetics had lost an average of 13 kilograms 27 pounds, mostly visceral fat, their pancreases doubled how much insulin they could produce, and they recovered nearly normal levels of insulin sensitivity. Vigorous physical activity also has potent reversal effects by causing your body to produce hormones glucagon, cortisol, and others that cause your liver, muscle, and fat cells to release energy. These hormones temporarily block the action of insulin while you exercise, and then they increase the sensitivity of these cells to insulin for up to sixteen hours following each bout of exercise. — Daniel Lieberman

This drink has a magical power. It strengthens the weak, and revives those who have fainted. Those tired after work and physical activity can return their life forces by this drink much sooner than by nourishment. ... It works as a diuretic, an appetizer, an antitoxin. — Carl Linnaeus

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases. — Gro Harlem Brundtland

I came to see that man finds meaning in his existence only through the active demonstration of his human self, a cosmos comprising the entire constellation of life's factors: culture, civilization, tradition, history, ideals, facts, physical conditions, one's mental state, the ecology, and so on. — Pramoedya Ananta Toer

I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals. — Bonnie Blair

My experience as a school nurse taught me that we need to make a concerted effort, all of us, to increase physical fitness activity among our children and to encourage all Americans to adopt a healthier diet that includes fruits and vegetables, but there is more. — Lois Capps

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. — Calvin Coolidge

Low income is related to poorer housing, poorer diet, fewer social amenities, worse working conditions. (...) After adjustment for age, sex, race, smoking, alcohol consumption, sleep habits, leisure-time physical activity, chest pain, diabetes, or cancer, there was still an increase risk of 1.6 for those with inadequate incomes. — Michael Marmot

Movement, or physical activity, is thus an essential factor in intellectual growth, which depends upon the impressions received from outside. Through movement we come in contact with external reality, and it is through these contacts that we eventually acquire even abstract ideas. — Maria Montessori

No one in our society needs to be told that exercise is good for us. Whether you are overweight or have a chronic illness or are a slim couch potato, you've probably heard or read this dictum countless times throughout your life. But has anyone told you-indeed, guaranteed you-that regular physical activity will make you happier? I swear by it. — Sonja Lyubomirsky

A new educational system in which all children born shall have the same advantage of physical, industrial, mental and moral culture, and thus be equally prepared at maturity to enter upon active, responsible and useful lives. . . . In so doing, it strikes a fatal blow at . . . the most demoralizing of all monopolies. . . educational superiority. — Victoria Woodhull

As the strong man exults in his physical ability, delighting in such exercises as call his muscles into action, so glories the analyst in that moral activity which disentangles. — Edgar Allan Poe

The important thing is that while heroin and cocaine and tobacco and every drug and junk food cause dopamine release, there are healthier ways that you can put this into your life. And the three big ones are intimacy ... physical activity ... and the third thing is music. — Neal Barnard

CrossFit is all about constantly-varied, high-intensity movements. And to do these movements, you have to have a certified coach to take you through this - or any type of physical activity. — Bob Harper

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