- Health is the vital principle of bliss,
- And exercise, of health.
JAMES THOMSON, The Castle of Indolence
I feel about exercise the same way that I feel about a few other things: that there is nothing wrong with it if it is done in private by consenting adults.
ANNA QUINDLEN, Living Out Loud
Walking is the very best exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Peter Carr, Aug. 19, 1785
To get back my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable.
OSCAR WILDE, The Picture of Dorian Gray
Exercise is the yuppie version of bulimia.
BARBARA EHRENREICH, The Worst Years of Our Lives
Back in my rummy days, I would tremble and shake for hours upon arising. It was the only exercise I got.
W.C. FIELDS, The Temperence Lecture
Dispositions of the mind, like limbs of the body, acquire strength by exercise.
THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Robert Skipwith, Aug. 3, 1771
Exercise is a pastime only for those who are already slender and physically fit. It just isn't so much fun when you have a marked tendency to wheeze and throw up, and a cannonball of a belly sloshing around inside the baggy garments.
CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, Vanity Fair, Oct. 2007
I've exercised with women so thin, buzzards followed them to their cars.
ERMA BOMBECK, Forever, Erma
Exercise raises body temperature and generates other forms of stress on cells throughout the body, causing them to increase their manufacture of certain heat shock proteins. Preliminary research suggests that these HSPs might contribute to the health benefits of exercise by mitigating damage inside cells and by alerting the immune system to boost overall immune responses.
PRAMOD K. SRIVASTAVA, Scientific American, Jul. 2008
I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT, speech, Apr. 10, 1899
My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven today, and we don't know where the hell she is.
ELLEN DEGENERES, attributed, Health and Humor
Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security.
JOHN F. KENNEDY, "The Soft America," Sport and Society: an Anthology
Let exercise alternate with rest.
PYTHAGORAS, attributed, Day's Collacon
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, journal, Apr. 20, 1840
You would be surprised what two hours of daily exercise and five hundred stomach crunches can do for you.
JUSTINA CHEN, North of Beautiful
I get my exercise running to the funerals of my friends who exercise.
BARRY GRAY, New York Magazine, May 19, 1980
The best cares or provisions for life and health, that are left us, consist in the discreet and temperate government of diet and exercise.
WILLIAM TEMPLE, "Of Health and Long Life"
I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.
MARSHA DOBLE, attributed, Quote Unquote
We should not exercise the body without the joint assistance of the mind; nor exercise the mind without the joint assistance of the body.
PLATO, attributed, Day's Collacon
- Better to hunt in fields, for health unbought,
- Than fee the doctor for a nauseous draught.
- The wise, for cure, on exercise depend;
- God never made his work for man to mend.
JOHN DRYDEN, Epistle to John Driden of Chesterton
Exercise has a direct brain connection, when you consider what it actually does. What we tend to overlook are the feedback loops that connect the brain to every cell in the body. Therefore when you throw a ball, run on a treadmill, or jog along the shore, billions of cells are "seeing" the outside world. The chemicals transmitted form the brain are acting the way sense organs do, making contact with the outside world and offering stimulation from that world. This is why the jump from being sedentary to doing a minimal amount of exercise - such as walking, light gardening, and climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator - is so healthy. Your cells want to be part of the world.
DEEPAK CHOPRA, Super Brain
Labor or 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, The Spectator, Jul. 12, 1711
The body when over-labored becomes heavy and jaded; but it is exercise alone that supports the spirits, and keeps the mind in vigor.
CICERO, attributed, Day's Collacon
Exercise is the chief source of improvement in all our faculties.
HUGH BLAIR, Lectures on Rhetoric and Belles Lettres
For, in the course of common life, a man must either often exercise, or fast, or take physic, or be sick; and the choice seems left to every one as he likes.
WILLIAM TEMPLE, "Of Health and Long Life"
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
EDWARD STANLEY, attributed, Quote Unquote
Yes, exercise is the catalyst. That's what makes everything happen: your digestion, your elimination, your sex life, your skin, hair, everything about you depends on circulation.
JACK LALANNE, attributed, Quotes, Wisdoms and Some Dumb Things
He who has a weak constitution becomes stronger by manual exercise than a robust man without it.
XENOPHON, attributed, Day's Collacon
Getting fit is all about mind over matter. I don't mind, so it doesn't matter.
ADAM HARGREAVES, Mr. Lazy's Guide to Fitness
If you would get exercise, go in search of the springs of life.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, "Walking"
You will never live to my age without you keep yourselves in breath with exercise, and in heart with joyfulness.
PHILIP SIDNEY, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.
A. A. MILNE, Winnie-the-Pooh
The American College of Sports Medicine found that the productivity of people after exercise was an average of 65 percent higher than those who did not exercise. If I have something that's really bothering me, so much that it almost hurts my head to try to sort it out, I always find the solution in a puddle of sweat! Intense exercise is like taking a magic pill that gives you the ability to solve problems like a superhero.
My idea of exercise is a good brisk sit.
PHYLLIS DILLER, attributed, Quote Unquote
Exercise till the mind feels delight in reposing from the fatigue.
SOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon