Health and fitness news and quotes
Health and fitness news and quotes

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

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

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

The human body is the best picture of the human soul.
Ludwig Wittgenstein

Exercise should be regarded as tribute to the heart.
Gene Tunney

In health there is freedom. Health is the first of all liberties.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very fast.
Thomas Jefferson

The most widely accepted definition of health is that of the World Health Organization Constitution. It states: “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization, 1946). In more recent years, this statement has been amplified to include the ability to lead a “socially and economically productive life”.
In its most general meaning, physical fitness is a general state of good physical health. A physically handicapped person’s body may be physically fit (healthy), though its ability is likely to be less than optimum. Physical fitness is usually a result of regular physical activity and proper nutrition. Physical fitness can be divided into different areas, including: Flexibility, Cardio-respiratory endurance, and Strength.
The government Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans say to aim for at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of aerobic activity that requires moderate effort each week.

Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano. It is a Latin phrase, usually translated as “a healthy mind in a healthy body”. The phrase is widely used in sporting and educational contexts to express the theory that physical exercise is an important or essential part of mental and psychological well-being.

In original Latin:

orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano.
fortem posce animum mortis terrore carentem,
qui spatium vitae extremum inter munera ponat
naturae, qui ferre queat quoscumque labores,
nesciat irasci, cupiat nihil et potiores
Herculis aerumnas credat saevosque labores
et venere et cenis et pluma Sardanapalli.
monstro quod ipse tibi possis dare; semita certe
tranquillae per virtutem patet unica vitae.

Roman poet Juvenal (10.356-64)

English translation:

You should pray for a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Ask for a stout heart that has no fear of death,
and deems length of days the least of Nature’s gifts
that can endure any kind of toil,
that knows neither wrath nor desire and thinks
the woes and hard labors of Hercules better than
the loves and banquets and downy cushions of Sardanapalus.
What I commend to you, you can give to yourself;
For assuredly, the only road to a life of peace is virtue.

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 only weights I lift are my dogs.
Olivia Newton-John

The first wealth is health.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

A life coach does for the rest of your life what a personal trainer does for your health and fitness.
Elaine MacDonald

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.
Thomas Carlyle

In terms of fitness and battling through cancer, exercise helps you stay strong physically and mentally.
Grete Waitz

It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.
Mahatma Gandhi

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.
Marv Levy

I have long recognized a link between fitness and mental health and I think we need to encourage young people to take part in sports and team activities because we know it has such positive results.
Tipper Gore

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

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Buddha

Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking nor outright purchase.
Joseph Pilates

If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.
Anonymous

Age is no barrier. It’s a limitation you put on your mind.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot become manifest, strength cannot be exerted, wealth is useless, and reason is powerless.
Herophiles

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