Exercise Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old exercise quotes, exercise sayings, and exercise proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.     

Joseph Addison

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

Gene Tunney

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

Wilhelm Von Humboldt

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

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body.     

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Exercise is labor without weariness.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.     

Jean Paul

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.     


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


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

Carol Welch

Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, cheerfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends.     

Thomas Jefferson

We do not stop exercising because we grow old - we grow old because we stop exercising.     

Kenneth Cooper

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

Physical activity is an excellent stress-buster and provides other health benefits as well. It also can improve your mood and self image.     

Jon Wickham

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.     

Adam Smith

Fitness: if it came in a bottle, everyone would be in good shape.     


People say that losing weight is no walk in the park. When I hear that I think, yeah, that s the problem.     

Chris Adams

Exercise and temperance can preserve something of our early strength even in old age.     


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

Edward Stanley

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.     


Great effort is required to arrest decay and restore vigor. One must exercise proper deliberation, plan carefully before making a move, and be alert in guarding against relapse following a renaissance.     


To be good, we must do good; and by doing good we take a sure means of being good, as the use and exercise of the muscles increase their power.     

Tryon Edwards

Working out is my biggest hobby. It's my Zen hour. I just zone out.     

Zac Efron

A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.     

Paul Dudley White

Research says getting regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to cope with stress.     

Chris Meno

Feed your fitness. Starve your mediocrity.     

Krystal Breakley

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


I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I'm doing.     

Marsha Doble

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

Marcus Tullius Cicero