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103 Motivational Health Quotes

by: Sarah Appleby
Published: February 13, 2018
Updated: June 23, 2022

As health coaches, our role is to inspire and motivate our clients toward healthy behaviors.

A powerful motivational quote can have a huge impact on someone, especially when they’re feeling low. And sharing inspirational ideas across social media, for instance, is a great way to connect with people, and gain followers and clients.

In today’s post, we’ve put together a list of 103 inspiring health, nutrition and fitness quotes that are guaranteed to lift your clients and fans when they need it most.

9 Nutrition Quotes

  1. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
  2. “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas Edison
  3. “You can’t weigh, measure or proportion your way out of sh*tty food.” – Robb Wolf.
  4. “Your stomach shouldn’t be a waste basket.” – Dori Friedberg
  5. “We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons.” – Alfred E. Newman
  6. “True healthcare reform starts in your kitchen, not in Washington” – Anonymous
  7. “Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn’t recognize as food.. stay away from these” – Michael Pollan
  8. “Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.” – Mike Adams
  9. “Everyone would be healthier if they didn’t eat junk food.” – Robert Atkins

13 Paleo/Primal Quotes

  1. “Our genetic makeup is still that of a Paleolithic hunter-gatherer, a species whose nutritional requirements are optimally adapted to wild meats, fruits and vegetables, not to cereal grains.” – Loren Cordain
  2. “Mostly, your success depends on how diligent you are in keeping dietary insulin levels low.” – Mark Sisson
  3. “Too much cortisol leaves you tired but wired.” – Robb Wolf
  4. “Our primal ancestors were likely stronger and healthier than we are today.” – Mark Sisson
  5. “The theory of evolution by cumulative natural selection is the only theory we know of that is in principle capable of explaining the existence of organized complexity.” – Richard Dawkins
  6. “The USDA’s food pyramid doesn’t even meet its own specifications of health.” – Robb Wolf
  7. “Live long and drop dead.” – Grok aka Mark Sisson
  8. “Give up grains and fried restaurant foods. Doing that alone gets you most of the way there.” – Mark Sisson
  9. “Think of Paleo as a template, not a rigid prescription. There’s no one size fits all approach.” – Chris Kresser
  10. “My favorite animal is steak.” – Fran Lebowitz
  11. “People are under the illusion this is a journey of perfection. It is not. Paleo is about changing our relationship with failure.” – Dean Dwyer
  12. “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin
  13. “It is not as if farming brought a great improvement in living standards either. A typical hunter-gatherer enjoyed a more varied diet and consumed more protein and calories than settled people, and took in five times as much vitamin C as the average person today.” – Bill Bryson

9 Weight Loss Quotes

  1. “Look good naked.” – Mark Sisson
  2. “Preparation and planning is key to success.” – Jen Sturm
  3. “If you are going to have a treat, enjoy every freakin’ bite. Look at it when you eat it. Eat slowly. Don’t unconsciously shovel it into your mouth. And don’t consider it “falling off the wagon.”” – Tara Grant
  4. “My doctor told me to stop having intimate dinners for four. Unless there were three other people.” – Orson Welles
  5. “Don’t let the scale define you. Be active, be healthy, be happy.” – Unknown
  6. “It’s going to be a journey. It’s not a sprint to get in shape.” – Kerri Walsh Jennings
  7. “Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.”- Phil McGraw
  8. “I have more energy to run after our four children. Weight loss and great skin were a bonus!” – Niecy Nash
  9. “If you’re totally sedentary and eat 2,500 calories a day, don’t instantly go to 1,200 calories and hours of aerobics – your weight loss will be sudden and violent, but also fleeting.” – Martha Beck

37 Health and Wellbeing Quotes

  1. “Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year.” – Franklin P. Adams
  2. “No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.” – Dianne Hales
  3. “Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well; and not today’s pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man.” – James H. West
  4. “Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” – Lin Yutang
  5. “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” Satchel Paige
  6. “A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time—pills or stairs.” – Joan Welsh
  7. “ Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness.“ – Edward Smith-Stanley
  8. “The groundwork of all happiness is health.” – Leigh Hunt
  9. “A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” – Spanish Proverb
  10. “He who has health, has hope. And he, who has hope, has everything.” – Arabian Proverb
  11. “There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace. You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” – Dr. Joyce Brothers
  12. “Debt creates stress, stress creates behaviors that don’t lead to happiness.” – Seth Godin
  13. “Every human being is the author of his or her own health or disease.” – Bhudda
  14. “Health is a relationship between you and your body.” – Terri Guillemets
  15. “The key to life is healthy boundaries.” – Linda Esposito
  16. “If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want.” – Elbert Hubbard
  17. “No day is so bad it can’t be fixed with a nap.” – Carrie Snow
  18. “Good ideas are not adopted automatically. They must be driven into practice with courageous patience.” – Hyman Rickover
  19. “Do the things that make you happier, smarter and healthier.” – Unknown
  20. “Most people work hard and spend their health trying to achieve wealth. Then they retire and spend their wealth trying to get back their health.” – Kevin Gianni
  21. “Every day is another chance to get stronger, to eat better, to live healthier, and to be the best version of you.” – Unknown
  22. “Create healthy habits, not restrictions.” – Unknown
  23. “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy and wise” – Benjamin Franklin
  24. “The greatest wealth is Health.” – Unknown
  25. “Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy” – Unknown
  26. “If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live?” – Unknown
  27. “Healthy is merely the slowest rate at which one can die.” – Unknown
  28. “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.” – B.K.S. Iyengar
  29. “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.” – Unknown
  30. “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” – Josh Billings
  31. “From the bitterness of disease man learns the sweetness of health.” – Catalan Proverb
  32. “Health and cheerfulness naturally beget each other.” – Joseph Addison
  33. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn
  34. “Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.” – Astrid Alauda
  35. “Health is not simply the absence of sickness.” – Hannah Green
  36. “My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass” – Leslie Grimutter
  37. “Health is a relationship between you and your body” – Terri Guillemets

31 Inspirational Quotes

  1. “Visions and dreams are achieved through taking small steps, delaying gratification, and using strategic thinking.” – Unknown
  2. “Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.” – T. Harv Eker
  3. “Happiness is neither virtue not pleasure not this thing not that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing.” – William Butler Yeats
  4. “Be courageous. It’s one of the only places left uncrowded.” – Anita Roddick
  5. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
  6. “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
  7. “Never give in. Never give in. Never give in.“ – Winston Churchill
  8. “Trust that still, small voice that says, ‘This might work and I’ll try it.’” – Diane Marie Child
  9. “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” – William H Murray
  10. “When you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
  11. “No life ever grows great until it is focused, dedicated, disciplined.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick
  12. “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” – Unknown
  13. “Harriet never minded admitting she didn’t know something. So what, she thought, I could always learn.” – Louise Fitzhugh
  14. “Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.” – Will Rogers
  15. “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement.” – Henry Ford
  16. “Sometimes in life you meet people that inspire you, sometimes in life you meet people you want to inspire. And sometimes you just want to $!@&ing stab yourself.” – Jamie Oliver
  17. “Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.” – Elizabeth Harrison
  18. “Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing still.” – Chinese Proverb
  19. “This is your choice and you can choose to make it happen if you really want it; it’s all up to you!” – Sarah Fragoso
  20. “Perfection is impossible. However striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can under the conditions that exist. That is what counts.” – John Wooden
  21. “Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” – Unknown
  22. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act but a habit.” – Aristotle
  23. “The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” – Tommy Lasorda
  24. “If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” – Thomas Jefferson
  25. “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” – Muhammad Ali
  26. “When you feel like quitting, think about why you started.” – Unknown
  27. “Just believe in yourself. Even if you don’t pretend that you do and, and some point, you will.” – Venus Williams
  28. “Strive for progress, not perfection.” – Unknown
  29. “All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou
  30. “We cannot start over. But we can begin now and make a new ending. – Zig Ziglar
  31. “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!'” – Audrey Hepburn

13 Fitness Quotes

  1. “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
  2. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
  3. “Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” – Thomas Jefferson
  4. “No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.” – Unknown
  5. “Sweat is fat crying.” – Unknown
  6. “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – Wayne Gretzky
  7. “You’re only one workout away from a good mood.” – Unknown
  8. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” – Unknown
  10. “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan
  11. “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” – Mahatma Gandhi
  12. “The difference between try and triumph is a little ‘umph’.” – Unknown
  13. “If you’re tired of starting over, stop giving up.” – Unknown

We hope this list of 103 inspiring health, nutrition and fitness quotes will help you keep your clients motivated and on track to becoming the happiest, healthiest version of themselves! 

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