If you're starting the year with the goal of a more healthy lifestyle, you're not alone.
Eating healthier and getting more exercise are consistently the top goals made by people who have resolutions for the year.
As the saying goes, “Health is wealth,” and being in good health improves your happiness levels, relationships, and overall well-being.
However, with an almost 75% rate of failure for people who set out to get healthy after the ball drops, you will benefit from some extra motivation.
People love to read inspirational health quotes because they can rekindle motivation and commitment with just a few words. Health quotes are small jewels of wisdom concentrated into a few sentences that can help pick you up on those days when you want to quit.
Keeping a motivational healthy quote in your mind, posted on your bathroom mirror, or taped to the fridge when you are struggling to get off the couch and go to the gym will help you stay on track with your goal.
Here is a list of some of the most inspiring quotes on health to help you meet your health goals.
Make note of any quotes that stand out to you and keep them where you can reference them on a regular basis.
54 Inspiring Healthy Quotes That Will Motivate You
Mental Health Quotes
“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, and more unashamed conversation.” ― Glenn Close
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” ― Noam Shpancer, PhD
“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ― William Londen
“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” ― Anthony Robbins
“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
“Through the vehicle of our emotions, our mind, body, and spirit are sending signals that something has to shift.”― Randy Taran
“To keep the body in good health is a duty, for otherwise we shall not be able to trim the lamp of wisdom, and keep our mind strong and clear. Water surrounds the lotus flower, but does not wet its petals.” ― Buddha
“Mental health needs a great deal of attention. It’s the final taboo and it needs to be faced and dealt with.” ― Adam Ant
“If we start being honest about our pain, our anger, and our shortcomings instead of pretending they don’t exist, then maybe we’ll leave the world a better place than we found it.” ― Russell Wilson
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.” ― Abraham Maslow
“You are not your illness. You have an individual story to tell. You have a name, a history, a personality. Staying yourself is part of the battle.” ― Julian Seifte
“Wellness encompasses a healthy body, a sound mind, and a tranquil spirit. Enjoy the journey as you strive for wellness.” ― Laurette Gagnon Beaulieu
“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” ― Fred Rogers
“It doesn’t have to take over your life, it doesn’t have to define you as a person, it’s just important that you ask for help. It’s not a sign of weakness.” — Demi Lovato
“The acknowledgment of having suffered evil is the greatest step forward in mental health.” ― Stefan Molyneux
“Living with anxiety, turning up, and doing stuff with anxiety takes a strength most people will never know.”― Matt Haig
“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”― Steve Maraboli
Short Health Quotes
“The greatest wealth is health.” ― Virgil
“Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live.” ― Jim Rohn
“Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.” ― Josh Billings
“The best and most efficient pharmacy is within your own system.” ― Robert C. Peale
“A healthy outside starts from the inside.” ― Robert Urich
“Nurturing yourself is not selfish – it’s essential to your survival and your well-being.” ― Renee Peterson Trudeau
“A fit, healthy body – that is the best fashion statement” ― Jess C Scott
“When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy.” ― Chinese Proverb
“Healthy citizens are the greatest asset any country can have.” ― Winston S. Churchill
“Each patient carries his own doctor inside him.” ― Norman Cousins
“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.” ― Tony Robbins
“Eat healthily, sleep well, breathe deeply, move harmoniously.” ― Jean-Pierre Barral
“Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners.” ― William Shakespeare
“Most people have no idea how good their body is designed to feel.” ― Kevin Trudeau
“Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of year.” ― Franklin P. Adams
“Easy comes, Easy goes is particularly true in the case of health.” ― Amar Chandel
“Happiness is the highest form of health.” ― Dalai Lama
Inspirational Health Quotes
“Your health is what you make of it. Everything you do and think either adds to the vitality, energy and spirit you possess or takes away from it.” ― Ann Wigmore
“He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.” ― Arabian proverb
“Take care of your mind, your body will thank you. Take care of your body, your mind will thank you.” ― Debbie Hampton
“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
“Looking after my health today gives me a better hope for tomorrow.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
“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
“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools.” ― Spanish Proverb
“If you don't do what's best for your body, you're the one who comes up on the short end.” ― Julius Erving
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” ― Hippocrates
“Poor health is not caused by something you don’t have; it’s caused by disturbing something that you already have. Healthy is not something that you need to get, it’s something you have already if you don’t disturb it.” ― Dean Ornish
“Your body holds deep wisdom. Trust in it. Learn from it. Nourish it. Watch your life transform and be healthy.” ― Bella Bleue
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” ― Buddha
“Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.” ― Denis Waitley
“The ingredients of health and long life, are great temperance, open air, easy labor, and little care.” ― Philip Sidney
“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
“Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.” ― George Bernard Shaw
“The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.” ― P. T. Barnum
“Wellness is the complete integration of body, mind, and spirit – the realization that everything we do, think, feel, and believe has an effect on our state of well-being.” ― Greg Anderson
“Our body is a machine for living. It is organized for that, it is its nature. Let life go on in it unhindered and let it defend itself, it will do more than if you paralyze it by encumbering it with remedies.” ― Leo Tolstoy
“The longer I live, the less confidence I have in drugs, and the greater is my confidence in the regulation and administration of diet and regimen.” ― John Redman Coxe
Positive Health Quotes
“Health is the soul that animates all the enjoyments of life, which fade and are tasteless without it.” ― Seneca
“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
“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
“Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef
“Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.” ― Joseph Addison
“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
“Keeping your body healthy is an expression of gratitude to the whole cosmos – the trees, the clouds, everything.” ― Thich Nhat Hanh
“The best six doctors anywhere and no one can deny it are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise and diet.” ― Wayne Fields
“No matter how much it gets abused, the body can restore balance. The first rule is to stop interfering with nature.” ― Deepak Chopra
“The winners in life treat their body as if it were a magnificent spacecraft that gives them the finest transportation and endurance for their lives.” ― Denis Waitley
“The food you eat can either be the safest & most powerful form of medicine…or the slowest form of poison.” ― Ann Wigmore
“When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.” ― Herophilus
“Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend.” ― Lao Tzu
“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” ― Deepak Chopra
“Those who think they have no time for healthy eating…will sooner or later have to find time for illness.” ― Edward Stanley
“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” ― World Health Organization
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Maintaining a proper level of health is your personal responsibility so take ownership of your body and educate yourself about your health and how your body functions so you can be your best self.
Which of these health quotes stood out for you the most? Which will be most helpful to you as you create your health action plan for the new year?
Every day presents you with new challenges and opportunities to support and improve your overall health — body, mind, and soul.
Every aspect of your personal health plan should serve the whole you, not isolated goals such as weight loss or muscle strength.
If you can, include someone who cares for your whole self in your decision-making. An outside perspective can help you set goals that truly serve your best interests.
It’s too easy to get stuck in the kind of thinking that pits unrealistic standards of beauty against your well-being and happiness. And you deserve better.