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

If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all. Joey Adams

Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men. Marcus Valerius Martialis

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I had fast in my heart’s keeping the new truth that in the body, and the instincts of the body, there should be no shame but rather a frank, joyous pride.  Arnold Bennett (1867–1931)

The integrity of the organism is indispensable to the manifestations of consciousness. Man thinks, invents, loves, suffers, admires, and prays with his brain and all his organs. Alexis Carrel, Man the Unknown, 1935

The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd. Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Our own physical body possesses a wisdom which we who inhabit the body lack. We give it orders which make no sense. Henry Miller

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead. Henry David Thoreau

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When this body has been so magnificently and artistically created by God, it is only fitting that we should maintain it in good health and harmony by the most excellent and artistic science of Yoga. Geeta Iyengar

Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured. B.K.S. Iyengar

The yoga mat is a good place to turn when talk therapy and antidepressants aren’t enough. Amy Weintraub

The yogi will tell you that you feel and look as young as your spine is elastic. Richard Hittleman

Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.  Bob Harper

You cannot do yoga. Yoga is your natural state. What you can do are yoga exercises, which may reveal to you where you are resisting your natural state. Sharon Gannon

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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

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

If I don’t feel confident about my body, I’m not going to sit at home and feel sorry for myself and not do something about it. It’s all about taking action and not being lazy. So you do the work, whether it’s fitness or whatever. It’s about getting up, motivating yourself and just doing it. Kim Kardashian

The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack, toughen the body, and polish the spirit. Morihei Ueshiba

A feeble body weakens the mind. Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Practice puts brains in your muscles. Sam Snead

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

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

I see exercise taking this perverted detour. The original intention of exercise was to heal and maintain health. Now I see it as having nothing to do with health. I see most exercises based on looking good. They actually make you less healthy. You overdevelop the obvious muscles. You take drugs to enhance that. You ignore the rest, and you become more out of balance. ~Bryan Kest

It is certain that, as in the body, when no labour or natural exercise is used, the spirits which want their due employment turn against the constitution and find work for themselves in a destructive way… Anthony Ashley Cooper, 1st earl of Shaftesbury

Fitness — if it came in a bottle, everybody would have a great body. Cher

There are really only two requirements when it comes to exercise.  One is that you do it.  The other is that you continue to do it. The New Glucose Revolution for Diabetes by Jennie Brand-Miller, Kaye Foster-Powell, Stephen Colagiuri, Alan W. Barclay

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Yoga is possible for anybody who really wants it. Yoga is universal…. But don’t approach yoga with a business mind looking for worldly gain. K. Pattabhi Jois

By embracing your mother wound as your yoga, you transform what has been a hindrance in your life into a teacher of the heart. Phillip Moffitt

Yoga is 99% practice and 1% theory. K. Pattabhi Jois

I would like for people to realize that yoga is not about touching your toes.  Gary Kraftsow

I like the physical part, but I’m also drawn to the spiritual. For me, yoga is not just a workout—it’s about working on yourself.  Mary Glover, “Health Profile: Yoga leaves aches and pains behind,” Arizona Republic, 2004 April 6

In our uniquely human capacity of connect movement with breath and spiritual meaning, yoga is born. Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa

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There is an Indian proverb or axiom that says that everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time but, unless we go into every room every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person. Rumer Godden, A House with Four Rooms

Blood is that fragile scarlet tree we carry within us. Osbert Sitwell

The word arse is as much god as the word face. It must be so, otherwise you cut off your god at the waist. D.H. Lawrence

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

Why should a man’s mind have been thrown into such close, sad, sensational, inexplicable relations with such a precarious object as his body? Thomas Hardy

How idiotic civilization is! Why be given a body if you have to keep it shut up in a case like a rare, rare fiddle? Katherine Mansfield, Bliss and Other Stories

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I like to embrace natural beauty. I try to get at least 8 hours of sleep, drinking a lot of water and exercising. Tia Mowry

Swimming is normal for me. I’m relaxed. I’m comfortable, and I know my surroundings. It’s my home. Michael Phelps

Bodybuilding is much like any other sport. To be successful, you must dedicate yourself 100% to your training, diet and mental approach. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Fitness needs to be perceived as fun and games or we subconsciously avoid it. Alan Thicke

Exercise is amazing, from the inside out. I feel so alive and have more energy. Vanessa Hudgens

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence, to live as if he were poor. William Temple

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I consider my refusal to go to the gym today as resistance training. Author Unknown

There is a necessity for a regulating discipline of exercise that, whilst evoking the human energies, will not suffer them to be wasted. Thomas de Quincey

The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck!  Author Unknown

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

A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time – pills or stairs. Joan Welsh

The word aerobics came about when the gym instructors got together and said, “If we’re going to charge $10 an hour, we can’t call it jumping up and down.” Rita Rudner

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A photographer gets people to pose for him. A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves. Terri Guillemets, 2002

I do yoga so that I can stay flexible enough to kick my own arse if necessary. Betsy Cañas Garmon

The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more. Liza Ciano

Yoga in Mayfair or Fifth Avenue, or in any other place which is on the telephone, is a spiritual fake. Carl Jung

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. Author Unknown

Vogue and Self are putting out the message of yoginis as buff and perfect. If you start doing yoga for those reasons, fine. Most people get beyond that and see that it’s much, much more.  Patricia Walden

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Scars are tattoos with better stories . From a Toyota advertisement in Sports Illustrated magazine, 2002 June 3rd

The human body is a machine which winds its own springs. Julien Offroy de la Mettrie, L’Homme Machine

Emotion always has its roots in the unconscious and manifests itself in the body. Irene Claremont de Castillejo

Man is the sole animal whose nudity offends his own companions, and the only one who, in his natural actions, withdraws and hides himself from his own kind.  Montaigne

The body is your temple. Keep it pure and clean for the soul to reside in. B.K.S. Iyengar, Yoga: The Path To Holistic Health

He felt it, he said, an honor to wash his face, being, as it was, the temple of the Spirit.. Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838 journal, about Jones Very

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In the midst of these hard times it is our good health and good sleep that are enjoyable. Knute Nelson

Women have fought so long and hard for our rights and equality, and now all our attention is put on being a size 0. Pink

Health is the thing that makes you feel that now is the best time of the year. Franklin Pierce Adams

Your body is the church where Nature asks to be reverenced. Marquis de Sade

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

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

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

A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise. A.A. Milne

When asked what gift he wanted for his birthday, the yogi replied: “I wish no gifts, only presence.” Author Unknown

While doing yoga we are more ourselves, and more than ourselves. Valerie Jeremijenko

What we feel and think and are is to a great extent determined by the state of our ductless glands and viscera. Aldous Huxley

The body is but a pair of pincers set over a bellows and a stew pan and the whole fixed upon stilts. Samuel Butler

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If a man achieves victory over this body, who in the world can exercise power over him? He who rules himself rules over the whole world. Vinoba Bhave

And I believe that the best buy in public health today must be a combination of regular physical exercise and a healthy diet. Julie Bishop

Tactics, fitness, stroke ability, adaptability, experience, and sportsmanship are all necessary for winning. Fred Perry

Flexibility is crucial to my fitness. Incorporating a good warm-up and cool-down into every session decreases my chances of injury. I use both dynamic and static stretching in my training. I’ve starting doing a few yoga sessions which incorporates muscle strength and flexibility. Samantha Stosur

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A year ago I had a back injury and followed a good nutrition program to help speed up my recovery. I focused on exercise and staying healthy in order to get back out on the ice. Sasha Cohen

Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. If makes it feel needed. Charles M. Schulz

It’s challenging, but you have to at least try to eat right and exercise. Joely Fisher

It’s very important to have the right clothing to exercise in. If you throw on an old T-shirt or sweats, it’s not inspiring for your workout. Cheryl Tiegs

Our growing softness, our increasing lack of physical fitness, is a menace to our security. John F. Kennedy

It’s not about weight, it’s about fitness, and one component of being fit is to have relatively low body fat, because fat is not very efficient, whereas muscle is. Deborah Bull

I don’t smoke, don’t drink much, and go to the gym five times a week. I live a healthy lifestyle and feel great. I can run a marathon, you know. Sarah Michelle Gellar