10 Quotes About Health That Will Motivate You To Take Better Care of Yourself

Health Quotes

While success, love, and happiness are all important and integral parts of life, it is not a stretch to say that one's health is the most important. Everything else pales in comparison.  We only have one body and one mind, so it's imperative that we make the time and effort to take care of both.

Here are ten quotes about health to get your wheels turning.

1. The more you eat, the less flavor; the less you eat, the more flavor. - Chinese Proverb

Like anything else in life, frequency trumps novelty.  What this means is, if we have too much of something, it becomes more and more difficult to actually appreciate it.  This proverb reflects on how food can fall into the same category; to truly be able to savor and enjoy your food, don't overdo it.

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

As mentioned earlier, without health, little else matters in life.  All of the riches and wealth the world has to offer, will become meaningless if one cannot enjoy them due to poor health. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a negative personal experience, or that of a loved one, to show us the importance of our health, which we so often take for granted.  But, living a happy, healthy life is the true meaning of wealth.

3. Attention to health is life's greatest hindrance. - Plato

While there are many interpretations of this quote, I feel it reflects the importance of living a good life and enjoying yourself. Those who are too guarded or cautious regarding their health will often hold themselves back from experiences which enhance life.  We must find a balance in order to find happiness.

4. Time and health are two precious assets that we don't recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted. - Denis Waitley

As the saying goes, "You don't know what you've got until it's gone." Too often this applies to our time and our health.  These are arguably the two most important assets in our lives, which we can't own, but can still benefit from.  Appreciation and recognition of what we have each day will eliminate the risk of wasting anything.  Gratitude breeds fulfillment, for this exact reason.

5. Health food may be good for the conscience but Oreos taste a hell of a lot better. - Robert Redford

While Robert Redford may not be a renowned health guru, it's safe to say that the man knows a thing or two about life. This quote reflects the importance of loosening your belt every now and then (no pun intended) and enjoying yourself, rather than always coloring within the lines.

We all deserve a cheat day every now and then, and taking one is nothing to feel guilty about.

6. Leave all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as readingI will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning. - Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson, while not around to witness the invention of the internet, seems to have a timeless sentiment which applies to today's life, as it did during his time. We can get so caught up with our computers these days (both for work and play), that we really have to make an effort to get up and be active.  Many studies have shown that sitting all day, truly does damage to our bodies; physical damage, which cannot be reversed by any amount of knowledge.

7. Eating crappy food isn't a reward; it's a punishment.Drew Carey

Drew Carey, the television host who went through a personal weight loss transformation of his own, gives us a different perspective on junk food.

Oftentimes, the things that taste the best are actually the worst for us.  We may see this type of food as a reward because of the taste, but abstaining from it for long enough will teach us a different lesson.  We feel and perform worse after eating it; thus lessening the actual cravings we feel.  No matter how "good" something tastes, it is in no way worth negatively impacting our health!

8. Laughter is important, not only because it makes us happy, it also has actual health benefits. And that's because laughter completely engages the body and releases the mind.  It connects us to others, and that in itself has a healing effect. - Marlo Thomas

Scientifically speaking, the simple act of smiling changes your physiology and puts you in a better mood.  This means that even faking a smile when you are feeling down, can actually make you feel better.  Laughter, on an even higher level, is the best medicine; as they say.

9. 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

I've heard stories of people well into their senior citizen years who began running marathons, even though they had never run before.  The human body, when kept active, can do incredible things.  Many of us see a long road ahead when it comes to improving health or losing weight, and therefore never take the first step.  But, every journey in life begins in that exact way.  Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself; and it is never too late to begin!

10. I truly believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you. - Joyce Meyer

The people who love you, would choose to have you around over any gift or inheritance you could give them.  Your presence in their life is what means the most, and extending that presence for as long as possible starts with maintaining your health.  If not for yourself, do it for those who love you.

We spend our lives surrounded by fast food restaurants and drive-thru's.  We are so busy these days that it's easier to order takeout instead of cooking; stopping at McDonald's for "breakfast," instead of making something at home, or even worse, we don't stop to think about it at all!

Our health affects all areas of our life. It affects how we perform physically and emotionally. It affects our mood. It affects our lifespan and overall well-being.  Too often, we take our bodies for granted.  But, on the bright side, we can always choose to change our patterns with a just a little effort. Toss out the sugary snacks, pledge to cook more and order out less, and set aside time every day for physical activity.

Don't fall into the trap of trying to fix a sickness after it has occurred.  Instead, be proactive and prevent it from happening in the first place.

As a result, you'll look better, feel better, and do better. You can do this!

About the author:  Brian Carroll is the CEO of Pivot Insurance and holds CLU & CPCU designations. He has been part of the life insurance industry for over 30 years. He is also an avid runner and has participated in many athletic endurance events. Brian established the anonymous life insurance quote process here at Pivot and takes pride in the caring and professional staff. You can reach Brian at 1-800-651-1953 or BCarroll@pivot.com.