Most of us know what a healthy lifestyle looks like: a balanced diet of whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts and some form of complete protein; consistent exercise; stress-free activities with family and friends, etc. Actually achieving this, however, can be a serious struggle.
With our busy schedules, typically sedentary jobs and temptation around every corner, living a balanced lifestyle is hard. We're perpetually bombarded with advertisements for junk which appeal to our natural cravings for sweet, fat laden foods. We toil away in front of computer screens and zone-out in front of the TV, influencing perceptions of our self-worth and ultimately our mental health.
Thankfully, it seems we're trending towards a more health conscious society. Social media is overflowing with photos and articles on plant based diets, workout routines and outdoor activities. People are waking up to the power of health as more than just dieting. After all, a healthy lifestyle is not only self serving but great for the planet too.
Here are 10 of our favorite health quotes which will no doubt inspire you.
"Good health is not something we can buy. However, it can be an extremely valuable savings account." - Anne Wilson Schaef
"I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you." - Joyce Meyer
"Without health life is not life; it is only a state of languor and suffering - an image of death."- Buddha
"I find it a lot healthier for me to be someplace where I can go outside in my bare feet." - James Taylor
"Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits."- William Hazlitt
"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." - Albert Schweitzer
"Use your health, even to the point of wearing it out. That is what it is for. Spend all you have before you die; do not outlive yourself." - George Bernard Shaw
"Money doesn't mean anything to me. I've made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important." - Keanu Reeves
"I did not become a vegetarian for my health, I did it for the health of the chickens." - Isaac Bashevis Singer
"You cannot achieve environmental security and human development without addressing the basic issues of health and nutrition."- Gro Harlem Brundtland