You think you have trouble staying healthy. Try doing it in the public eye. We set out to find a few lighthearted sayings from people you know . . . sayings about how they maintain a more balanced life. Their wit & wisdom may help you see food and fitness with a less critical eye. Here are ten funny quotations, each with a healthy application.
“I want to keep fighting because it is the only thing that keeps me out of the hamburger joints. If I don't fight, I'll eat this planet.” – George Foreman
Keep boxing. Keep running. Stick to exercise that motivates you to stay away from high-calorie temptation.
“I have a two-story house and a bad memory, so I'm up and down those stairs all the time. That's my exercise.” – Betty White
You don't have to have a bad memory to choose the stairs. You can make small decisions all day long that build strength. Choose to stand rather than sit. Be aware of your posture. Get some fresh air. Purposely add energy to your day.
“Number one, like yourself. Number two, you have to eat healthy. And number three, you've got to squeeze your buns. That's my formula.” – Richard Simmons
All good tips, especially number one. If you don't like yourself before you begin to get healthy, your motivation will always have to come from the outside. Once you're okay with who you are inside, you have a healthy mindset for diet and exercise.
“I know I have to run 20 more minutes if I eat ice cream. Basically, I eat everything, but I just do more training.” – Jackie Chan
Simple math. Expend more calories than you take in. Period.
“A lot of parents ask me how to get kids to eat more vegetables. The first thing I say is that it starts from the top.” – Emeril Lagasse
Parents get the chance to model good behavior for their kids and break any unhealthy cycles passed onto them. You can help your kids prefer fresh food over processed food. Invest the extra time it takes to prepare good food, then make meals a social time they won't want to miss.
“I've got to keep breathing. It'll be my worst business mistake if I don't.” – Steve Martin
One of easiest ways to increase your energy level at work is to practice deep breathing throughout the day. Stop for a few moments to Inhale slowly then breathe out using your diaphragm. It'll clear your head, allowing you to focus.
“I always tell people I want to live to be 150 and they say why would you want to do that? I say, well there's a few people I haven't made mad yet. I want to get them.” – Mike Ditka
Like Mike, you need goals. And they don't have to be serious. Just motivating.
“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven Wright
Where can't you walk? And wouldn't it make exercise more enjoyable if you knew a friend was waiting at the end of your workout? Walk to a friend's house and share some of these quotes with them. You could both be inspired.
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.” – Mark Twain
Find a way to quit. You know you have to, for the sake of the ones you love and for everything you are meant to do on this earth. You're needed.
“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.” – W. C. Fields
Okay, it's not always that easy, but once you do get to sleep, rest well knowing it's the best fuel for the day ahead. Hopefully, these quotes will get you moving and considering healthier choices. And you can start with a smile.
Jason Bacchetta is a net entrepreneur and the founder of Quoto, where thousands of famous quotations exist. You can connect with him on Google+.