Exercise and humor

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She's ninety-seven now, and we don't know where the heck she is.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

 Yesterday, I made a second attempt at getting some exercise, and I actually succeeded. This took some determination on my part as it involved a) getting ready to go to the gym, b)driving to the gym only to find out that it was the wrong location than the one I wanted to get to, c) discovering the myriad of ways that gyms can complicate your life and take your money when all you want to do is to get a workout, and d) having a heated discussion with a gym manager who insisted on speaking to me like I would have a hard time understanding what he was saying if he didn't say it slowly. 

After all of this, I still managed to get a workout. It wasn't much, considering the fact that I had spent almost an hour and a half motivating myself to get to the gym, and then getting a workout talking to someone who must have had some dumbbells thrown at his head a few times. (sorry, that was mean but it was really frustrating.) I stretched for a bit and then ran for a mile or so - yes that is a major leap for my otherwise sedentary body :D 

The point is, I endured the obstacles just to run a mile. And it felt great!

Here are some gems I found while trying to insert an appropriate quote for this blog entry:

“Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche 
(I don't know about this one unless I put it to the test.)

“I ran three miles, staggered into the lobby, and took the elevator back to my apartment. No point to overdoing this exercise junk. --Stephanie Plum”
― Janet Evanovich, Two for the Dough 

“I take my only exercise acting as a pallbearer at the funerals of my friends who exercise regularly.”
― Mark Twain 
(Love this one!)

“I believe that every human has a finite amount of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine running around doing exercises.”
― Neil Armstrong 

“A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks.”
― Thomas Jefferson 
(Who am I to argue with Jefferson?)

“If there really is such a thing as turning in one's grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise.”
― George Orwell 

And my favorite one:

“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
― Robert Maynard Hutchins 

Hope you all had a good laugh. Hey, that counts as exercise! 


  1. Love it! Those are some good quotes! Do you just google search exercise quotes or how do you find such gems? My motivating exercise quote goes something like: "I never regret it when I do, and I ALWAYS regret it when I don't"....gives me the kick in the pants I need to put in my Jillian Michaels DVD :)

    1. Thanks, Jessie! I got these quotes from goodreads.com. You can go to the website and type in popular quotes, and then you can search any topic. They have some great quotes there! I like your motivating motto, and I have some Jillian Michaels DVDs too - maybe I will follow your method and see what happens :) I love the kiddos - they are so adorable. Hope you guys are doing well!

  2. I have been sooo bad at exercising lately! Ugh! Kudos to you for making the effort!

    1. Well, you have at least one really good reason ;) I, on the other hand, have NO reason not to work out!


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