"After I had Malia, I began to prioritize exercise because I realized that my happiness is tied to how I feel about myself. I want my girls to see a mother who takes care of herself, even if that means I have to get up at 4:30 so I can do a workout."
- Michelle Obama, in Oprah.com interview titled Oprah Talks to Michelle Obama
"I am a dancer who lives for movement of any kind. It raises my energy, happiness, relaxation, you name it. The act of moving or challenging my body changes my mind state completely."
"A person who doesn't breathe deeply reduces the life of his body. If he doesn't move freely, he restricts the life of his body. If he doesn't feel fully, he narrows the life of his body. And if his self-expression is constricted, he limits the life of his body."
"When [Andy] Pierce catches big waves [surfing], he's reaching his high aspirations. The joy he feels when he's doing what he loves is his why. For him, the feeling if being in the water, chasing the big swells, is absolutely worth overcoming his fear."
"I move because it is exhilarating! I feel alive, strong, capable and energized. It brings me into the present moment and connects me back to myself and others."
"As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate out lives."
"I move as I was an overweight child who was teased and made fun of. I did not like all the remarks and they took away my self-esteem. In my early 20's I began to lose weight by watching what I ate. The weight came off and I felt better about myself. I began to incorporate movement (i.e., physical activity) into my daily life and felt emotionally and physically better for it. I will never run a marathon but I know I have to keep moving to maintain good health."