September 2     

Today's quotation:

The Greeks understood that mind and body must develop in harmonious proportions to produce a creative intelligence.  And so did the most brilliant intelligence of our earliest days-- Thomas Jefferson-- when he said, not less than two hours a day should be devoted to exercise.  If the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence, was Secretary of State, and twice President, could give it two hours, our children can give it ten or fifteen minutes.

John F. Kennedy

Today's Meditation:

Oh, boy-- is this a hard one to convince some people of.  While we have tons of people who seem to be overdoing the exercise and spending hours a day at it, we have even more people who don't exercise at all, who aren't doing the bare minimum to keep their bodies healthy and functioning properly.  Of course, that's their business, but it's really difficult to lead a full and happy life without exercise as a part of it because of the fact that a lack of exercise leads the body to rebel against us, to gives us signs that things just aren't right.  Then we have to deal with the worry that comes with the pains and the discomfort.

I try to stay at a healthy weight and to exercise my body because it really is the only one I get.  I don't want to have something go out and stop working because I've neglected it.  By exercising, I strengthen my heart and lungs first and foremost-- I don't particularly care about what size my muscles are, as long as I'm strong enough to do the things I need to do.

And by maintaining my weight at a healthy level, I'm helping my body to avoid heart issues, circulatory issues, and breathing issues, as well as not putting extra stress on ankles, knees, hips, and other parts of my body that can be harmed by the stress of carrying extra weight.  Exercise has many long-term benefits that we don't necessarily notice while we exercise, so we may not be aware of them, or we may not see how today's exercise will help us tomorrow or next year.

A commitment to exercise, even something as simple as walking every day, is a commitment to being healthier.  Our bodies are a wonderful gift, and it's up to us to keep them in a condition that won't keep us from living our lives fully.  An unhealthy body can drag us into places of sickness and injury and discomfort where it may be virtually impossible to truly enjoy life and living, so it's important that we do our best to maintain our health.

Questions to consider:

Why is it so easy for so many people to avoid exercising at all?

What are some of the benefits that you see from exercising, even if the exercise is simple?

When might you be able to carve time out of your day for exercise?

For further thought:

Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits.  However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly quickly.

James Rippe

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