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“It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit.”
-Socrates on physical activity
This is quoted from a dialogue between Socrates and one of his disciples named Epigenes. Socrates notices Epigenes’ poor physical condition as a young man and basically asks him “do you even lift bro?” Epigenes responds with “Well, I’m not an athlete.” This sparks a philosophical rant about good/bad physical condition and how it affects competitors in Olympia, soldiers in war, labor ability, brain health, and overall health. He states, “even in the process of thinking, in which the use of the body seems to be reduced to a minimum, it is matter of common knowledge that grave mistakes may often be traced to bad health. And because the body is in a bad condition, loss of memory, depression, discontent, insanity often assail the mind so violently as to drive whatever knowledge it contains clean out of it.” He then goes on about how being in good physical condition will only benefit you and serve to produce effects opposite of what being in bad physical condition will produce. Moral of the story ??? You don’t have to be an athlete or soldier to chase the gains. You deserve to be the best version of yourself. For the intellectuals, being of great mental acuity does not excuse you from pursuing greater physical strength. Having both will serve as a great complement and enhance your mental health.
I’ve made great strides to better myself, but am nowhere near my limits, so I will continue to push to the highest peaks and enjoy the view once I reach the summit.
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