We all know that exercise will help with weight loss. If you exercise regularly this will help you keep pounds off and stay fit and trim. However, exercise helps the body in many more ways than just looking great on the outside. It helps the body perform well on the inside too. Exercise is great for the whole body, mind and soul. You may think that sounds strange, but it is true. When you add a regimen of exercise, into your daily routine, your mind and thoughts will become more stimulated. You will be able to have clearer thoughts and become more calm. A few famous quotes on the subject of fitness that inspire me include the following:
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” – Hippocrates
“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus; and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee
In a recent article that I read on the website: WebMD entitled: The Benefits of Exercise Go Way Beyond the Muscles the authors raised some very good points on why everyone should fight to make exercise a part of the daily routine. It was a mind awakening perspective about other benefits of exercise to the body and how it impacts blood sugar. A professor at Kansas University Medical Center, John Thyfault, PhD made a startling observation at a conference on Diabetes. Hardly anyone took the stairs at this conference even though there was a big focus for the 18,000 attendees to create awareness on how everyone could “Stop Diabetes”.
According to Dr. John Thyfault- “We were meant to exercise quite a bit every day to survive, and now we’ve taken it away, and we’re actually causing dysfunction.” He goes on to say: “Exercise and physical activity is not something that you just do extra in your life to get extra healthy. Rather, it’s something that’s absolutely necessary for normal function.”
I find these sentiments by Dr. Thyfault as mind awakening and very relevant to each and everyone of us today. The mind and body go hand in hand. We have to think about how everything that we do impacts our life. Exercise and eating healthy are intertwined and some of the building blocks to having a successful life with energy and stamina.