The Discipline of Physical Exercise

Now is a good opportunity for my entry in the spirit physical fitness, as we’re halfway through the London 2012 Summer Olympics. I thought of this section from my upcoming book, and decided to share it here.

People should adhere to a regimen of at least thirty minutes of painfully difficult physical exercise seven days a week. To the undisciplined, this may sound like too much, or even masochistic. But the true masochist is the person who fails to pursue the discipline of exercise.

Thirty minutes a day of focused and painfully difficult exercise immediately gives you more mental energy and more physical energy. It gives you deeper peace of mind, a more balanced flow of serotonin and other healthy brain chemicals, a stronger more focused mind, increased clarity and alertness, stronger heart, less chance of heart attack or stroke, stronger immune system, better circulation, reduced toxins, reduced likelihood of diabetes, reduced likelihood of cancer, better and deeper sleep every night (again boosting immunity), easier time waking up every morning, and less physical discomfort doing everyday activities. You will have a happier, stronger, sharper mind as well as a healthier, stronger body in every way.

To recap, failing to follow the thirty-minute discipline of physical exercise, you have chosen to have more anxiety, more depression, less energy, a weaker less-focused mind, unbalanced brain-chemical flow, weaker heart, greater risk of heart attack and stroke, increased likelihood of cancer and diabetes, weaker immune system, less circulation, troubled sleep, a harder time getting out of bed every morning, and more physical discomfort during all of your waking hours doing everyday activities. Clearly, the undisciplined one is a self-destructive masochist.

So don’t be a masochist. Take the easy way out—by adhering to a strict thirty minutes of painfully difficult physical exercise seven days a week.

This entry is from my book
Potential of an Active Mind: How to Recapture the Magic of Everyday Life
© copyright Robert Rose-Coutré 2009, 2011, and 2012

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