Plato On Exercise

“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.” - Plato

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I’m going to give you some radical candor. 

At times it seems as though our society is transforming into a world of lazy slugs that barely want to lift a finger to do anything. 

With the advent of technology at every turn we seem to be automating and eliminating anything that requires physical effort and muscle. 

We as a society are much less active than those in ancient times. Kids and even many adults live in a virtual world of video games and TV binge watching. In some ways many are like the people in Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. 

What would people think of us now as we spend most of our days staring at a piece of glass powered by electricity and silicon chips?  For one, they would think is was some type of magic or sorcery. Better yet, they’d probably think we are mind numbed fools stuck in some type of trance desperate to be set free. 

Just imagine in Athens at the Academy 400 BC, Plato was bestowing the virtues of exercise and how it can help save and preserve our body while doing nothing can damage us. 

Still, you see schools today eliminate physical fitness from the curriculum in order to spend even more time in the classroom doing what we do too much of, sitting.

The human body itself is no different today than is was nearly 2400 years ago. The body thrives on physical activity and it’s vital for optimal health.  

As some say, sitting is the new smoking.  

Turn off the technology and tune into your body. You’ll be thankful you did.