There’s an old Victorian saying along the lines of ‘Fit in Body, Fit in Mind’.
Like a lot of old sayings there are multiple origins and versions of the wisdom that can be found throughout the world. Actually, the opening sentence is a bit misleading in that regard. I associate the phrase as ‘Victorian’. That’s how my young brain was ‘conditioned’ in the culture I was raised in.
Perhaps its better put as the ancient Greek proverb which translates as ‘A sound mind is in a sound body’. The people that gave us the Olympic Games knew a thing or two about it!
There is a huge amount of information available on the different approaches to Diet and Exercise as well as spiritual and mindfulness regimes. I don't believe it's essential to proscribe one or other of the approaches. Except to say that to achieve the growth that you desire, you will need to address your physical and mental wellbeing as if one project.
We all have various levels of physical ability and many people face challenges that may inhibit some forms of exercise. It’s not about competing in the Olympics or becoming an enlightened spiritual Guru to thousands – unless of course, that is your goal in which case, a fair wind.
What it is about is to encompass the concept that you will be greatly aided in your personal growth by daily actions that keep you relatively physically fit and by practices that focus your mind in ways that benefit you and all around you.
Whatever works for you on the physical fitness scale, in tune with your ability and any challenges that you may face needs to be part of your daily routine. As part of your time management project. It would seem to make a lot of common sense.
Also make the time for some form of meditation. There are as many ways to mediate as there are people in the world. The physical and the meditative can coincide. Some people are in a meditative place when they run or swim or walk. I definitely use my time running for that purpose. I am not sure I would run otherwise! For others it is that 20 mins in the morning before others in the household rise or late at night. Whatever option works for you, but it needs to be a routine.
A word of caution. There are so many good books and other forms of information out there that you can spend nearly all the time studying and less time doing. Maybe that’s a good thing for some people, but it may not allow you sufficient time to achieve your goals! That’s why I decided to write a short book. (A Short Guide To Fundamental Change) as a challenge to offer something covering many elements but that can be read in a sitting if needs be.
You Are What You Eat. We've all come across this saying. But, when it comes to our productivity, it’s pretty accurate. Intelligent food choices are key. The brain relies on glucose as its primary fuel, according to numerous studies on glucose enhancement of human memory. Increases in circulating blood glucose can facilitate cognitive functioning.
A Report by the Harvard Business School stated that certain foods like pasta, bread, cereal and soda, "release their glucose quickly, leading to a burst of energy followed by a slump." High fat meals, however, "(think cheeseburgers and BLTs) provide more sustained energy, but require our digestive system to work harder, reducing oxygen levels in the brain and making us groggy." The type of food we eat impacts our cognitive performance.
Replace that junk food with options like kale, blueberries, fish, walnuts, and green tea if you want to give your cognitive functions a boost.
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