[May 5, 2022] Strength. The value of human physical strength is universally accepted. We respect those who are stronger than us, especially those who can harness their strength to protect themselves and safeguard others. There is only one method to achieve physical prowess, and that is through proper diet and exercise.
There is no substitute, no magic pill, no diet, no alternative; to build your strength takes time and discipline. And while it is not easy building strength, it is something we can all do if we put our minds to it. We must overcome the most challenging realization that proper diet and exercise take time. That is why it should be included in your daily schedule. Exercise every day. There is no excuse; even when you do not feel well, there is always some exercise you can do to strengthen your muscles.
The notion that physical activity helps keep us healthy is very old. More than 1,500 years ago, Ancient Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about the dangers of too little activity (and too much food). We hear that exercise has many benefits. That is true. The proper exercise helps control weight, combats cardiovascular disease, improves mood, boosts energy, promotes better sleep, and puts a peep in your step.
What is crucial to understand is that our cognitive functions decline, starting at about age 25. There is a linear downward trend after that. Moderate exercise, both aerobic and anaerobic, combats that decline significantly. Those who have built a good foundation throughout their life with exercise and diet will perform better throughout their lifetime. It’s never too late to start. Begin with the most basic and add to that foundation daily.
We are, however, human and are by nature adverse to toil and trouble. And, we are prone to see exercise and proper diet as an unnecessary or potentially harmful behavior that is not worth the effort to undertake. At the very least, we view it as too hard, disruptive, and inconvenient. That viewpoint is mistaken. We have limited control over our physical and emotional health, and it is up to each of us – an obligation – to take heart in the proper maintenance of our personal health.
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