How to Think About Exercise, Paperback
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It can often seem as though existence is split in two: body and mind, flesh and spirit, moving and thinking.

In the office or at study we are 'mind workers', with superfluous bodies.

In the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle.

Damon Young challenges this idea, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds as one.

Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness.

By exercising intelligently, we are committing to wholeness: enjoying and enhancing our full humanity. One in the new series of books from The School of Life, launched January 2014: How to Age by Anne Karpf How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James How to Be Alone by Sara Maitland How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton How to Think About Exercise by Damon Young How to Connect with Nature by Tristan Gooley


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular philosophy
  • ISBN: 9780230767768



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Exercise... there's a dirty word! It is impossible to stand in line at the grocery store and not see some magazine cover promising to help lose inches and pounds without lifting a finger in exercise; or maybe promise 14 days of repetitive motion will whittle a few inches off your bum.<br/><br/>So when I saw the title of this book it made me stop and want to see what there was to think about in exercise. When I finished the book, it didn't take long. it's only 160 pages long. I was kind of overwhelmed with all the heavy duty philosophical discussion and references to ancient arts. The book bogged down a lot with deep discussions that seem to make their point early and then went on and on.<br/><br/>But there were many statements that made me think about my life and my exercise routines. <br/><br/>My personal exercise interests are walking and yoga so the chapters on those areas stood out for me.<br/>Any time you read a self-help book and come away having "seen the light", finding ways to improve the quality of your life, then the author has been successful.<br/>

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