Is a Healthy Body a Healthy Mind?

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*Grace Jones, a great body and a great mind

There is a notion that having the perfect body will give you happiness, joy, sexiness, strength, love and attention; a healthy body results in healthy mind. The act of going to the gym every day, swimming, dancing, yoga etc creates some kind of structure in your life, a dedication and discipline to ensure that you maintain a certain physique. Some may say that this is also emulated in your thoughts; you begin to look at food as a pleasure and not a vice to overcome nervousness, heart ache, boredom etc.  Part & parcel of a healthy body = a healthy mind.

If you are not lucky enough to have a high metabolism, athletic genes, you will slowly become immersed in the seriousness of the gym world. Sweaty bodies all around, the rush of adrenaline, when you hit that treadmill, weights, cycling, and that funny machine when you lie down on your stomach and pull weights with your legs. When the adrenaline wears off, and you look around the gym, you begin to realise that there is a narcissistic energy. Everyone pumping as much iron as possible to protrude their biceps, pounding on the treadmill so your waist is just that little bit smaller. We are all guilty of this act at least at one stage in our lives and it is not a bad thing at all! It is not a bad thing to enjoy going to the gym and working out but when it begins to isolate you from the rest of your social circles and your pursuit of a healthy body endangers your healthy mind……………stop…..and relax!

There is no such thing as the perfect body, we only say this to ourselves to justify our obsession of going to the gym and counting calories. How many of you have a friend who always bangs on about the amount of calories in food when you’re out for dinner? How many of you have a friend that fails to attend socials because they’re always at the gym?

I think it is important to be healthy but not at the cost of your happiness.

Going to the gym, can be very lonely, for some,  it’s just; you, your music and the treadmill; a blessing and a curse within itself.

Exercise is about feeling good to your personal satisfaction. Do not draw inspiration from the ‘perfect bodies’ of celebrities, it’s all an illusion, a trick of the mind.

 

I am not a writer, just a blabber, a girl that asks many questions but never knows how to collate the answers. Just a normal girl with nothing more to say, than words that mean nothing but say something.

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