Nerd or athlete. Smart or strong. Mind or body. So many people talk as if you have to choose one or the other. Sure, chances are you’re always going to better at one or the other, but you only live once. Develop both!
It seems to me that some “nerds” choose to completely ignore their physical development, just as some “jocks” choose to completely ignore their intellectual development. Some nerds view their bodies as things to transport their heads around. They live in their heads, limiting themselves from an entire range of physical perception and experience that they sometimes seem to grudgingly envy, as if it has somehow been denied them. On the other hand, some jocks view their heads as merely things to control their bodies. They live in their bodies, without higher thought. Like animals, physical perception and experience is all that matters to them – intellectual pursuits rarely entire their mind. Like nerds, it seems they too sometimes grudgingly envy the abilities of their counterparts, the “nerds.”
Your mind and body are inseparably connected – one will not function without the other. If the ability of one is damaged, the other is damaged, and if the ability of one is improved, the other is improved. Exercise is not only healthy for your body, but also for your mind. It makes you think more quickly and clearly. Likewise, taking the time to hone your mental abilities certainly would not be a detriment when perusing physical activities. Rock climbing, for example, is as much a mind game as it a physical one. Thus, training your weak side to a certain degree – instead of not training it at all – may actually help with your strong side as well.Read More