Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin expression meaning “A sound mind in a sound body”. It reveals close relationship between physical exercise and mental equilibrium. Healthy – both physically and mentally – individuals are much more effective and enjoy life more. Physically or mentally harassed ones are deprived of optimism, positive attitude and happiness.
Skeptics may say there are millions of those who are not physically fit or even handicapped – and yet are able to live their lives to the fullest.
While this may be true, both strong body and mind are essential to fulfill our potential and achieve self-realization.
A man can be rich money-wise, yet poor and miserable inside. A president may be the brightest man in his country, yet without good health he can’t serve his countrymen as he wishes.
The connection between body and mind is a dialectical one.
On the one hand, those who exercise regularly and have strong and trained bodies feel more self-confident, optimistic, energetic and joyful. They go and on despite obstacles on the way. They never give up. They feel life is a wonderful journey and want to enjoy it to the fullest.
On the other hand, if you cultivate a peaceful and positive state of mind, your body starts to react accordingly. The blood pressure stabilizes, stress goes down, digestion improves. In other words, by getting a healthier mind you get a healthier body too. This does not mean, of course, that physical exercises are not necessary.
In contrast, those who have lack of physical motion or tend to be in low spirits get negative physical symptoms too, and sometimes even diseases. They keep on complaining and grumbling, and life seems a misunderstanding or a series of misfortunes. Their bodies react accordingly with fatigue and stress levels rising, blood pressure destabilizing and immunity dropping.
So mother Nature is very wise. It always gives us a choice to either be healthy or sick. The amount of energy we spend on achieving either state is the same.
Live long, live healthy!