Posts Tagged ‘exercising’

Reading, exercising, and life

October 30, 2017

I sometimes read some words and pronounce “I read it” even if I didn’t fully understand what I read. Sadly, the goal is to get through the words, with some minimal understanding. The goal is not to thoroughly understand it.

I sometimes do an exercise and pronounce “I did it” even if I didn’t fully feel the movement and the muscles that were used. Sadly, the goal is to get through the exercise, with some minimal sensory feeling. The goal is not to thoroughly feel the movement and the muscles.

The years are passing by quickly. I wonder if, unconsciously, my goal is to get through life, with some minimal awareness. I hope not.

Mindless exercising, mindless reading … how did I go astray for so long?

June 29, 2014

I wish that someone had told me this long ago:

The purpose of exercising is not to complete a certain number of repetitions or lift a greater amount of weight. The purpose is to establish a mind-body connection and stimulate muscle growth and strength.

The purpose of reading is not to reach the end of the book as quickly as possible. The purpose is to learn and grow and incorporate the book’s ideas into one’s own knowledge.

How did I go astray for so long? Am I alone in going astray?