“Give about two of them [hours] every day to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong.” – Thomas Jefferson
I came upon this quote a couple days ago on the back of a friend’s shirt. Thomas Jefferson, a founding father and a leading intellectual, clearly saw the value and importance of fitness coexisting with the pursuit of knowledge. Yet today, I come across many young adults that are willing to sacrifice this vital development for an extra 30-60 minutes of studying.
It’s not an “either/or” decision. It’s an “and” decision. Learning to balance priorities and manage time are skills that we need to practice at an early age in order to employ them at later stages of life. Not only that, activity creates a focus that transcends just the sport and is transferred to other areas of importance – education, work, hobbies, etc. With summertime here, take advantage of the extra light by walking, riding, hiking, anything that exercises the body. The mind will follow and the habits will continue to benefit daily life.