The Wisdom of Creating an Exercise Regime – Part 1

Exercise both Mind and Body to Achieve Total Self-Improvement

There are two levels of self-improvement one can pursue in life, these are:

  • improvement of mind
  • improvement of body

Some would say that the improvement of mind is the more important area to concentrate on, but I feel the body is also an important vehicle to keep as healthy as possible so that one can instigate, with ease, the promptings of the mind toward physical activity.

So there is no reason not to exercise both parts to achieve a more total improvement in your life, hence the following eloquent quote,

“The body is an instrument, the mind its function, the witness and reward of its operation.”

~ George Santayana

The Body Requires a Good and Moderate Amount of Fuel to Work Supremely

Despite exercise, one must also use common sense to either moderate, or better still, avoid the things that can do serious damage to the organism, such as:

  • high-fat diet
  • smoking
  • alcohol
  • drugs

To limit such things from entering your life and body, you must learn to raise your awareness so to avoid both developing these destructive habits and then becoming dependent on them.

If not, both mind and body cannot flourish to the best of their abilities, and instead, can ultimately end up damaging your quality of life in general.

Obvious things that the body requires to be in a healthy state are:

  • fruit
  • vegetables
  • wheats and grains
  • if not a vegetarian, a moderate amount of fish and lean meat (especially poultry such as chicken and turkey have less fat than other meats)
  • water
  • fruit juice
  • low-fat milk

“A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.”

~ John Locke

Get a body like Bruce Lee in Less the Time and Less the Cost…

…Well, maybe not exactly like Bruce, but as near as.  So now is not the time to neglect your body for only cerebral pursuits.

Although one must not get too attached to a body that must grow old, is susceptible to disease and will become nothing but dust one day, there is no reason not to look after it while we are still able so that we can enjoy life in relatively good health and vigour.

So I encourage you to improve your body through exercises of your own creation which can be done in the comfort of your own home.  No need  to go to a gym and spend hours and money killing yourselves.

Part two of this post will feature my own exercise plan that you can use to create your own daily regime that you can adapt to your life.

Update: Read part 2 of 2: ‘The Wisdom of Creating an Exercise Regime – Part 2’


  1. Fatima Da says:

    This is Awesome..I remember attending one of Tony Robbins seminars ..and like you have highlighted here it was not just all about the mind , but also the body…. needs that extra care and attention too..Thanks

  2. The quality of life is largely dependent upon a healthy and well-functioning body. Besides, physical activity, exercise, is so exhilarating and so much fun.

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    @ Fatima
    Thanks for the comment. You are quite right that we must aim to look after both mind and body, otherwise they will not be in a fit state to look after us in life.

    Two things that I think is more important in life than materialistic gain are: peace of mind and quality of life. To attain both treasures one must aim to improve both mind and body so they can be at the peak of their abilities. Only then can we hope to experience an existence of total paradise.