Stoicism and physical exercise – are these two areas linked more than we think? People invest time in both areas to be better humans overall. The research has outlined a strong link between physical exercise and a positive mental state, and this is familiar to many. Therefore this post is going to take a slight detour.
Stoicism has been defined as the following – “a philosophy designed to make us more resilient, happier, more virtuous and more wise–and as a result, better people, better parents and better professionals”. As outlined by Ryan Holiday, the idea of Stoicism is based around being a better human being through the following cardinal virtues.
The gym for many people can be an intimating place, with everyone being very conscious of how they look. Therefore this is an environment in which one can practice being a better human being in more ways than one.
Wisdom – If you feel that a less experienced gym fellow is struggling with their training, you can try and help them out in any way you can.
Justice – Being kind, and good-hearted on the gym floor by not being selfish with the amount of equipment you use and making sure to wipe down after use.
Self-Control – Having the discipline to go work out regularly.
As you see, implementing stoic philosophy in a gym environment can be done helping you and fellow gym-goers on your fitness journeys.
Food for thought.
Till next time, Stay Stoic,