Should we focus on making the body tight and trim, treat it like a temple and not contaminate it with junk food, alcohol or drugs? Yes, the aesthetics is greatly appreciated and the health benefits can extend a life span, though what’s the point if you lose your mind and no one really wants you to speak (sorry muscle men)? Become a beautiful zombie and allow the mind to decay so you are unable to think or even behave civilly?
However, feeding the mind exclusively and instead neglecting the body can have terrible results; shorter life, health problems and a general physical discomfort.
To master one the other needs to be forsaken.
Or we could take the novel notion of moderation; keep both happy and healthy. Feed the mind, feed the body, feed the soul. Scientific evidence suggests that people think better with physical exertion and the onset of dementia can be prevented in some cases by keeping the mind active. Instead of going to an extreme to improve one over the other we should be happy to have a sound mind and body.
So if you’ve spent the last two hours in a gym, perhaps you should pick up a book or take a TAFE class. If you’ve spent all day staring at words then go for a walk or run the vacuum around, it all helps.
Everything in moderation keeps you sane.