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Better Shape Up - 82423
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Exercising the brain this morning. Let’s jump in.
The Daily Rabbit Hole: Geometry was born in 3000 BC along the modern day Pakistan/India border.
It was “developed to meet some practical need in surveying, construction, astronomy, and various crafts. Among these were some surprisingly sophisticated principles, and a modern mathematician might be hard put to derive some of them without the use of calculus and algebra.”
While exercise technically began to develop with the Greeks just before the calendar reversal, the concept of a gym as we understand it is newer than the invention of the train. Getting in shape didn’t require intentional exercise for a long time in human history simply because existing demanded that you be in shape. No cars, factory farming, and keeping mostly on foot meant that it was harder to survive at all if you weren’t moving and working for your sustenance and survival.
In fact, the word obese doesn’t even show up in the English lexicon until the 1600s.
“John Travolta reportedly administered a Scientology "touch assist" on Randal Kleiser's foot.”
Obsessed with turning a new leaf
Getting in shape, physically or mentally, is a dominant conversation in western society. We’re always looking to improve, get better, switch gears, etc. and yet for most of human history we didn’t have that luxury.
This is why any behavioral shifts (working out your body or your mind) are at their best when they are integrated into your natural rhythm of life. That’s how we did it for thousands of years, and forcing yourself to go against the grain often leads you to - binge eating grains. The truth is, you have the energy and the capacity to “shape up” because it is part of your biology. You just need to work it into your rhythm.
I promise to at least stretch today. What about you?
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