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When reading personal development blogs you do not often read about health issues: what you should be eating, how you should exercise, how to lose weight and how to develop healthy habits. All of these issues are considered to be not related to personal development and they are discussed only on fitness, diet and general health blogs.
I would like to challenge the opinion that creating a healthy and balanced body is not part of personal development. What is personal development after all? Here is a definition of personal development from Wikipedia (it is not the most reliable source of course but that’s the best definition I could find.)
Personal development for individuals refers to actions or aspirations oriented towards one or more of the following aims:
Some of the oldest personal development practices is religion. Take a look at Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism or any other religion. What do they have in common? Their beliefs are different but all of them use the body as a temple for the spirit. They use exercise (martial arts, yoga, ritual dances) together with dieting (fasting, moderate eating, vegetarianism) to create a healthy and strong body that is as important as a strong and healthy spirit (soul). It is a simplified look at religious practices of course and I won’t go any further into digging into the roots of the mind-spirit-body connection.
I believe that your body deserves as much attention as your mind and spirit do. I do not know a lot of smart and highly intelligent people who claim to be eating at MacDonald’s or BoJangles on a frequent basis. Neither have I seen a lot of overweight out-of-shape people who claim to be living a happy life. I looked at a few of the most popular bloggers and I haven’t found any who would fall into the category of FUU! (fat, unhealthy and unfit.) (You can check for yourself if you look at Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin, Darren Rowse, Tim Ferris, Chris Guillebeau, Steve Pavlina and many others.)
If you are looking for personal development then you should focus not only on your spirituality and virtues, you should also focus on your body. Here are a few ideas how you can start caring for your body today while pursuing your personal development goals:
Through knowing your body you can connect with the world around you. Whether you are looking for spiritual growth, increased self-awareness or improving your potentials you must know your body first. Your body is a gift that was given to you in this life and you must take care of this gift in order to live a life full of accomplishment, deep meaning and joy.
Keep your life balanced!