“Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.” – Søren Kierkegaard
I exercise for several reasons. For one, it’s energizing. When I feel inertia overcoming me, I like to go for a walk, run, bike ride or swim, or hit the weights. Usually, I can power through it, and emerge to a higher level of focus and concentration, increasing my productivity.
There are also the undeniable health benefits—to the heart, brain, metabolism, and the musculoskeletal system. There may even be an edge in preventing or surviving cancer.
Of course, there’s a vanity element. Looking buff is rewarding. Or, as Kevin Spacey famously replied when queried as to his exercise goals in the film American Beauty: “I wanna look good naked!”
Exercise also helps to optimize sleep, which is a prime determinant of health.