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How to Think About Exercise

How to Think About Exercise A look at how and why exercise affects the way we think and feel

  • Title: How to Think About Exercise
  • Author: DamonYoung
  • ISBN: 9780230767768
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
  • A look at how and why exercise affects the way we think and feel.

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    1. “Get off your bum and enjoy your muscles while you have them.” Note: the title is not How to Exercise; if it was, I couldn’t have been less interested. Instead, Young brings his philosopher’s credentials to bear on the subject of physical fitness and mind-body dualism, making this one of the more memorable School of Life titles.So many of us are “mind workers” nowadays, Young points out. It is as if we have become disembodied, only valuing our intellectual achievements. Yet from anci [...]

    2. Dit boekje was een onverwachte meevaller. Bij Youngs Afgeleid had ik mijn aandacht niet kunnen bijhouden. Maar in dit boekje, met de nogal houterige titel Filosoferen over beweging en sport, werkt de auteur een overtuigende stelling uit betreffende de waarde van een gezonde en met overleg gepraktizeerde lichaamsbeweging. Young associeert het belang van sport met een ouderwets Bildungsideaal: het is een uitgelezen terrein voor het oefenen van wat de Grieken arête of voortreffelijkheid noemden. D [...]

    3. I received the book for free through First Reads. I don't normally read books about exercise, because they are boring to me. This book changed my outlook on exercise books. It was very witty and philosophical. It showed that smart people can exercise too, not just the steroid heavy types. In fact, the book reveals how even intelligent people should strive to work out more. Working out can increase your creativity and give your mind a rest at the same time. I loved the author's side notes throug [...]

    4. متاسفانه این اولین باری بود که بدون مقدمه و تحقیق جزیی یه کتاب خریدم و مطالعه کردم بزرگترین اشکالش به هم ریختگی مطالبه که حس میکنی نتونسته به خوبی موضوعاتیو که بهش پرداخته توضیح بده و خیلی از مطالب هم از تجربات شخصی خودش در ورزش هست که سعی کرده با فلسفه یک معنی بهش بده که متاسف [...]

    5. I loved this. I loved how it made me think and question everything. I feel like my mind and my understanding has expanded. Philosophy in action? I'm in! And off to my yoga mat.

    6. At times disjointed and rambling, overall it made me appreciate exercise and sport on a higher level than my previous arms-length disdain. Reading it gave a lot to think over, and inspired me to re-read some Aristotle and other Ancient Greek philosophy, as well as provided motivation for sticking to my running regiment and maybe even try out some new activities in pursuit of being a more complete human being.

    7. The book I wish I wrote.When I was in high school I came across this quote by John F. Kennedy that has been percolating in my head ever since -"Physical activity is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity."Since then I've been obsessed with the idea of the mind-body connection (it always seemed strange that my mind felt fresher and more productive after I've worked my muscles and lungs to exhaustion).These days, wor [...]

    8. Exercise, for the Greeks, was about becoming a virtuous person, achieving better strength of character, perseverance, and embodying in one's self peace, courage, and balance. Exercise wasn't so divorced from life - indeed, exercise was an integral part of being a human, namely, developing one's potential capacities and experiencing a fuller range of being human. In today's modern world, we are plagued by what Damon Young thinks is dualism: a radical separation of mind and body. We go to work and [...]

    9. The philosophical why we do what we do when we exercise. Chapters are based on virtues and characteristics : Reverie, Pride, Sacrifice, Beauty, Humility, Pain, Consistency, Sublime, and Oneness. Since exercise and movement are my career, the concept of this really appealed to me. There were portions of the book that really resonated (Reverie, Humility, Consistency, and Oneness) and others that I didn't like much at all, because they brought to mind the narcissism, the egoism, and ugly sides of t [...]

    10. Unlike anything I've read. And a quick insightful read that demands more related reading (and viewing--it includes film recommendations!). My only wish was that it were a little more balanced with women's experience and thinking on the subject. I look forward to reading more of these How To guides.

    11. Starts well, with a strong central premise - a more thoughtful attitude to exercise - but loses its way and is ultimately a thin superficial examination of the subject. Sadly, with the honourable exception of Roman Krznaric's excellent 'How to find fulfilling work', this has been true of most of The School of Life books I've read (beautifully styled though they are).

    12. Its hard to find the authors personal stories relevant or intersting, however the book gives a broad perspective for physical excersise. You will definitely find yourself in one of those chapters and if youre having stuggles with excersising then you will also find helpful ideas that will help you to continue. Main takeaways-Mind and Body works together. -Sports can liberate us from the complexity of life-Most of us excersise for beauty, not function/health. This is fine, just avoid extreme narc [...]

    13. Lots of interesting ideas about how to think of exercise as a crucial part of life - about what it has to offer in terms of values and quality of life. I found the structure a bit frustrating. Each chapter focuses on a concept (e.g. pain) and uses a sport as an example (e.g. martial arts). I enjoyed the chapters on reverie, consistency and oneness but that’s because they were about types of exercise that I happen to enjoy (walking, running and yoga, respectively). The other chapters were a slo [...]

    14. ventured into pop philosophy/self help because i was tired of spending all my jogs grimly wondering how many minutes of old age i might win myself (this article has haunted me all year nytimes/2017/04/12/we). exercise for me (and many others i'm sure) tends to be a very uncomfortable meditation on mortality. this book got to the issue i wanted to address: "The idea is to see exercise as a remedy for existential incompleteness, instead of just a way to postpone death or purchase sexiness with swe [...]

    15. This book talks about the philosophy of exercise. Common readers like me can still enjoy the different perspectives put forward by classical philosophers to modern writers. It is enough to encourage us to start walking, swimming, jogging and do a little yoga or pick up any sports that interest us. And see doing them as part of our life. Find the joy in exercising in terms of not only for the physical benefits but spiritual benefits. Being alive is about movement and as we move, I hope we can com [...]

    16. Excellent ReadI struggle with finding the motivation to actually exercise, so this was a perfect way to find another perspective to get me going. Love this book. Love The School Of Life and what they're working toward.

    17. Like most people, I've always had a conflicted relationship with exercise. While growing up in a small and less-than-happening "town" in Alaska, I participated in every high school sport possible, because other schools in our division could be literally hundreds of miles away, necessitating multiple day trips and sometimes even plane rides to compete. Add in the (admittedly weak) possibility of a fabled inter-school romance, and I had every incentive to exercise. But as an adult, I've struggled [...]

    18. While I do try and get 'enough' exercise, I actually came to the book through philosophy, and that sounds way more pretentious than intended because I've done very little reading in philosophy. In fact I think I am a good candidate for this type of book; a book packaged for people who want an introduction to philosophy through themes that make sense in daily life. It is certainly an introductory text, with only 170 pages and 9 short chapters on: reverie, pride, sacrifice, beauty, humility, pain, [...]

    19. Dit boek biedt een reeks van bespiegelingen over sport en met name de oefening die gepaard gaat met sport. De kern van beschouwingen draait om drie zaken:- Regelmatig oefenen en dat gedurende langere tijd volhouden maakt dat je van jezelf alles kunt maken- Beleving van sport heeft alles te maken met het één worden van lichaam en geest waardoor de intensiteit van de beleving wordt versterkt. De combinatie met een reel of denkbeeldig gevaar en de concentratie die het vereist om daarmee om te gaa [...]

    20. Rating this book as a whole is a bit tricky as the success of its intention to be a philosophical "companion to exercise" is ultimately dependant on the experience or attitudes to exercise and sport that the reader brings with them. It's also broken up into nine purported facets of exercise; Reverie, Pride, Sacrifice, Beauty, Humility, Pain, Consistency, The Sublime and Oneness, further segregating what may or may not resonate.In my own case; I've dabbled in, but never really been much of a team [...]

    21. Exercise there's a dirty word! It is impossible to stand in line at the grocery store and not see some magazine cover promising to help lose inches and pounds without lifting a finger in exercise; or maybe promise 14 days of repetitive motion will whittle a few inches off your bum.So when I saw the title of this book it made me stop and want to see what there was to think about in exercise. When I finished the book, it didn't take long. it's only 160 pages long. I was kind of overwhelmed with al [...]

    22. Self help book discussing why we exercise and how the mind and body are connected. Mr. Young offers some great insights into all levels of fitness and competition.

    23. This book sounded interesting and I was hoping for a book I could recommend to athletes who are interested in learning about philosophy. I found the Tips and Questions a bit out of place, maybe the author was required to add these in to fit with the format of the series. It is very hard to come up with tips and questions that won't be patronising to some or irrelevant to others. I think the best audience for this book is probably people who struggle to motivate themselves to exercise but haven't [...]

    24. Esperaba mucho menos de un libro sobre ejercicio. Pero bueno, este no es un libro sobre ejercicio, si no un libro sobre la filosofía del ejercicio.Descartes, Platón, Hume, Nietzsche, Heidegger son solo algunos de los filósofos con los cuales se trabaja a lo largo de la obra. Estoy muy satisfecho con la lectura.Los temas de este libro van de la Belleza y lo Sublime, al Sacrificio y el Dolor.

    25. An utterly wonderful philosophy book book about exercise. I was intrigued by the book before I read it, now that I have I'm recommending it to every active, thoughtful person I know. Background in some philosophy is helpful but not necessary. I am now tracking down additional titles by Mr. Young.

    26. Excellent book. A really good read if you are the kind of person who lives in their head, books, study and other pursuits of the mind, but really struggles to find any real reason to exert themselves in exercise. I think this book has shifted my perspective on exercise significantly.

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