How To Think About Exercise

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How To Think About Exercise

A look at how and why exercise affects the way we think and feel

It can often seem like existence is split in two: body and mind, flesh and spirit, moving and thinking. In the office or at study we are ‘mind workers’, with superfluous bodies. In the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle.

Damon Young challenges this idea, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds, together. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By exercising intelligently, we are committing to wholeness: enjoying and enhancing our full humanity.

If you are interested in this book, you may like our Toolkit for life Vol. 2, made up of 6 'How To' guides including this title.

About The How To Book Series

We need self-help books like never before, and that is why The School of Life, in conjunction with Pan Macmillan, has established a new format for the self-help book. In the first series we examined some of the great issues of life – work, sex, money, emotional maturity, digital life and changing the world. This new series build on the strengths of the first, tackling some of the hardest issues of our lives in a way that is genuinely informative, helpful and consoling.

Topics include: How To Be Alone, How To Deal with Adversity, How To Connect with Nature, How To Develop Emotional Health and How To Age.

'Here are books that prove that term “self-help” doesn’t have to be either shallow or naïve’
 - Alain de Botton

Other books in the How To range can be seen here: 
Series 1Series 2Series 3.