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How to Think About Exercise
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USING PHILOSOPHY TO EXPLORE THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND FITNESS AND WAYS TO ENJOY EXERCISE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR MIND BEHIND
It can often seem as though 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 seemingly superfluous bodies. Conversely, in the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle. In How to Think About Exercise, author and philosopher Damon Young challenges this idea of separation, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds as one. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By learning how to exercise intelligently, we are contributing to our overall enjoyment of life and enhancing our full humanity. Find out how bestselling author Haruki Murakami quit smoking and took up running, and why the simple act radically changed his whole outlook on life; why Schopenhauer thought that swimming was a sublime act; how Charles Darwin came up with some of his best ideas while exercising; and much more.
The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life's big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, from psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console.

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USING PHILOSOPHY TO EXPLORE THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND FITNESS AND WAYS TO ENJOY EXERCISE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR MIND BEHIND
It can often seem as though 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 seemingly superfluous bodies. Conversely, in the gym we stretch, run and lift, but our minds are idle. In How to Think About Exercise, author and philosopher Damon Young challenges this idea of separation, revealing how fitness can develop our bodies and minds as one. Exploring exercises and sports with the help of ancient and modern philosophy, he uncovers the pleasures, virtues and big ideas of fitness. By learning how to exercise intelligently, we are contributing to our overall enjoyment of life and enhancing our full humanity. Find out how bestselling author Haruki Murakami quit smoking and took up running, and why the simple act radically changed his whole outlook on life; why...

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USING PHILOSOPHY TO EXPLORE THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND FITNESS AND WAYS TO ENJOY EXERCISE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR MIND BEHIND
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The School of Life is dedicated to exploring life's big questions: How can we fulfill our potential? Can work be inspiring? Why does community matter? Can relationships last a lifetime? We don't have all the answers, but we will direct you toward a variety of useful ideas—from philosophy to literature, from psychology to the visual arts—that are guaranteed to stimulate, provoke, nourish, and console.

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        "Why read a book about making exercise mindful? Would it surprise you to learn that the answer, at leasdt as far as Damon Young's well-written and delightful book goes, is that, well, it's good for you?....Whatever your sport is, the thoughtful reader will find something of interest in this book."

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      • content: "Australian philosopher Young seeks to expand our often dim view of exercise in this surprising, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable inquiry...With readings of David Hume and John Dewey, practical advice, and tales of his own fitness pursuits offered as both illustrative examples and comic relief, Young profoundly deepens our perception of the benefits of 'intelligent exercise' in this outstanding addition to the School of Life series."
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      • source: Alain De Botton, The School of Life Editor
      • content: "In the age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better."
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        February 1, 2015

        Australian philosopher Young believes that fitness can simultaneously develop both mind and body. The author uses examples from Greek mythology, modern superheroes, and top athletes to demonstrate how physical exercise can usher in creativity, cultivate dedication, and generate self-assurance. Young's chapter on the psychic benefits of pain--that it sharpens one's perception of what's important in life--may be pushing the glories of exercise a bit too far, but his idea of slow stretches bringing on a oneness in mind and body makes sense. VERDICT The book probably won't entice reticent readers to work out but will awaken them to new ways of doing it.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        December 1, 2014
        Australian philosopher Young seeks to expand our often dim view of exercise in this surprising, smart, and thoroughly enjoyable inquiry. He looks first to the ancient Greeks, for whom exercise was a way to savor their full humanity. This leads to Young's keen, anecdotal, vigorously referenced analysis of the psychological rewards, and ethical virtues of exercise, namely reverie, pride, sacrifice, beauty, humility, pain, and consistency, as well as the sublime and oneness. He considers how Charles Darwin's habitual long walks helped him develop his ideas and how running does the same for writer Haruki Murakami because, Young elucidates, we evolved in sync with our environment and are most vital, mentally and physically, when we engage with the tactile, vibrant world. Naturally, Young has interesting things to say about our screen habits. With readings of David Hume and John Dewey, practical advice, and tales of his own fitness pursuits offered as both illustrative examples and comic relief, Young profoundly deepens our perception of the benefits of intelligent exercise in this outstanding addition to the School of Life series.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2014, American Library Association.)

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