I'm in the middle of a Thirty-Day Challenge. This is 8/30.
Welcome to my deep dive into Stoicism and how it can apply to teachers and education.
“For obviously, the philosopher's body should be well prepared for physical activity because often the virtues make use of this as a necessary instrument for the affairs of life.” -Musonious Rufus
I’m just about to turn 50 and am finally feeling like I am at a crossroads. I can fight the aging process or give in to it.
Neglecting physical health makes everything harder in the long run, including teaching. Just as Rufus suggests that philosophers need a well-prepared body for physical activity, teachers can benefit from maintaining good physical health. Regular exercise, proper nutrition, and sufficient rest contribute to increased energy levels, mental clarity, and overall well-being.
Boosting your fitness level also helps you sustain higher energy throughout the school day.
These are things that most people know, however, there is a canyon between knowing something and applying that knowledge. It is sometimes hard to jump across.
Physical activity also leads to balance. Teaching and stress go hand in hand. Exercise helps people deal with stress. This is a tangible everyday benefit.
I also like to think of physical activity as a gift I’m giving my future retired self.
P.S. - I write these for both you and me.