Exercise and the Soul: Aristotle explains how exercise can be a moral virtue: Upcoming Book “Super Body, Super Brain, May 2010”
We all have values. Values are the core of our existence. Values are for the soul what oxygen is for the body.
Can Exercise be a moral virtue? What is virtue? Can exercise make you a better person? Are you using exercise to do harm or good to your body? We have heard the word “virtue” many times but we are not sure if we could come up with the right definition nowadays. Sometimes what comes to mind is some mystical power from antiquity, some slang from the Greek Gods… but you will see how that definition is among us and it is up to you to be a virtuous person.
Ethics refers to the study of moral principles of the human being. We study ethics in order to improve and enhance our lives, and therefore its principal concern is to address the nature of human well-being. Exercise and a Super Body, Super Brain program can improve your life.
What is virtue? Why is virtue so important? Can exercise helps us achieve virtue?
Do you have values? Virtue is related to values. Each human being has a core of underlying values that contribute to our system of beliefs, ideas or opinions.
There has always been this debate in the classical Greek period questioning whether you were born with a virtue or not, and if virtue was related to an extensive experience in certain field or not. Plato and Aristotles were in disagreement regarding this “moral issue”.
According to the great philosopher Aristotle, we can say that there are two types of virtue: intellectual and moral. Intellectual virtue can be gained at birth and its growth is related to learning (needing experience and time), while Moral virtue comes about as a result of habit. In my opinion, if we are looking to improve our lives and to enhance our health, we can use exercise and living a healthy life as a moral virtue. According to Aristotle and Nichomachean Ethics, a human being must find the point of excellence, or the golden mean, by eating neither too much nor too little. By acting with excellence, or according to virtue, the person incurs all the good consequences and avoids all the negative ones. What we need, in order to live well, is a proper appreciation of the way in which such goods as friendship, pleasure, virtue, honor and wealth fit together as a whole.
Aiming to have a Super Body, Super Brain: New Upcoming book can help you to improve your lives:
According to Aristotle “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good; and for this reason the good has rightly been declared to be that at which all things aim.” – 1094a (Book I, Chapter 1)
Am I looking for fast results?
According to Aristotle’s notes “For one swallow does not make a spring, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” – 1098a (Book I, Chapter 6)