The habit of exercising routinely has more than just a physical effect.
It influences all aspects of our lives.
When we discipline ourselves into the habit of physical training, we also exercise the neural pathways that support the habit. We reinforce it mentally.
Thus, our training is not only for the body, it's for the mind and the spirit too. We all know how we feel when we do a session that we didn't want to do. We feel better in ourselves, that we've overcome an obstacle, made a choice that reflects well, gives us a feeling of achievement, lifts our self-esteem, our self-image.
And that feeling pervades every other aspect of our lives.
So, training isn't just about being able to sprint for the bus or lug the heavy suitcase up the stairs; it's about influencing how we think and feel about ourselves.
And that's priceless.
It creates miraculous changes in our minds and bodies.
It increases our energy, invigorates all our systems, sharpens our minds, helps stabilise emotions, rest, relax and revitalise our very existence.
It primes us to get the best of ourselves.
It helps us become more efficient, and effective, in everything we do.
But there is more.
Regular training also creates a pattern of activity that washes over into every other area of our lives.
When we discipline ourselves into doing it regularly, we also train our minds to the practice of discipline, regular activity and the habit of committing to what needs to be done.