Re: A healthy body makes a healthy mind
Originally Posted by Baz46
It is also reckoned that people with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are much improved with physical exercise and keeping themselves fit. Apparently it's all to do with the endorphins that are released with physical exercise and their positive effect on the mind.
True, I get that too but my point was like the case of the woman who lived in the box, she wasn't allowed to exercise, she was locked in it 23 hrs a day, her only chance of survival was to compartmentalise what was happening to her in her mind and create a fantasy world that was elsewhere (pretending she was with family she loved etc).
People like Stephen Hawking, he may not have been physically 'locked in a box' but in a way his body was his prison as one muscle was all he had control of to use a special button to select letters on a computer.
It must have taken him forever to write anything, even a sentence but yet he wrote books and used his incredible knowledge to further every one else's (well brainy scientist-student-type people!) understanding of the universe and Quantum physics.
So even without the ability to exercise to relieve MH issues the intelligent mind can be extremely resourceful in finding a way to survive.
If physical ability is all
a body has and that goes, what happens to that mind? ..the one that can't get lost in fantasy to imagine how they could get it back, or other solutions if 'getting back that level of ability' was not possible (as in SH case I don't think any amount of weight lifting would have prevented the ALS progressing, even if you'd strapped the weights to him and moved his body for him!)
The fact that his career choice was not something that depended on whether he could run 10 miles or lift anything was what enabled him to survive it mentally.