The value of a sound mind in a sound body

Mens sana in corpore sano is a Latin phrase that translates into “a sound mind in a sound body.”

I would like to challenge you to think about this phrase. A majority of what we read is about how to think, how to manage, how to grow, improve or gain information — all to be more successful, earn a promotion or run a business more profitably. These are unquestionably critical items and pieces of information to have, and this publication is an amazing tool for obtaining them.

Yet, we rarely talk about the physical part of what we do. We should consider the physical stress of organizing our companies, producing goods, challenging travel schedules or even sitting or standing for long periods of time.

Many of us get up much earlier than others do to get a jump start on our day. We balance our relationships, family, business, finances and much more.

The question I have for you is: What are you doing for your physical health? Without a healthy body, how can you use, share and keep up with all the incoming information and mental aspects of your day? How can you handle the pressures, stress and anxiety that we all often feel?

A healthy body is a key piece of that puzzle that will allow you to utilize your skills to their fullest potential by increasing your energy level and enhancing your sense of well-being.

Movement is critical
I challenge you to ask yourself: What can I do? Many of the highly successful people I meet are athletes. They know that a healthy body supports a healthy mind. Although you do not need to be a serious athlete to support your mind and to be at your best, I do believe that you need to have “movement” in your day.

Each day would be ideal. Do something to break a sweat. Take the steps, chase your kids around and get your blood flowing while hopefully getting away from the stresses of your day. Working out can mean many different activities: a long run, a visit to the weight room or the yoga studio, even a good hike.

When was the last time you took three deep, full breaths — expanding your chest fully and then exhaling until your lungs were completely empty? Have you ever not felt better after being physically active?

Get in sync
Whether we like it or not our minds and bodies are connected; when they are not in sync or functioning optimally, we are not performing at our best, period. Remember: Practicing balance is the key to success and balance in life, in health and in work. Give your body the attention it deserves and allow your mind to focus. I promise you will be pleased with the results.

Scott Forster is co-owner, vice president and COO at Magnus International Group