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The Iron Temple

The body is called a temple? It's said sometimes, but it's not correct for everyone.

For whatever reason, children with highly developed analytical and intellectual skills in the West usually don't gravitate towards more physical, strenuous, and intense activities. There's exceptions -- plenty -- but generally speaking, people who have extreme analytical mental ability tend to neglect their physical ability.

But then the body, a supposed temple, becomes a prison for the mind, dragging its possessor down into low energy, poor moods, and various aches and ailments and pains.

No, the body isn't a temple. The real temple is a place you like to engage in activities to be active and move and have your blood move and activate your muscles and get into motion.

And to succeed at that, especially if you're very analytical, you need to get your mind involved. Whether that be a competitive sport, or a set of exercises that you work towards constant form, or whether it's a game of increasing strength of flexibility or performance... regardless of the particular details, engaging the mind and body together becomes crucial for keeping your mind free and alive.

It's Your Schedule

Well-structured events include a lot of activities and fill the schedule -- because most people enjoy that, and find it useful to have a set calendar.

But with just a little bit of pre-planning, you can almost always do better. Events get set with a calendar that's to appeal broadly to everyone. So if you're going on a tour or going to a conference, there's a good chance that at least 20% of the activities there are less useful or appealing to you.

What to do? Make your own calendar! Sometimes it's not possible, but you'd be surprised how often it is. When you skip out of an event that's not your forte to do your work, to lift weights, or even just to get a breather and recharge, you give yourself a better chance of continuing what you're working on AND enjoying the rest of things.

I just skipped a technical session at a conference I was at, and lifted weights in the gym. I'm sure it was fantastic, but I knew I wasn't interested and wasn't likely to implement anything from it in the next couple months (and past that, the memory retention wouldn't be good anyways).

I left my hotel keycard in the gym by accident, and while I was waiting in line to get a new one, I mentioned I'd left the card in the gym to a couple co-attendees. I was asked incredulously, "When did you find time to do that?"

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