Explore Essay

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Exercise; Important or Not There has been a debate concerning the importance of exercise to human beings. People have always differed in their opinions regarding this subject. Some believe that exercise resembles the food needed to sustain our bodies and so is exercise to the spirit and soul. One of those supporters is Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman statesman and philosopher (106-43 B.C.E.), who said “It is exercise alone that supports the spirits and keeps the mind in vigor.” On the other hand, some people hold the notion that exercise is not of specific value to the spirit or the body and they believe that is useless waste of energy. Mark Twain, American writer and humorist (1835-1911), is evidently an advocate of the second opinion as he said, “I have never taken any exercise, except for sleeping and resting, and I never intend to take any. Exercise is loathsome.” From the point of view of Cicero, exercise is an essential ingredient that would have a positive effect on our lives as it aids in supporting the spirit which means that we would have high spirits all the time and would not be susceptible to diseases such as depression. In addition, he believed that taking exercises is beneficial for the bodies, as well, due to the fact that they help keeping the bodies to be in good shape, active around the clock, and defiant against aging. In order to support his argument, Cicero is giving the result of exercise to convince people with his belief. He indicated the result of exercise on both the mind and spirit. He is showing the readers that exercise has double effect. First, it has the ability to straighten the spirit. In other words, when people exercise, they feel different positive things about their own selves such as self - confident, self – restraint, relaxed, optimistic, and easygoing. Second, exercise has the ability to make our minds active and sharp on

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