Mind-Body Connection Essay

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“How About Some Muscle?” by Charles H. McCloy and “The Third Dimension in Physical Education” by Eleanor Metheny are both conceptually similar and dissimilar in their beliefs about the interaction of body and mind. McCloy focuses on adequate training and development of the body itself, taking a monistic approach on his stance regarding the interaction of the mind and body. Metheny, on the other hand, focuses on education through movement, taking more of a dualistic approach. Although both articles place a great amount of emphasis on the body itself, Metheny acknowledges the importance of the mind, more so than McCloy, when it comes to physical education. “How About Some Muscle” takes a monistic approach concerning the interaction of the mind and body. Although McCloy acknowledges the existence of the mind, he states, “Our organism is more body than mind, and it is only through adequate functioning of all of it that the most desirable functioning of even the brain occurs.” He argues that the basis of physical education is the sufficient training and education of the body itself. Development of the body’s muscles has shown to have a significant impact on the way in which humans function in their surroundings. For example, a person with under-developed muscles fatigues easily, both acutely and chronically. On the other hand, a person who focuses on developing his or her muscles is much less susceptible to the fatigue caused by the accumulation of everyday tasks. Another central argument for the importance of muscular development is the overall improvement of our organ systems, the heart in particular. Although the heart is classified as an organ, it is a muscular organ that is responsible for providing our body, muscles included, with the needed oxygen to carry out everyday tasks. An individual with subnormal muscular development has a heart that, as McCloy puts it,
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