Excellent article… but you don’t have to exercise in the athletic sense to experience some benefit. I have found tremendous satisfaction and energy by incorporating as much exercise as I can into my day to day life. Walk! On those nice days get off the bus a few stops early. Avoid using your car. Take the stairs. Suck in your gut when you stand up. Every time you pick something up lift it two or three times. Get up from your chair regularly at the office. Work standing up. Our modern lives no longer stress our physical ability to the degree that our bodies were designed for and our bodies have learned to be lazy and stressed out. Sure, go to the gym or run if you have time, but don’t overlook everyday opportunities to keep a kinetic component in your life
This is not reading as many young people are coming to know it. Their reading is pragmatic and instrumental: the difference between what literary critic Frank Kermode calls “carnal reading” and “spiritual reading.” If we allow our offspring to believe carnal reading is all there is — if we don’t open the door to spiritual reading, through an early insistence on discipline and practice — we will have cheated them of an enjoyable, even ecstatic experience they would not otherwise encounter. And we will have deprived them of an elevating and enlightening experience that will enlarge them as people. Observing young people’s attachment to digital devices, some progressive educators and permissive parents talk about needing to “meet kids where they are,” molding instruction around their onscreen habits. This is mistaken. We need, rather, to show them someplace they’ve never been, a place only deep reading can take them.