A new formula for health

December 11, 2009 at 6:54 am Leave a comment

In “No body is an island: A new formula for health,” Frank Forencich challenges us to redefine what it means to be active in a fitness enterprise:

In conventional circles, we reflexively label mind-body-spirit orientations as “holistic.” But if we’re only talking about my body, my mind and my spirit, what we’re doing isn’t even close to being holistic. In fact, just the contrary. When the mind-body-spirit orientation is focused on the individual, the best we can hope for is a temporary, unsustainable health island.

If we really want to be holistic, we have to include the rest of the biological and social world. In this respect, the conventional prescription for health must be expanded to include a third element:

diet + exercise + activism

The active lifestyle can no longer simply be about looking good while moving—or concerned only with building muscles. We must also build community, which means recognizing, reflecting, and then doing something to go “beyond the body.” Read Frank’s essay here.


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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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