Health is Built on Triads
by Frank Moran, Personal
I've always admired the words of Herophilus, who was
the physician to Alexander the Great,
"When health is absent,
wisdom cannot reveal itself.
Art cannot become manifest.
Strength cannot fight.
Wealth becomes useless
and intelligence cannot be applied."
In modern terms without health, intellect, creativity
and strength fail. In fact, it is a downward spiral.
Depression and inactivity follow. That in itself is a
depressing thought. Thoughts, feelings and actions lead
us into health or out of it. My father used to say,
"Take care of your body and your body will take care of
you." I think he made an impression as I've spent my
life doing just that for both myself and my clients. You
may notice there are three elements which are affected;
i.e., intellect creativity and strength.
Health is built on triads, trinities, or triangles –
elements of three. For example, all bodies need:
This is the first triad. The second contains the
elements of exercise:
- Strength or resistance training
- Endurance or cardiovascular training
- Flexibility training
As a result of diligence with the first two triads,
we get a third triad:
- Mental Strength
- Physical Strength
- Spiritual Strength
Spiritual strength may seem like a stretch,
intellectually if not physically. However, if we
consider the men who first opened up the American West,
or who first saw the world from atop Mount Everest, or
looked down on us from the moon, it is not unrealistic
to believe they enjoyed spiritual strength as a result
of their physical and mental endeavors.
Let us look at the first triad. The element which
receives the least attention is sleep. Without
sleep interest in the other two diminishes to zero. It
is common knowledge that the simplest way to break down
resistance in human beings is to deprive them of sleep.
Without sleep we cannot think, act or feel. T. E.
Lawrence says, "All men dream but not equally. Those who
dream at night in the dusty recesses of their mind, wake
in the day to find that it was vanity." But without
sleep the dusty recesses of one's mind are just that,
dusty recesses which become part of a body unable to
Shakespeare also gives important information on the
necessity of sleep when he writes in Hamlet, "To sleep
per chance to dream." There is no per chance. To dream
we must, per chance to live and have normal brain
function. Idealistically we require eight hours of sleep
per night. I have seen a man so physically tired he was
unable to eat but rarely one so hungry he was unable to
The second part of the first triad is dealt with in
my article on nutrition.
Frank Moran is a personal trainer in Orange
County, California. To learn more about Frank's
personalized fitness programs and have Frank conduct
your workouts in your own home,
contact Frank today.
Frank Moran, Personal Trainer
Personal training and fitness programs for clients in
Orange County, California including
Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo,
Laguna Niguel, and as far south as Coto de Caza
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