MENS sana in corpore sano” is a Latin phrase coined 2500 years ago by Socratic priests.
But its meaning (a sound mind in a healthy body) is just as effective today, according to a leading US creativity and innovation expert.
Michael Gelb is set to visit Australia next week as part of the Mind & Its Potential conference in Sydney with his mantra: “Generate positive, creative change in daily life.”
And his recipe is relatively simple: eat well, exercise regularly and think positive.
“Our attitude affects our immune system on a moment to moment basis,” Gelb said “And our physical posture and facial expressions dramatically influence our moods.”
He recommends mindfulness and routine along with regular exercise to strengthen circulation and helps keep a flow of oxygen to the brain.
“Your brain is about 2 per cent of your body weight but it uses more than 20 per cent of your oxygen. Walking, swimming, cycling, dancing, yoga, weight-training and Tai Chi are all beneficial. The key is to find something that you love and do it every day.”
Gelb also suggests a healthy diet and meditation.
“Meditation serves as a daily ‘tune-up’ for the mind and body,” Gelb said. “It’s a very efficient way to gain the physiological benefits of concentrated rest (20 minutes of meditation offers the same benefits as three hours of restful sleep).
“Regular meditation also improves reaction time, memory, immune strength and most importantly ‘perceived well-being’. That’s a fancy way to say ‘happiness’.”
These are his top five tips
1. Embrace the notion that your brain is designed to improve with use
2. Devote a minimum of 15 minutes each day to learning something new.
3. Exercise every day
4. Don’t eat anything that your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.