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How Lifting Weights Makes You MORE Intelligent

You didn’t think there was only one form of intelligence did you?

Are you the type of person who subscribes to the idea of one singular form of intellect?

If so I’m here to burst your conceptual bubble and show you how lifting weights will actually make you smarter.

Emotional Intelligence

Firstly, as I eluded to at the start, there exist several substrata of intelligence. Beyond cognitive functions such as calculus, linguistic skills and general problem solving there exists a phenomenon known as emotional intelligence.

This term is something that many of you won’t be familiar with, and i’m not surprised as western education systems do not directly attempt to develop this kind of intellect.

Simply, emotional intelligence is the ability to self-regulate. As the name suggests, it understands that feelings and emotions play a substantial role in the way we navigate, interpret and experience the world.

When you call someone clever, you normally attribute that word to the presence of some secular field of knowledge that you have little to no familiarity with, such as quantum physics or string theory.

So why is emotional intelligence important?

Well, I guess the best way to explain to you why it is so important is demonstrated in the question I would ask the cleverest readers among you:

If you’re so clever, why aren’t you happy?

Smart People Workout

Like any other kind of intelligence, emotional intelligence can be improved, it can be exercised and subsequently developed.

As you sit there, reading these word across this page, allow yourself to be entertained by this following idea:

If intellectual intelligence or cognition is predicated on our ability to think, so we would naturally develop this intellect through thinking exercises, problem solving and equations – things of this nature.

Consequently, would that knowledge not instinctively suggest that if one wanted to develop emotional intelligence, they would engage in activities that exercised the way you feel?

We use our heads to think and body to feel.

In this very obvious sense, lifting weights offers far more value beyond that just of the physical effects.

Even those among you that have developed a consistent exercise habit can attest to the experience I’m describing in terms of your ability to self-regulate.

We talk about concepts such as discipline, how to develop your weaknesses, when to challenge yourself and when to allow for more rest.

There exists an abundance of skills that can be acquired beyond the surface level vanity many people only see; and that is all predicated on your ability to feel through the workout and exercise.

The skill is the awareness of receiving that constant feedback from your senses and emotions about the challenge in front of you. It’s not even about the weight lifting itself, rather the sensation and feeling you get when you’re under duress.

Character Building

This is how weight lifting translates intelligent skills into your psyche and character.

When you take the most surface level understanding of how life is a consistent journey of challenges in various forms, be it financial, social and so on.

Weight lifting delivers the skills necessary, the emotional intelligence necessary to solve these challenges in the most appropriate way.

Don’t tell me you’ve never been emotionally compromised and said something out of anger or sadness that has not ultimately served your best interests.

What if you were able to be calm, calculated and observe how the flow of emotions within yourself and others affects the makings of the future.

What if you were always able to make to best choices for yourself and others, regardless of your feelings. It sounds like a superpower, but it’s not it’s emotional intelligence.

And this intelligence can be achieved under the weight of a barbell.

& if you are the type of individual who has experienced the character-building benefits of exercise, please subscribe and together we can build other-worldly emotional intellect.

Joseph

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Lovie Price
13 days ago

one has to feed the other for both to thrive…i definitely notice that since i stopped lifting- back in September( insert frowny face), my mind has become less able to deal with emotional (as well as other life) components . With the lockdown there are no gyms open. I know i could get weights for home but i just don’t see that being a useful investment for me. I need to be ‘accountable’ and making that appointment to get out of the house and to my work out is was works for me. Being able to get my blood flowing,… Read more »

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