Ancient Greeks Demanded ‘Overall Fitness’ which was a Training of The Mind, Body and Spirit

To be a Complete Athlete You Need To Have ‘Overall Fitness’

The ancient Greeks gave us fitness, the Olympics and the term ‘Overall Fitness’/ The goal of the athletic ideal is “a healthy mind in a healthy body.” The ancient Greeks believed that Overall Fitness is development of the mind, spirit, and body and that they were all linked, and that a well-educated person was instructed in all these areas. An athletic victory was considered a credit to both the athlete’s physical and moral virtues. Physical training was valued for its role in the development of such qualities as endurance and patience.

The motivation was the development of a disciplined, devout, virtuous citizen of the democracy. The philosophy was that the success of self-government (democracy) depended on the moral character of the citizenry. This was a large part of the motivation for the combined athletic/moral training.

This goal demanded Overall Fitness which was a holistic training of mind, body, and spirit. In ancient Greece athletics were an everyday part of all areas of life—religion, education, society, the arts, and politics. Physical disciplines wove themselves into the very fabric of society, leaving no area untouched. This phenomenon is completely unique in world history. Ancient Greece was the birthplace of this ideology, and its practice died with it.

Athletics in Ancient Greece

Ancient Greek society was very competitive, with an unmatched passion for sports. The Olympic games, although they were the largest and most prestigious, were just one of many local and regional athletic competitions. Such was the enthusiasm of the classical world for sport that there was one major Greek national games event every year, as well as smaller meets. As city-states developed and stabilized, organized athletics also developed. How did athletism become an institution in ancient Greece? Athleticism in ancient Greece was not isolated into the categories of just sports and physical fitness; rather, it was a blend of civic, religious, educational, social, and moral mores. The study of athletics was taken very seriously, and Olympic competitors trained just as hard then and they do now. Personal trainers had textbooks with exercises and fitness regimes. Those who could afford it would hire specialists