“I have always believed exercise is a key not only to physical health but to peace of mind. Many times in the old days I unleashed my anger and frustration on a punch bag rather than taking it out on a comrade or even a policeman. Exercise dissipates tension, and tension is the enemy of serenity. I found that I worked better and thought more clearly when I was in good physical condition, and so training became one of the inflexible disciplines of my life. In prison, having an outlet for my frustrations was absolutely essential.”
Nelson Mandela from his autobiography “Long Walk to Freedom” said he practiced a rigid fitness regimen even while being held against his will because he was fighting for human rights. He considered exercise vital to maintaining a level head and overall wellness. Not many know before he pursued politics he trained as a heavyweight boxer. He loved to train for this sport purely for the health benefits that have been proven to keep your mind and body sharp and in tune.