Is is better to excel in academics or keep our body healthySometimes parents have really high standards for their children causing them to suffer from stress. In a way it pays off in the end but,...

Is is better to excel in academics or keep our body healthy

Sometimes parents have really high standards for their children causing them to suffer from stress. In a way it pays off in the end but, they sometimes turn out to be unhealthy.

SO here is my question

Is is better to maintain a strong body and become weak in acedemics. OR is is better to excel in acedemics but, become weak physically???

Expert Answers
Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both of those are bad options. Dichotomous options of this sort that present choice between to opposing ideas are a result of a logical fallacy called the "false dilemma fallacy." It may also be called black-and-white thinking or the either-or fallacy. The fact is, thinking clarity required for academics depends upon a strong and healthy body. For example, a student with adrenal fatigue or hypoglycemia cannot excel academically because their body simply cannot support continual or clear and rapid cognitive function. Less dramatically, a student who never gets physical exercise in fresh outdoor air similarly has a physiological disadvantage in academic studies for the same reason: their bodies cannot support sustained clear and rapid cognitive function. In conclusion, you cannot have sustained academic excellence without a strong and healthy body.

catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The two are clearly dependent upon each other. You cannot excel academically if you are in poor health (although realistically you can allow a certain amount of health decline). I think the answer is: it really depends on the student.

If you have a student who is a medical risk, then their health concerns must come before their academics. On the other hand, a student in ok health who could be excelling academically should.

We all need a balance, but students, like any person must often change priorities at any given moment. Perhaps there are times when they suffer physically in order to meet a given academic challenge, but are able to recover when some of the pressure is off. We need to teach students about balance and priorities so that they can maintain their health and academic success.

thanatassa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These definitely should not be opposites. As an English professor, I do lots of reading. I usually bring a book to my health club and spend one hour reading and doing cardio. Another thing you can do is download audio books onto your MP3 player. Not only can you listen to plays and novels, but you can get lots of study tapes for languages and other topics. That way you can go for a long walk or run and be studying at the same time.

To stay in good health, you need 45 minutes to 1 hour of exercise at least 5 days a week -- so just an hour a day of reading or listening to informative material while exercising is enough.

And choosing healthy foods takes no more time than  choosing junk food!


bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have to agree with the above posts that state that the being both academically and physically strong are not in opposition to one another. It sounds as if you are having trouble finding the time for both your studies and physical exercise, but these two important aspects do not have to conflict with each other. As for the stress that you mention, you may believe that you feel it now, but I can assure you that you won't know the true definition of the word until you become an adult and have to deal with adult responsibilities. Physical exercise is a good way to deal with eliminating stress, so you may find that an hour or two each day will keep you both mentally and physically healthy.

litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think balance is the key to both academic and physical health. Obviously, if you are so focused on academics that you let your physical health decline, there is a problem. On the flip side, if you practice good time management skills, you should be able to take care of your body AND your academic skills. Knowing how to handle stress goes along with that as well. If you are getting so stressed that your health is suffering, you need to find ways to cope with that. If you have strong physical health, the academic side should benefit from that rather than suffer.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I don't think that the two have to be in opposition to one another.  In fact, taking time out from studying to exercise is likely to help you feel better and more able to concentrate on your studies.  So I think that a smart parent would want their child to get some exercise as well.

If I had to pick, I guess I'd go with academics.  You can always exercise later and get into good shape then.  But if you neglect your studies in high school, you might not get a chance to make up for it.

enotechris eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you're not doing both, then both will suffer.  Keeping your body fit goes hand in hand with keeping your mind sharp.  More importantly, you need to find a level of function that is appropriate for YOU, not what the "norm" is.  Being the star athlete and valedictorian many not be who you are -- maybe finding the physical activity you like and excelling in the subject you like is more important than what others expectations are for you.

vangoghfan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Obviously it is best to be strong both physically and academically.  Physical health is often a prerequisite to academic success. In other word, if a person allows his or her physical health to decline drastically, he or she may not be able to achieve important academic goals.  Not everyone will be capable of very great academic success, but most people are capable of maintaining at least basic good health.

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As other editors have commented, both is the ideal. I do think there is perhaps too much emphasis on academic achievements in some families, but speaking from my own experience, if I have a healthy balanced lifestyle with exercise, this means that my academic achievements are boosted.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is more important to be healthy, and being healthy helps one excel in academics.  If your body is not strong, your brain does not function properly.  It is more important to stay healthy, and then focus on academics and being successful.

dano7744 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

It is possible to do both at the same time. Because you are serious about your studies is a good reason that you must stay healthy. In order to accomplish both things you must become efficient in the use of your time.

chelsea492 | Student

body healthy

loraaa | Student

of course keep our body healthy...

komalsinghudeck | Student

Based on my personal experiense, both are equally important for an individual. Being mentally agile and keeping yourself in pink of health. Actually both are interdependent as the maxim goes, "ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES JACK A DULL BOY".

In todays' rapidly changing world it becomes important to have a balanced approach towards your respective domain. Getting good grades n being healthy becomes quantessential for one's existense. One cannot afford to be a mediocre. o, all you need to do is snatch time, pull up ur socks and get set go!!!

wanderista | Student

I'd choose a little of both - a good academic and a healthy body.