Buddha pointed out that there are several benefits of exercise including:

  • fitness
  • increased resistance to disease
  • good digestion
  • increased composure

“Monks, there are these five benefits of walking up & down. What five? One is fit for long journeys; one is fit for striving; one has little disease; that which is eaten, drunk, chewed, tasted, goes through proper digestion; the composure attained by walking up & down is long-lasting. These, monks, are the five benefits of walking up & down.” [1]

The Buddha also explained the benefits of mindful eating thus:

“When a person is constantly mindful,

And knows when enough food has been taken,

All their afflictions become more slender

 — They age more gradually, protecting their lives.” [2]

REFERENCES

[1] ‘Cankama Sutta: Walking’ (AN 5.29), translated from the Pali by Aggacitta Bhikkhu & Kumara Bhikkhu. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 2 November 2013.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/an/an05/an05.029.agku.html

[2] ‘Donapaka Sutta: King Pasenadi Goes on a Diet’ (SN 3.13), translated from the Pali by Andrew Olendzki. Access to Insight (Legacy Edition), 2 November 2013.

http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka/sn/sn03/sn03.013.olen.html