The ancient Romans really had things figured out.
No, I’m not referring to aquaducts, numerals (i.e. MCXVII), the letter “G “(a big thanks to Spurius Carvilius Ruga for giving us that one) or those faux-hawk military helmets sporting a stylish horsehair crest.
I’m talking about their use of language. It seems to me that a large number of latin phrases reflect the Roman’s understanding of all-things-health-and-fitness.
Julius Ceasar said, “fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt” (as a rule, men willingly believe that which they wish to).
Could ol’ Jules have somehow foreseen our present-day weight loss industry and the way people continue to believe in spot reduction? Even though these same people understand this isn’t the case, could the overwhelming desire for a flat stomach be the reason they continue to fall victim to quick-fix marketing gimmicks?
The truth is, gutta cavat lapidem non vi sed saepe cadendo (a drop hollows a stone not by force, but by falling often)
My interpretation: Regular exercise is more effective than sporadic attempts hoping for immediate gratification.
The Jefferson Society has the motto, haec olim meminisse iuvabit (one day, this will be pleasing to remember)
My interpretation: As much as you may think exercise sucks today, when you’re “lean & mean”, you’ll wonder why you didn’t commit to fitness sooner.
Or what about solvitas perambulum (solve it as you walk)?
My interpretation: When you’re working on a project at work or school and can’t seem to make any progess, get up off your butt and exercise. Your mind will quickly become clearer plus you’ll reap the long term physical benefits.
Now backing up my advice with facta, non verba (actions, not words), it’s time for me to get a workout!
Ad Multos Annos
(To A Long Life!)