Actually, I am not a very physical person. I don’t exercise because it’s healthy. It’s more about a metaphysical mechanism. I want to be able to escape from my body. I want to be able to detach my mind from my body when I focus. But that is only possible if I keep it in shape. The body has to be a temple. A solid structure I can free myself of. When I write I sometimes feel like I’m surrounded by concrete walls. It takes a lot of energy to break through them. But it is the only way to the other side.
// Haruki Murakami, interview with “Die Zeit”