Stretch, Stretch, Stretch – Move, Move, Move

Majid Ali, M.D.

I stretch and stretch, then move, move, and move all day long. I have not seen the inside of a gym in the last forty or so years. Here is why gyms do not beckon me.

I never saw my grandfather do exercise. He did wrestle in his younger years but that was before I started observing. Certainly I did not see him do any exercise during the last forty years of his life. He died at 101.

I never saw my grandmother do exercise either. I do not know if she ever ran as a sport. She would not have wrestled since Muslim women did not wrestle in those years. Certainly I did not see her do any exercise during the last forty years of his life. She died at 101.

My father was a swimmer and a runner in his earlier year. I never saw him do exercise other than walking after age forty. He worked until the last day before his terminal illness in his eighties.

I read much about while the writing of my book The Ghoraa and Limbic Exercise (1993). So I am aware of the works of exercise enthusiasts. Now I think I am better off in the footsteps of my elders. I do stretch much more than I used to. In the 75th years of my life, my muscles take longer to wake up and be comfortable with their breaths

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