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Maybe Tap Dance
January 26, 2009 |
Greetings Mr. Keillor,
I remember that you used scoff at people who exercised intensely; you said they were trying to hold off old age or death. I recall you had some sort of physical ailment a few years ago, in light of that has your attitude toward exercise changed?
I had open-heart surgery in July 2001 to repair a mitral valve, Kevin, a congenital defect that didn't get in my way at all until then, and recovered nicely from the surgery and seem to be in good shape now, despite leading a sedentary life for the past ten or fifteen years.
But I am changing my attitude toward exercise mainly because I sense a loss of agility and I don't want to go any faster that way than I need to. So I'm scouting around for something I can do without too much trouble. Maybe tap dance. Maybe hopping and spinning. I had some back problems a couple years ago that cleared up rather nicely after I did minimal stretching exercises for awhile, a quick fix to a nagging problem. Anyway I don't think I scoff at exercise anymore, if I ever did.