Mind and mus­cles

Kuwait Times - - FROM THE ARABIC PRESS - By Salah Al-Sayer

Without go­ing into an­thro­pol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy, bi­ol­ogy and all such so­phis­ti­cated talk, let me talk about some real-life ex­am­ples and spec­i­mens of peo­ple. Get­ting right to the point, any­one wish­ing to see young In­di­ans or Filipinos liv­ing in GCC states can go to open yards in the early morn­ings on week­ends and va­ca­tions to find In­di­ans play­ing cricket and Filipinos play­ing bas­ket­ball, al­though they are not tall enough. On the other hand, if you wish to see Arab youth from all Arab coun­tries, you can go to cafes at night to find them cramming around shishas and float­ing in smoke.

I am writ­ing about a real life ex­am­ple, and not opin­ions or views that can be ma­nip­u­lated and dis­agreed with. Sport seems too far from Arabs’ in­ter­est, and some of them might de­velop some pas­sion for foot­ball only as a fan watch­ing it on TV at home, di­waniyas or cafes. When­ever some of them de­cides tak­ing up a sport, he would pick up the most lazy and seden­tary ones, like play­ing cards or backgam­mon. I re­mem­ber when I used to sail out to Kuwaiti is­lands in the early morn­ing of a week­end, I only found Euro­peans and West­ern­ers there. Kuwaitis never ar­rived be­fore the sun was high up in the mid­dle of the sky.

Is it pos­si­ble that sport is one of the el­e­ments dis­tin­guish­ing In­di­ans and Filipinos with skills, dis­ci­pline, se­ri­ous per­for­mance and pro­duc­tiv­ity? Sci­en­tists have stressed the use of sports and its pos­i­tive im­pact on phys­i­cal in­ten­sity and mind abil­i­ties. Tak­ing this mind-mus­cle link into con­sid­er­a­tion, can we, then, re­late the re­tar­da­tion of Arab so­ci­eties to lack of sports and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties?

Re­searchers at Illi­nois Univer­sity in the US found that lack of sports ac­tiv­i­ties was very harm­ful to brain neu­rotic cells and dam­ages them, while phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties pro­tect the brain from de­te­ri­o­ra­tion.

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