Culture and Fitness
As an airline pilot, I've had the opportunity to see much of China and experience its fascinating and unique culture. During these trips, I've been amazed by how health and fitness are so deeply rooted in the Chinese culture, and by the creative ways the people of China stay fit.
Kicking the Jianzi
On any given morning or evening, it is common to see hundreds of people on the sidewalks and in the abundant parks staying active together, in community. Even people well into their 60s and 70s are seen playing badminton, kicking around the jianzi (a Chinese version of hacky sack), roller blading, stretching, and dancing. And, of course, there are the traditional activities such as Tai Chi. Just recently, I watched with a smile as a grandfather was doing jump ups on a wooden tree planter with his giggling granddaughter.
It's About Feeling Great
For the people of China, fitness isn't about losing weight, avoiding carbs, or getting ripped. It is about feeling great, living with vitality, and maintaining harmony, both individually and in community.
Parks here in the U.S.A. are great places to stay fit with friends and family. Here are 8 playground exercises from certified personal trainer Susan Chapman. These are a great total body workout and can be enjoyed by the entire family!
Brian DeLay | Editor