January fitness inspiration

One of the things I love most about China is the parks, and how much time people spend outside. Older generations in particular are very active, often up at the crack of dawn flying kites, doing Tai Chi, dancing, swinging arms around and walking backwards.

Exercise parks, the kind that popped up in British cities before the London Olympics, are really common in urban areas and I used to go to one round the corner of my apartment when I lived in Beijing. There was a Russian gymnast who came a few times and impressed people with his artful swinging and balancing but mostly it was full of people from the local area casually working out and catching up. Here are some snaps from that time.