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One is never too old to exercise, says 85-year-old Zhang Huifang as she performs acrobatic moves on parallel bars.

It is 4:30am in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province. The sun will not rise for another three hours, but Zhang is already taking a 4-kilometer power walk in a park to warm up.

She then begins her daily intensive exercise regime on parallel bars, which has made her a celebrity in the park.

Dubbed “parallel bars granny,” Zhang is not a professional gymnast, but she is nevertheless an inspirational figure for people who exercise in her neighborhood.

Zhang usually begins her impressive routines with high leg lifts performed at speed. Then she moves on to curl-ups, gripping one bar and placing her legs on the other. She can even do that with one hand. Zhang also swings her legs while sitting on the bars. Without taking a rest, she concludes her three-hour exercises with dozens of sit-ups and push-ups.

Zhang began exercising eight years ago when her village was urbanized. Having retired from farm work, she now spends time by exercising. She has since kept to her habit of exercising on the parallel bars.

The octogenarian is among the growing number of Chinese fitness enthusiasts who have heeded the government’s call for people to exercise more in order to build “a healthy China” and to enable the country to become a leader in international sports.Many parks are equipped with fitness facilities. Square dancing, a form of group dancing in public, has become popular among the elderly across China.

“Exercising makes me happy and healthy,” Zhang says.

It can be quite dangerous for the elderly to perform gymnastic moves, but Zhang says she created her own moves and they suit her well.

“I think the most important thing is to keep exercising,” she says.

Zhang follows a strict daily routine. She goes to bed before 10pm, rises at 4am, and walks to the park, which is 1 kilometer from home. In the day time, she takes care of two great-grandchildren at home.

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Post time 2017-11-29 20:05:42 |Display all floors
So warming the story is although in cold winter! -----------I think everyone can practise Chinese martial arts any time in some degree and in different ways which do not necessarily need professional equipments! ------------------Just as now I can take a deep breath since I feel a bit tired! -------------I have learned a lot from my ninety-year-old mother who never rest herself when she is awake! ------------She always tries to find some work to do who can still lift heavy things forgetting the age!
Childish pure  mindset can simplify your life which let you live in a light way! Without man-made troubles you will work in high efficiency!

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Post time 2017-11-29 20:06:04 |Display all floors
,  she is great elderly, her exercise will inspire other elderly to do that like her.
          But I am afraid of her energy which provide her do such much movements.
          anyhow she is more happiness and more fitness under her daily exercise routine.
life is colorful with you.

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Post time 2017-11-29 20:23:39 |Display all floors
tonysong2000 Post time: 2017-11-29 20:06
,  she is great elderly, her exercise will inspire other elderly to do that like her.
         ...

I think the old lady should begin her training at 9 o'clock in the morning with more clean air and sunshine!
----------At four o'clock there might be fog with too much dust in the air that would hurt the lungs!
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Post time 2017-11-29 20:33:00 |Display all floors
SEARU Post time: 2017-11-29 20:23
I think the old lady should begin her training at 9 o'clock in the morning with more clean air and ...

yes, your suggestion should be accepted since some experts also give the best morning exercise time: after 9:00 AM.

Maybe she has a stronger lung as she do so much morning exercise.
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Post time 2017-11-30 10:03:44 |Display all floors
tonysong2000 Post time: 2017-11-29 20:33
yes, your suggestion should be accepted since some experts also give the best morning exercise tim ...

Any strong lungs would be hurt in some degree by air pollution!
In our area there also was sixty–year–old lady who often did running on the roads acting as professional athlete, unfortunately she suddenly died because she had taken in too much dust from the passing trucks and cars!
Childish pure  mindset can simplify your life which let you live in a light way! Without man-made troubles you will work in high efficiency!

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