How ancient Chinese technique can help improve your walking speed, posture and flexibility
Forget expensive gym memberships the secret to a healthy old age could be as simple as swinging your arms.
Walking speed, posture and flexibility all improved in women who did a traditional Chinese arm-swinging exercise three times a week for two months, a study found.
The women, who were in their 60s and 70s, also found day-to-day activities, such as dressing and cooking, easier after practising Shuai Shou Gong.
Even touching their toes was less of a stretch.
Researcher Professor Neil Roberts, of Edinburgh University, said: 'These findings demonstrate that the gentle, rhythmic, whole-body sequence of movements of Shuai Shou Gong may be readily learned and enjoyed by older adults and improves general health and wellbeing.'