This video showed up on our Returned Peace Corps Facebook page and is pretty awesome.
I saw Chinese women every night dancing in the evenings. When I lived with a Chinese family one summer, my Chinese mother explained that walking after dinner, and dancing, are good for digestion. She also noted that social interaction and being outside were good for sleep. I had to agree. That summer, each evening, we'd have our dinner and then, as a family, walk alongside the river, through the downtown. Older women often congregated in groups and danced in large circles. It was something akin to line-dancing, and they often pulled me into their group and laughed openly at my attempts to learn the moves. They were very sweet, never mocking, and there was something really lovely about being together like that each evening.
The four of us (their son attended the college where I taught) walked each night. The father and son walked side-by-side, often holding hands. The mother and I did the same, usually behind them. I was told that men often walk ahead of women in China not as a sign of power but to be on the lookout for danger and to protect the women. My Chinese mother and I would stroll together, our arms linked, and she would tell me about her day as a doctor, and I would tell her a little bit about America. Often, though, we didn't talk at all. We just walked, greeted neighbors, smiled at the antics of children and relaxed.
I will say, however, that I never saw anything quite as spectacular as the Chinese grandma in the video above! She's got moves. It just goes to show that daily movement does indeed keep us young.