Let’s Get Physical…Hong Kong!
While you might get away with labeling the millions of Hong Kong people who eat 3 square take-away meals a day as being lazy or of being shamefully incapable of lifting a finger in the name of fitness, no such thing can be said for the thousands of ‘aunties’ and ‘uncles’ getting physical every day at the crack of dawn. It’s great to see old people out there doing something. If I had one criticism though, and I do, it’d be about their penchant for loud, blaring ‘workout’ music as pumped through reverberating and surprisingly loud mini boomboxes, mp3 players with nasty, nasally sounding speakers and small playing units mic’d up to larger speakers…in the park. Why? Because that’s their park, not yours…and because they can’t hear it unless it’s turned up slightly louder than a 6 man jackhammer team…and because loud music really gets their arms flailing in all sorts of positive, therapeutic and crazy styles that you never would have thought would be physically useful.
Take a look at this home workout training video highlights package to the tune of Olivia Newton John’s Physical. Just what the doctor ordered.
What’s good about old people in Hong Kong exercising like this is that it’s about the only time during the day (apart from when they’re sleeping) when they aren’t screaming their lungs out on mobile phones or yelling at each other while they idly chit chat about their latest toilet paper purchase, arm flailing workout routine or restaurant special promotion. They do substitute that down time…that relative quiet time, with fairly aggravating exercise music though…but again you have to remember that it’s their park.
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