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All hands on deck

Some stay fit by jogging or going for a walk. But in Zhengzhou the latest fad is to go for a crawl in the park. China Daily reports that the exercisers look to the untrained eye like “zombies”. But in fact they are crawling on the advice of traditional Chinese doctors, who believe in the beneficial effects of wandering around on their hands and feet. Lv Peiwan, a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine, said that crawling will take the pressure off the lumbar vertebrae and coordinate the body better around its core. Hence about 40 people regularly crawl around the park. “I have been doing this exercise for over six months. Apart from helping my neck, my blood pressure has also become normal. The person who started this exercise six years ago is now over 90 and in great health,” one devotee told China Daily. Whether it will catch on in parks beyond Henan province looks questionable. In the UK, for instance, crawls are popular enough – but only from pub to pub.

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