I have long believed that continuous practice of kung fu and/or tai chi would help one maintain a healthy long life. The article Kung Fu Granny by Chieu Luu and Nanlin Fang published by CNN on February 19, 2017 reinforced this belief. Zhang Hexian, a 93-year-old grandmother started practicing kung fu when she was four and still wakes up at 5 a.m. to practice each morning. She has been practicing kung fu for 89 years. Kung fu has been a tradition in her family for more than 300 years.
Ms. Zhang says “to have good body you need to exercise and keep a positive attitude”. She credits kung fu, plenty of sleep and a healthy diet for keeping her healthy. She has never had to go to a hospital. Zhang, who lives in China’s southeastern Zhejiang province says all of her family members have learned kung fu. She believes it instills discipline and strength. She also feels it is a good way to learn self defense. I personally have been practicing either tai chi or kung fu several times a week for over 25 years and I feel great. Hopefully I can also keep doing it until I am 93.
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