The Olympics renews the focus on fitness, agility and health. In Beijing that focus is ongoing and there're lots of places to go. There are morning exercises in parks. Every district has gyms and sports centers. Keeping fit in Beijing is easy and convenient.
How do Chinese people exercise? Every morning, every park in Beijing is filled with people doing morning exercises. It's quite normal. There's fresh air. There's a place to show off all the tricks you've just mastered and get a fresh start to the day. So if you're an early bird, join in.
Practising Taichi is also a favorite exercise among people in Beijing. If you head for the parks and plazas, chances are you'll discover ranks of people practicing the ancient art. Taichi has a five hundred-year history in China. It incorporates kungfu and ancient medical practices. It strengthens the body and serves as an exercise in self defense.
Beijing has many Taichi clubs where people can train. Yang Songquan teaches the Chen school of Taichi, which is believed to be the founding form. He holds classes every day in Beihai park. Yang says his students benefit greatly from the ancient controlled movements. He cites cases of illnesses being cured. If you've tried it at home, or it's something you've always want to try join a Taichi class. There're lots to choose from.