运动 (yùndòng) Exercise

Cong Yan doing 40kg stone exercises

Just three years ago, 1.63m tall Cong Yan weighed in at 115kg. The fear of obesity prompted him to make the decision to lose weight by exercising.

Starting off with a 30kg stone on his head, Cong began taking three kilometre walks. Now, Cong can easily walk three kilometres, perform two martial arts sets, and climb 50 steps up and down six times, all with an upgraded 40kg stone block—and has reduced his weight to 85kg!

While the man is a marvel of what the human body can do, here at Fundarin Chinese we certainly don’t recommend following in Cong Yan’s footsteps (Do you want no neck? Because that’s how you get no neck 😛 ) If you are going to train your body, might we suggest some less harmful 运动 (yùndòng) exercises, instead? You could:

打篮球 (dǎ lánqiú) play basketball

打网球 (dǎ wǎngqiú) play tennis

打羽毛球 (dǎ yǔmáoqiú) play badminton

打乒乓球 (dǎ pīngpāngqiú) play table tennis

踢足球 (tī zúqiú) play soccer

跳舞 (tiàowǔ) dance

游泳 (yóuyǒng) swim

跑步 (pǎobù) go for a run

散步 (sànbù) go for a walk

Pretty much do anything except put a boulder on your head, really …

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