Do you remember “Peas-Porridge Hot” from when you were a kid or had your own children? It is a series of hand movements that follow a pattern. They’re rhythmic, active and silly, all the best components of brain-based exercise.
Also, because we do the moves fast while we’re standing, they involve the whole body, so will result in a mild increase in heart-rate and respiratory rate (your breathing). If you’re reading this in a place where you can’t use the video, these are the moves:
Stand with your legs hip-width apart. Start by lightly slapping the front of your thighs with your palm(1), clapping your hands in front of your chest(2), and then pressing both palms straight out in front of you (3) and coming back to another clap(4).
You do this twice, saying the words, “Peas Porridge hot, Peas Porridge cold. The hand movements match the rhythm of the rhyme, Peas(1), Porridge(2), hot(3), clap(4) – Peas(1), Porridge(2), cold(3), clap(4).
Next, you repeat the thigh slap(1), the front clap, and then push your right hand across your body to the left ,clap again(2) and push with your left hand across to the right. Clap again(3) and push both palms straight out in front(4). You repeat the whole hand sequence again, finishing the rhyme: Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in the pot, nine days old.