02/09/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Elderly Chinese Use "Outdoor Gym" To Power TVs

Six exercise bikes lined up in the street of Beijing's Fengtei district look in this video clip like toys with their bright purple and chartreuse components, and the senior citizens riding the bikes certainly don't seem like they are trying to get anywhere fast - in the clip they are barely pushing the pedals hard enough to keep the bikes in motion.

But these retirees are proud that they are not only getting exercise to maintain their health - they are also generating around 180 watts of power per hour, saved to a row of batteries that are later dropped off to low-income local residents to run TVs and other electric devices. It's senior power at its best.

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