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Fist Bump Your Way to Better Health

By Expatmum @tonihargis
So - there's a new study that reveals - gasp, shock, horror - that shaking hands spreads a lot of germs. It advises that a high five, or preferably, a fist bump, is the healthier way to greet people.
Healthier for some maybe, but have you actually tried fist-bumping anyone? I have more chance of breaking a knuckle or two than hitting the mark. My kids fist bump each other nonchalantly while I, if I allow myself to engage, have to concentrate on getting said fist in the right place, and then hope to god my hand emerges with all nerves and knuckles intact. I view it more as a form of minor torture.
It's supposed to look like this -
Fist Bump your way to Better HealthKnuckles aligned, hopefully a moderate speed on the approach and no massive rings. 
And besides, I'm a white woman of a certain age, the mother of three children and a paragon of boring respectability. (OK, not a paragon as such, but respectable all the same.) What am I going to look like if I go around fist-bumping everyone from the new assistant school principal to the local Alderman? A pillock who's trying too hard, that's what. Not to mention a source of excruciating embarrassment to my children (Oh wait - that's my job nest-ce pas?)
Certain people seem to do it all the time and get cleanly away with it, (mentioning no names, but....)
Fist Bump your way to Better Health
Fist Bump your way to Better HealthYou can take that ring off before you fist-bump me, Mr. President. 
If you're going to adopt this method of greeting others, I advise first practicing with a close friend or loved one, who won't fall about the kitchen laughing at your pathetic attempts.
And these two have definitely been putting in the practice hours -
Fist Bump your way to Better Health
I wonder if the Ball & Chain would be up for a few.

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