The art of poi has been practiced by the Maori of New Zealand for hundreds of years, but there has never been any scientific research on its potential health benefits. A new research study put 80 older adults to the test, measuring their physical and cognitive function before and after learning International Poi, a style of poi practiced worldwide. After one month of lessons, participants improved their balance, grip strength, memory, and attention. These results cover some of the hallmarks of frailty, making poi a promising tool for improving quality of life in old age. It’s time to put a new spin on ageing, and for the world to follow new Zealand back to the practice of poi and forward to a healthier future.