It is well-known by now that a regular exercise regime is an important part of health. By moving our bodies, we are moving our energies and hence prevent blockages. It keeps our heart healthy, and is a major factor in controlling chronic diseases like Diabetes. Still, many Americans don't get the exercise they need. They spend hours sitting in front of computers, televisions and work desks, often in poor ergonomic positions, and over the months and years, the substantial blockages that build up under these conditions lead to painful ailments and health problems. Just 30 minutes of exercise a day can prevent many common ailments, and help in managing stress.
Meditation is another useful tool in balancing the body and alleviating stress. There are many different forms of meditation, and not all require you to sit still for extended periods while calming your mind. Tai Chi and Qi Gong are both forms of moving meditations, which means that you meditate while you exercise. During moving meditation, you focus your mind on every move and every breath and every body part, bringing the three realms of body, mind and soul together. Yoga is another form of movement that helps in calming the mind while gently exercising the body. Moving meditations are great for people who have a hard time with the still meditations and an overactive mind.
Starting a regular exercise regime is not as difficult as it seems. Here are some tips:
- Start going for a brisk 15-minute walk after dinner, and if you have time after lunch, do the same. Evening walks are a great way to get kids involved in exercise as well!
- At work, get up every hour and move around a bit. Make sure to move all your joints, especially the neck and shoulder areas, since this is where a lot of tension is held.
- Find an exercise buddy and commit to an evening walk or short weekend hikes. It is much easier to stay motivated to exercise if you have a partner to do it with!
- Check out your local community center or check with your health care provider for Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga classes in your area. It is a great way to stay healthy and make new friends.
- Make your exercise goals realistic, and think baby steps. It is much easier to do a 10-minute walk regularly after meals than it is to start with a plan to go work out for an hour at the gym every day. Setting your goals smaller and slowly building them up helps you develop good habits much easier, and you don't set yourself up for failure by trying to accomplish too much too soon.