New Trend Community Exercise – Our Health Is Wealth.
With the promise I made in my first article to introduce as we go along new trends in exercise routines for over 40. Another new trend of ‘how to live a better life’ is community exercise. This is a really beneficial way of uniting people to a common goal. Also, it lends support for each other in many ways. It brings people together, become friends and a network to help and support each other. Achieve daily exercise goals especially when one is not as motivated as they are usually. It offers many other valuable benefits. Importantly as inclusion for those who are suffering from mental illnesses such as loneliness and depression. To simply being the glue to more cohesion within the community. While providing a better answer to the most important question we can how to live a better life.
What are you most grateful for in life
There is much to be thankful and grateful. Our fitness and health is our wealth without it we cannot experience a full life. Without them nothing else is achievable. The ancient civilization of China has realized this for more than a thousand years. Qigong developed as an exercise for daily. However, this further developed into a way of life and philosophy. Thus it is to this day practised in large numbers by the Chinese people and has withstood the test of time. As a topic, it is pertinent and beneficial to go into some further depth at a later stage.
What is Qigong (Chee gong)
It has its roots going back more than 4,000 years within many segments then and now within Chinese people and culture. Taking on many forms in that time and more recently (relatively speaking). Refers to a wide range of self-improvement and cultivation exercises. Which comprise breath, gas, air the relationship between energy, matter and spirit. It is the underlying principle underpinning of Chinese traditional medicine and martial arts. Gong (or Kung) is the cultivation or work. Including practice, mastery, skill, merit, service, result, achievement and accomplishment through great effort.
Qi and Gong combine as systems utilized to cultivate and balance life energy targeting health and well-being. Which as you recall has been our focus to achieve from the first article ‘exercise for the over 40’ from the start.
Qigong is made up of a wide array of practices that bring together body, breath and mind. It includes movement, massage, meditation including sound, chanting and non-contact treatments. Done through a broad range and variety of body postures. Categorized into two distinct divisions. The first is dynamic and incorporates slow flowing movements. In the second meditative through static positions concentrating on the intake and outtake of breath. From a therapeutic standpoint, there is the internal which concentrates on self-care and cultivation. While the external is though a therapist conducting the flow of Qi. There are many forms as much as 75 ancient and 56 contemporary. However, most fall under intellectual, spiritual, martial, medical and life-nourishing.
When viewed from the perspectives of health, exercise, philosophy or training in martial arts. The following principles jump out as general technique themes. They include intentional movement, awareness, visualization, rhythmic breathing and the chanting or sound. Additionally accepted are relaxation, solid stance, softness and balance/counterbalance techniques. With the main targeted goals being tranquillity, equanimity and stillness.
China in contemporary times has drifted away from Qigong focused on traditional spiritual attainment, philosophy and folklore to more of a focus on health benefits, alternative medicine, the martial arts and through a more scientific stance. Qigong is increasingly adopted by millions of people globally for its health benefits. Many practitioners remain to adhere to its traditional forms relying on its long-held longevity. Also, its continuing popularity as bearing the test of an extended period of time.
Gaining acceptance into Chinese universities
In contemporary Chinese medical assessments, it has gained acceptance into the curriculum of major universities. Thus viewed as being able to produce a specific psychophysiological state of being. Modern practitioners say that the physiological effects are many and include improved cardiovascular, respiratory and even neurophysiological functions. Even so, it is not according to conventional medicine which relies on best available evidence offering effectiveness and safety. There no recognized peer-reviewed scientific evidence establishing effectiveness for any specific medical conditions. Consequently, Qigong is not considered to be a part of mainstream medical practice.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Patient care as a whole within Qigong recognized as integrative medicine. While complimentary Qigong utilizing a non-mainstream approach combined with conventional medicine. The alternative is going down the path of non-mainstream approach as an alternative to conventional medicine. Qigong is practised by integrative medicine practitioners as an accompaniment to conventional medical treatment. Founded on complementary and alternative medicine a conventional understanding and exploration of the effectiveness and safety aspects of Qigong are ongoing. The long sought after quest in either describing and verifying the effects of Qigong by the scientists. Both branches are interested and concerned by exploring these effects to culminate in scientific theory. Also, pinpoint further research study in terms of traditional theory. The existence of Qi is yet to be peer verified in an experimental setting.
Benefits of Qigong
People elect to follow Qigong for a variety of reasons. Including exercise, recreation, relaxation, meditation, self-healing, preventative medicine, martial arts training and self-cultivation. These range from the physically challenged to top athletes. This is because it is low impact exercise that can be effected standing, lying or sitting. It is also applicable to and accessible to seniors, disabled people and those recovering from injuries.
In China Qigong is deemed as a standard medical technique and is routinely prescribed to that a wide array of clinical applications and conditions that include coronary artery disease, chronic liver diseases, tumours and cancers, cervical spondylosis, myopia, diabetes, Mellitus, obesity, peptic ulcers, menopause syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, lower back and leg pain and insomnia. In other countries outside China. It is used as an integrative medicine supporting and complementing acceptable medical treatment. Including fitness, rehabilitation, relaxation and specific conditions.
However, in the absence of acceptable high-quality evidence that it is actually effective for these conditions. Based on accepted systematic reviews and clinical research and trials. There is not enough evidence on its efficacy and using it as an accepted therapy for any medical condition.
There have been numerous claims that Qigong is able to ameliorate conditions in mental health. These include lessened stress reaction, enhanced mood and decreased depression and anxiety. Although the majority of medical studies have examined psychological factors as secondary aims. Albeit numerous studies show lower levels of a chemical hormone cortisol at a lower level. Cortisol production in the body is a well-known response to stress.
Cost and Safety
The costs associated with self-care with cost efficiencies generally considered high for group care. Typically, the expressions of caution associated with it are equivalent to any associated with any physical activity. Including the benefits of advisability on stretching to prevent the potential of injury and risk of muscle sprains or strains. With the safety normally found for use that runs beside when practising treatments through conventional medicine. With advice combining and consulting a physician to effect conventional treatment.
What Is A Community Exercise Program
There is sufficient material within the first two articles I have presented for you to set up your own groups within your communities to set up community exercise groups who will rely on and provide support to each other. A community that exercises together is a healthy community. There is also a very noble and altruistic goal. We integrate those with mental health issues and with disability back into the community. Literary becoming a lifeline for them without doing much other than including them into our daily exercise routine.
Mental issues have exploded in terms of numbers in the past few years most are suffering loneliness and depression. Who require the people within the community to provide friendship through a friendly inclusion into activities. Because a person is disabled does not mean that they are unable to participate in the exercise. Pretty soon you will have those that are recovering from injuries to those that have had a baby. What better than through the exercise for body and mind that we have discussed. We are armed with HiLIT and the exercise routines that can be incorporated. With an option to combine with the movement and mind exercises available at our disposal.
How does physical activity benefit the community
It benefits a community to enjoy activities and especially the type of activities we are discussing. It allows that community to be healthier and stronger for taking that route. There are fewer illnesses, community spirit, getting to know each other better, helping and supporting each other. Through the daily exercise, requirements to make for a lot healthier people within the community. That is far more valuable with many hidden benefits certainly more than meet the eye.
Why is it good to workout
It is only by working out daily that we are going to achieve our goals of sustainable fitness and health through our years. The better fluidity in our movement and agility helps us to go about our tasks with ease. Importantly it stops the mindset that we are unable to achieve as we strive to be productive and happier. Thus our lives are not diminished through the ageing process.
How do you find a fitness community
There are many already set up and if there aren’t any then we can set up our own. It is vital that there is this availability within the community. However, we must recognize that a lot of us live in disparate places. Though even neighbourhoods can set up small groups. Carrying out our exercises in this way is our only choice. and must be are preferred choice. It is essential that we exercise if we are to maintain ourselves into our advanced years.
How do I start a community fitness programs
By speaking with like-minded people and consolidating the information now at your disposal. Start and get all the logistics where you’re going to hold the activity, who you need to seek approvals from. Are you going to use a town or village hall, how are people going to get there. It’s not a complicated process and normally requires no funding. Start spreading the word once established for others to be aware who wish to join the activities. Take it forward from there and have fun while your exercising and when your not.
Thus a community-based exercise activity has many benefits and may prove valuable to the whole community to all things relating better health through exercise and how to live a better life on the pillars that exercise stands on regarding your body, its movement and a healthier mind to achieve it. I hope this has been an enjoyable read and sparked some ideas. Be the catalyst to urging all to take up what we must achieve to live healthy happy lives.
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