How To Live A Better Life – Do Community Exercise

New Trend Community Exercise – Our Health Is Wealth.

With the promise I made in my first article to introduceHow To Live A Better Life 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 Practices

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.


Contemporary Qigong

China in contemporary times has drifted away from Qigong focused on traditional spiritual attainment, How To Live A Better Lifephilosophy 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

Popular Use

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 techniqueHowTo Live A BetterLife 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.


Mental Health

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.


Community Exercise

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 How to Live A Better Lifeyour 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 How To Live A Better Lifeour 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


How To Live A Better LifeBy 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 How To Live A Better Lifeand 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.

Please contact me through the contact details found above for any clarifications or any further information required. Also please leave a comment regarding your thoughts and views so far into the journey to our goals in the comments below.  Until the next article here is wishing you happy and safe exercising. The very best to you all.



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28 thoughts on “How To Live A Better Life – Do Community Exercise”

  1. I love the idea of a community exercise group. I think I’m not alone in saying that unless I have someone pushing me, exercise often doesn’t happen. I have fads when I’m self-motivated but they don’t usually last for too long.

    Qigong sounds interesting. Honestly, I find the old Chinese culture really fascinating and rich! They definitely did things differently to the West!

    Anyway I’m off to arrange my own community exercise group!

    • Hello Hollie,

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and leaving your kind comment. I apologize for being tardy in answer only I was on a trip and encountered some lap top issues. Indeed doing things in numbers help in supporting each other which motivates us in keeping to exercise our routines. Yes Qigong is very interesting and especially in that the Chinese consider it to be a way of life as opposed to just exercise, good observation by you.

      Thank you so much again for your visit and kindly leaving your comment.


  2. The impact community exercises has is so often overlooked or even worse, undermined. A very close observation has revealed that community exercise actually improves the overall bond of the people in that particular community. Perhaps, the rest of the world can take a cue from the Chinese practiced Qigong. It is no surprise that after many years, it has become an important aspect of their lives. Thanks 

    • Hello Rhian,

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and leaving your kind comment. I apologize for being tardy in answer only I was on a trip and encountered some lap top issues. Yes you are absolutely correct as I alluded to in the article the benefits of community based exercise are not only exercise but also support and cohesion in that they include those who are handicapped for example and involve them in community activities such as exercise.

      Thank you for your visit and leaving a comment.


  3. Many thanks to you for giving us such a beautiful article and I learned about the importance of community exercise through you. Most people in our society do not practice community exercise and I think this is very important . But Chinese civilization understood this 4000 years ago, and they emphasized the practice of teamwork. I thought after reading your article I would do community exercises from now on and discuss the content of your articles with my friends. And I think you really need this article and I ask for permission to share your article, and I think if I share this article on social media, many will know about it.

    • Hi Shanta,

      Thank you so much for visiting and reading my new article.

      The Chinese new a thing or two and so did India unfortunately India’s

      records were expunged and so there is very little left but we do know exercise

      existed there in ancient times just as the Chinese which I have woven

      into the thread for information purposes as I have introduced similar but

      modern methods. You can share whatever you like with your friends.

      Thank you for your kind comment and visit again.


  4. Hi Rami. Thank you for a very thorough and informative article. I am especially interested in exercise to improve mental health and soothe depression. I also think that exercising together as a community can be very encouraging, but sadly, some of us are living in very dangerous neighbourhoods where this kind of activities are just not possible. Any advice?

    • Hello Francis,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in reply as I was on an extended trip and had technical problems with my laptop. I am glad you are interested in regular exercise and it can certainly be very beneficial to do so communally. it is unfortunate indeed that some neighborhoods are not conducive to this. Normally however there are always church halls that are safe and they normally have very good ties with the town or city halls that may be able to accommodate you, where there is a will there is a way is the saying. Thank you so much again for visiting and leaving a comment and I hope you find a safe place for exercise activities.


  5. Great article!  I have never heard of Qigong before but I could see this being implemented at Senior Centers with the elderly.  Not only would it create a time for them to get together and help some of the loneliness that goes along with being elderly, but it is an exercise that is easy for all of them to do, no matter what their physical capabilities are.  

    Thank you for educating me on this exercise.  I will keep my eye out for classes for my parents.


    • Hi Karen,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in reply as I was on an extended trip and had technical problems with my laptop. Qigong is a great way to do exercise only it is not the only way straightforward low impact exercises combined with movement and mind exercises are the way forward.

      Thank you for visiting and your kind comments.


  6. You said it all when you say that health is your wealth! Exercise has so many benefits to the mind and body! If we have a community that exercises together they can combat problems that are common in our society today such as loneliness, depression and poor mobility and health. Being fit is a great state of mind as well as body and as a community, being fit means that it benefits all. I love that. Good article.  

    • Hi Patricia,

      Thank you for visiting and offering your views

      regarding what you read in the article, You really

      understood and captured the essence of what I was


      Thank you again for your comment.


  7. The benefits of community exercise are clearly enormous and it appears that the Chinese were very quick to take advantage of this. It’s a good thing that you’ve taken time to put this together. Perhaps, this can serve as a wake up call for all to see the important role community exercise plays in our personal development. I’m glad you shared.

    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in reply as I was on an extended trip and had technical problems with my laptop. Yes community exercise is indeed very beneficial and you will see it becoming more prevalent as more people are made aware through reading articles such as this one.

      Thank you for taking the time to visit and leaving your kind words in commenting.


  8. I always wanted to try a Tia Chi group class outdoors. I have head of Qigong but never studied it.  Mediation is definitely one of the many ways to achieve a better life.  It just makes you feel better emotionally.  Doing it with a group outdoors in mother nature would make it even better.  I will look for classes in my neighborhood.  This post really motivated me.  I have seen many books on Qigong in the book store.  Maybe I’ll pick one up and learn about it.

    • Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in reply as I was on an extended trip and had technical problems with my laptop. I am glad that you find the article motivational. It does not have to be Qigong as a low impact exercise such as Hillit combined with movement and mind exercises are the way forward. However the objectives are those and if you are interested to do them with Qigong then please do as the objectives are the same.

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment.


  9. Thank you so much for sharing with us such a beautiful article. I am glad to see your article. We all exercise to lead a better life. I have no idea about Community Exercise because most of the people in our society do not practice community exercise. But after I reading your article I know about community exercise. I think this is very important and will benefit everyone. This is very good for our Mental Health and Safety. From now on I will do community exercises and get everyone ready for community exercises. A very good article with useful information, one of the best I have read.Thanks for sharing. If you don’t mind, I will share this article on my social media account. Good luck!

    • Hello,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in reply as I was on an extended trip and had technical problems with my laptop. You are very kind and I am glad you intend to become an organizer of community exercise in your community as I advice. Of course you can share this article with your friends. Good luck with your good efforts.

      Thank you again for visiting and leaving your very kind words in comment.


  10. Community exercise has become a common strategy to fight against socially well-recognized health issues like obesity and cardiovascular diseases (It always will be cheaper and easier to prevent these issues than remedy them).

    When we do exercise as part of a community, we get better results as it’s easy to keep comfortable and be sustainable in time. Thanks a lot for raining awareness in regard to this important practice through your post!

    There are proven benefits related to the practice of disciplines like Qigong. Do you know about any tool, probably online or not, to identify groups of practitioners and meeting location? 

    • Hello,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in my reply as I was on an extended trip and faced technical issues with my laptop. Yes you are right community strategy is being used as a strategy to fight against recognized social health issues for its effectiveness. The internet is the best tool to find out if there are practitioners or meeting locations near you.

      Thank you for visiting and leaving your kind comments.


  11. Living a better and healthier life is no doubt doing the necessary things in life that will keep our body and soul in one piece. Things like exercising, joining a community of like-minded people in terms of staying fit is seriously something to consider. This really can get rid of depression and bring about peace of mind.

    • Hello Leon,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in my reply as I was on an extended trip and faced technical issues with my laptop. Yes it has proven to be a great leveler in reintroducing people within the community with these issues as well as with disabilities which has enriched their lives as well as the community they are part of.

      Thank you again for your visit and your kind comments.


  12. I’ve not heard of Qigong but from reading about its history and its health benefit makes me want to take part in the practice. Indeed, getting involved in martial art for its health benefit is really a good thing just like Tai chi. But where can I involve myself in the practicing of Qigong? I’ve learnt a lot from this.

    • Hello James,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in my reply as I was on an extended trip and faced technical issues with my laptop. I am glad that the article has inspired you. In the event you cant find a place near you to get involved from n internet search than the following articles on this website will introduce you to a new exercise routine called HilliT and combined with movement and mind exercises is what I recommend.

      Thank you for your visit and kind comments.


  13. Very much grateful for this well written article. You really educated us on the importance of living a healthy life by doing community exercise. I personally learnt a lot about Qigong and i’m thinking of joining a group that practice it. 

    The article was well written and easy to understand

    Thanks for your effort

    • Hello Edward,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I must apologize for being tardy in my reply as I was on an extended trip and faced technical issues with my laptop. I am glad that my article has inspired you to investigate further the world of exercise.

      Thank you for your comments and kind words.


  14. Great article about Qigong Rami:
    I practiced for a while years ago with a tiny group of people, but the Mentor moved away and our goup was dissolved. I have also practiced Tai Chi Chuan but the group was dissolved as well.
    I have tried practicing on my own since down here there is very little interest upon the subject, due mainly to lack of information about it.
    I will be a constant reader of your interesting blogs my friend.
    With my best regards:

    • Hi Eugenio,
      Thank you so much for your kind words
      and support. I am sending you the exercise
      routine for a Hillit workout which we have discussed
      previously as we get older a low impact as opposed to a
      high impact is more suitable. Hopefully it may give you some ideas
      to incorporate into your daily routine.
      Thank you so much for your support again


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