Qigong incorporates three main elements: physical postures, controlled breathing, and mental focus. Practising the slow, measured movements typical of the ancient Chinese practice have been shown to increase physical and mental well-being in a number of different ways. Here are just four reasons why you should take up Qigong today to ensure a stress-free and healthy 2017:
Sitting at your desk in the office all day can have a detrimental effect on your body’s circulation – something that the gentle movements of Qigong can help rectify. Qigong exercises can stimulate and strengthen both the blood and lymph circulation systems, which in turn can improve the body’s ability to heal itself and increase body functions and range of movement for people suffering from chronic conditions.
People who regularly take part in strenuous cardiovascular activity are not the only ones to pick up injuries here and there. Unfortunately, a strained muscle, a jarred joint or a stretched ligament can happen in the most innocuous of circumstances. Regular practice of Qigong can be an effective preventative measure in avoiding such injuries. Its movements encourage practitioners to improve their balance, to move, fall and turn safely, and to understand their physical limitations.
The pace of modern life might often leave us feeling exhausted, but there is a multitude of distractions which can still prevent us from getting a good, restful night’s sleep. The meditative aspects of the practice can help pacify an overactive mind, combating the symptoms and underlying cause of insomnia, while research has suggested that those who practice Qigong are able to experience a better quality of sleep than those taking medication.
The incorporation of mental focus and controlled, deep breathing in Qigong can help to relieve stress and improve overall mental health. For example, studies have revealed that Qigong can decrease anxiety significantly for participants compared to those who partake in more active exercise. With one in four people experiencing mental health problems annually, this simple activity can be a powerful remedy.
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Managing stress and anxiety through qigong exercise in healthy adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials