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Qi What for Fitness and Health?

Qigong is a form of exercise, relaxation and meditation connecting your mind, body and spirit. I am fortunate enough to have a group that practises close by, that is not only in the perfect beachside location, it’s completely free of cost.

I practise Qi gong at the beach early in the morning

Benefits of Qi Gong Practice

It turns out Qigong is excellent for energy building in older people and any age with limited mobility. Through gentle controlled movements and breathing, Qigong may improve balance, promote greater mental focus, lower stress and anxiety, and decrease chronic disease risk.

Who would not want those kinds of benefits?

Though Qigong significantly aids the elderly or those in rehabilitation after hospitalization, injury or surgery, the gentle and controlled movement of Qigong has advantages for any age.

It claims to ease depression and lower blood sugar although scientific evidence of this benefit is lacking,

How Does Qigong Foster Well-Being

Specific movements aim to cleanse the twelve meridians of the body from blockages that are believed to cause ill health. Qigong has been used in Asia in rehabilitation after surgeries to help the body and mind return to health and nourish the spirit.

Qigong can harmonise, strengthen, and have a healing effect on the functioning of all the internal organs and bodily systems. It increases the supply and flow of energy throughout the body, can have a variety of rejuvenating effects and is believed to increase longevity, inducing a calm mental and emotional state.

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Active qigong uses controlled, slow movements that are completed in a standing posture, and mainly involves the arms and upper body, so are simple enough even for the elderly while passive qigong involves stillness and calm breathing similar to traditional meditation.

Qigong includes repeating gentle, coordinated movements to promote blood and lymphatic drainage, balance, muscle strength and flexibility, and a greater awareness of one’s body in space (known as proprioception) (3Trusted Source).

Many people experience benefits that include:

  • Clarity of the mind and body
  • More energy and vitality
  • Physical challenge symptoms reversed or disappeared
  • Younger appearance
  • Stabilised emotions
  • Calm and peaceful feelings
  • Higher levels of awareness and wellness

For four months last year, I committed to practising Qigong three times a week. Not only did I feel an increased sense of serenity and calm, I also felt I had much more strength in the upper body and an improved sense of balance, (so vital in older persons)

Additionally, there was another spin-off I wasn’t expecting.

It seems I felt able to deal with life’s challenges in a more balanced, confident way after several months of consistent practice – over three sessions a week, as opposed to one or even two, which did not seem as significant, or at least, as noticeable.

It could be an unhappy coincidence, but there’s been an associated slide backwards in emotional resilience since I injured my back last year and have been unable to complete this morning ritual, or exercise of any kind – until this week when I started attending the beachside group once again.

Perhaps, I have become a little dependent on this meditative form of exercise, at least in an emotional sense?

I guess there are worse things to become reliant on, right?

UPDATE:

As several people seem interested who don’t have groups nearby, there is always youtube. And it is nothing religious as one of my neighbours initially thought. That is Falun Gong – something entirely different, I think.

There are many resources and live demos on YouTube; short and long. Choose one that speaks to you.

This is one I recommend for beginners. It is not too long nor too strenuous but too will feel the calming effect immediately.

https://youtu.be/c

If the link to the Silk Brocade QiGong Practice doesn’t work, copy and paste this URL https://youtu.be/c

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38 thoughts on “Qi What for Fitness and Health?”

  1. Qigong is soo good for you. I had a qigong master and I also had private healing sessions. I credit my Master and qigong for saving my life from Lymes Disease. I had it and it went undiagnosed for 28 years. Western doctors said I was terminal. Then I discovered qigong. Lymes isn’t even detectable in my body anymore and it is something that should always be there.

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    1. An amazing story, Cee! A fantastic validation of the benefits around this kind of mind-body-spirit connection. One of the leaders of the Qi gong group I attend is 86 years old and although she does have a few health issues – eye problems and such like, she is fitter and healthier than some who are 30 years her junior. Very little arthritis. How often do you practice?

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          1. Not if it is caught early. People who get undiagnosed die from some sort organ damage which lymes untreaded caused. Lymes actually changed DNA as it integrates into the body. That’s why it is so hard to detect if you didn’t catch it early. I’m the only one I know who lived with Lymes undiagnosed for 28 years.

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            1. It is rather amazing, albeit damaging that Lymes changes DNA! I don’t know a lot about it but am thinking it is something to do with a tick bite in the country?
              Just googled it and a government site says that we are fortunate that there is very little evidence Australian ticks have the bacteria that causes Lymes. I do remember a friend who trekked through Norway mentioned she had picked it up there.
              It is lucky you found something holistic that rid you of Lymes as it sounds like an insidious nasty infection with serious complications. Could it recur or is it gone for good?

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    1. Hi Donna and welcome to Something to Ponder About. I had not heard of Qi gong before I moved to this location. I used to walk my dog along the beach and see this group doing exercises every day and thought – that looks interesting. The bonus was that it was all free and the group is self-renewing. People come and go but because of the beautiful location, the flexible nature of the group and the social aspect of a cup of coffee and chat afterwards, it has been going for 9 years!
      I hope you feel tempted to try it should you come across a group. There are plenty of youtube videos too.

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    1. When people don’t have answers to medical problems, they turn to holistic medicine and treatments for answers and many of them are so beneficial and like Qigong, not invasive at all.

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  2. That is very interesting! I was just starting to learn tai chi when I was injured. I can no longer stand for any length of time but I’ve tried seated tai chi a couple of times. There was a little too much repetition of hugging the tree for me, it killed my shoulders, but I’ve found another source and plan to try it again. I will search on Qigong as well to see what might be available.

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    1. I hope you will give it a go, Donna. It is so gentle, so meditative, I feel sure you’ll like it. Less intensive than Taichi, I cannot recommend it more highly as we get older.

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  3. I’ve heard of this but not really any details. It sounds like it could be beneficial to me and there are classes in my area although I’ve missed the start of this term. I’ll consider trying it later in the year – thank you!

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  4. I’m not familiar with Qigong. It sounds like something I could use, both in a literal and figurative way. Thanks for the information and the YouTube clip.

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  5. This is very interesting. So many different disciplines of fitness which aren’t mainstream but beneficial. I read up more on Qi Gong after having read your post.

    Thank you for sharing.

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