Qigong has numerous benefits to seniors. The body is made to move – we come from a hunter-gatherer background. Qigong will get you moving. The first step is to take action which you’ve already done by getting to this post. Qi (pronounced “chee” like “gee’ with a “ch” instead of a “g”) is our life force. The vital energy that keeps us alive is our Qi. Gong means “a skill achieved through practice”. The gentle, rhythmic movements of Qigong reduce stress, build stamina, increase vitality, and enhance the immune system. It has also been found to improve cardiovascular, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic and digestive functions. The video below “Draw Up Earth Qi” shows you some exercises that will provide some of the above benefits to seniors. These movements will be better for you than watching TV or having a big meal.
Qigong has many benefits for its users. I don’t know if any of you remember joining the Vic Tanney line of gyms that gave you “lifetime” membership for a fee – what they didn’t tell you was that they meant the “lifetime” of the company which was short lived. You paid your money & got stiffed. No worry with qigong. No expensive gym – clothes or even supplements needed. It has its roots in ancient China where people did not have a lot of material goods. The secrets were passed down from generation to generation – no fees involved. Below I have a video with free qigong exercises for your enjoyment and enlightenment. Some people look but never get started. Some people get started & quit. Some people get started & get into it. Some people – like my younger son’s friend Tiffany – “really get into it.” To see what I mean go here – Step by step tai chi with Tiffany Chen
Qigong has many benefits for seniors – juniors & everybody in between. The most obvious benefit is movement. Your body is made to move – movement is life. When the blood stops flowing life stops. By learning how Qigong benefits seniors & then actually starting & continuing the exercises (which by the way are not hard strenuous) you’ll be prolonging your life. “Chee” gong is a system of physical exercise & breathing control related to tai chi. It combines physical forms with controlled breathing & mind focus.