Friday, February 29, 2008

Squatting and standing as a good form of exercise

In my post about qigong, I mentioned wall-squatting which is usually practised by zhineng qigong enthusiasts daily. It is actually very good for maintaining health.

In this post, I would like to discuss squatting and standing alternately as a form of exercise. It is in fact part 3 of the 3-1-2 Acupuncture Meridian Exercise widely promoted in China. The second exercise consists of breathing in and out with concentration on Dantian (meridian point three fingers below the navel) and it is known as abdominal breathing. The first is a bit tricky as it involves pressing or massaging three meridian or acupuncture points. One of these is between the forefinger and the thumb called ‘Hegu’ and another is in the middle of the calf called ‘Zusanli’. The third one is below the wrist called ‘Neiguan’.

To do squatting, start from standing position and slowly squat down while stretching both arms parallel to the ground, palms facing downwards. Then rise slowly to the standing position, still with the arms stretching forward and palms facing the ground. Start day 1 with 10 times’ squatting and standing alternately. Increase to 20 times the next day and so on. Some can do up to 1000 times. However, don’t over exert yourself. 100 times of this form of exercise per day will do wonders to your health.

One of the benefits of this form of exercise is stamina building. You will find that you won’t feel tired even if you have to work for a long period of time during the day. Mostly importantly, you are alert all the time.

This is the health tip I like to share with you today.
Happy squatting and standing for your health.

1 comment:

fwidman said...

I'm sure this is an excellent exercise, but, since I have a really bad back and hips, I shall pass LOL