I spent the weekend helping my dad with his garage to workshop conversion.
Mostly fixing 8′ X 4′ sheets of plasterboard on the walls and ceiling.
I enjoyed getting out from in front of this computer and using ‘Man Tools’ for a change. There’s something good about being in work clothes and wielding drills, hammers, saws etc.
Feels good to use your hands to make something.
So, you’re possibly thinking:
“That’s all very nice for you Marcus, but what’s this got to do with me and my Qigong practice?”
Easy tiger, I was just setting the scene for today’s important message.
My dad’s nearly 70 and he’s still as strong as an ox, but kneeling down and getting back up again, well let’s just say it’s becoming a challenge.
So anything that needs doing below knee level is my department.
I’ve met, learned from and seen a lot of people my dad’s age in the martial arts and Qigong world. The were still in great shape.
- Jumping up and down.
- Doing break-falls.
- Moving and bending with grace and poise.
And they all had one thing in common, despite what art they practiced.
Would you like me to tell you what it is?
The all ‘used’ their bodies physically – every single day.
They practiced every day and their practice involved their whole body through a full range of motion.
Let’s just say it’s been quite a while since my dad did and it’s starting to take its toll. I’ve spoken to him about the benefits of exercise, but he won’t listen to me.
As much as he loves his son there’s nothing I can say that will change him, it’s kinda sad, but that’s the type of guy he is.
- How often do you eat?
- How often do you sleep?
- How often do you wash?
So don’t you think you should use your body every day too?
If you can’t find 15 to 30 minutes each day to exercise you should take a close look at your life.
Qigong is powerful way to benefit your Three Treasures:
- Jing – Your physical body.
- Qi – Your energy.
- Shen – Your Mind/Soul/Consciousness
But I’d also recommend that you dedicate some time to pure physical exercise.
And I’m not talking about ‘no pain, no gain’ and ‘feel the burn’ type exercise. I mean things like:
- A brisk walk.
And so on.
Ever heard of Fauja Singh?
He ran the 2012 London Marathon when he was 101 and get this… he only started running in his 80’s.
Jack Lalanne, my new hero, aged 70 towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary. A distance of 1.5 miles.
Pretty impressive for a 70 year old. But awe inspiring when you realise he was handcuffed and shackled at the time.
Age is just a number and starting an active lifestyle doesn’t have to be daunting.
So, If you’re like the vast majority of people who haven’t done any regular physical exercise since you started work then Qigong is a great place to start.
I’d recommend you use my book: Shaolin Chi Kung – 18 Exercises To Help You Live A Longer, Healthier And Happier Life as a guide to help you.
Plus on page 128 you’ll find a short section titled: How to live for 120 years and on page143 you’ll be able to do an important little exercise that will change forever your view on ageing. It did for me.
You see, it’s not compulsory to become weak and infirm in old age.
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Live long and prosper =)