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You do not have to do strenuous exercise to reap the anti-aging benefits of working out, you are better off trying Oriental exercise. Some anti-aging experts believe they are better for you, as prolonged and strenuous exercise can increase the production of free radicals and stress hormones which can caused damage to the body by destroying essential proteins and DNA.Youth and Long Life

It is well-known that mild to moderate exercise, such as Oriental exercise, increases your energy levels making you feel more active energetic and younger. The best anti-aging Oriental exercises are yoga, Tai chi and qigong which benefit the body mind and spirit.

These exercises are known to be excellent for reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, improving the circulation, strengthening the muscles and the lungs, strengthening the immune system, and generally increasing feelings of general well being.

To get the best out Oriental exercise you should be physically and mentally prepared.

Even though these exercises are fun and easy to perform it is important to do them properly to acquire the full anti-aging benefits.

You should get a book from your local library and get familiar with these exercises. Once you have a general understanding of the subject, you should consider enrolling in a class to learn the postures from a qualified teacher.

It is important that you are relaxed before you start exercising. Wear loose and comfortable clothing and avoid exercise just before or after a meal.

One of the best times to practice is early in the morning, because your body will be more relaxed and can easily assimilate the benefits of the exercise. Find a quiet place to exercise, somewhere you are not going to be disturbed.

You should warm up first to reduce stress and exercise safely.

If you do not have much time you can perform these relaxation and meditation exercises on their own, or they can be used as a metal warm-up for the main exercise. Warm up to prevent muscle and joint strain and focus your mind so that it can obtain the full benefits of the mental part of the workout. To start stand up straight with both feet slightly apart and firmly on the ground with your chin took in, your arms hanging by your side. And smile, the action of smiling stimulates the muscles and nerves of the face which in turn leads to feelings of general well-being. This is the basic standing posture.

Breed slowly for a few minutes while concentrating on calming thoughts. Each breath of air reaches the depths of your lungs and rejuvenates you little by little.

Close your eyes if this helps you concentrate. Now lift your arms up to your chest with elbows slightly bent and palms facing towards you, as if you are about to give yourself a big hug. Stay in this position and continue your meditation by imagining problems such as tiredness, stress, everyday worries and illness are slowly melting away and gradually disappearing. Your body is getting stronger, healthier and younger. You really must put your mind to work and actively think about what you are doing.

Fight illness and ageing from within.

This simple qigong exercise called “the sea of longevity”, increases the production of enkephalins, brain chemicals which stimulate the secretion of growth hormones, known as the master anti-ageing hormone.

Start by putting yourself in the basic standing posture and turn your palms to face the floor. Remember to keep that smile on your face. Bend your elbows slightly and bring your hands gently upwards, together, up to the level of your chest as if they are floating in warm water. Breath in slowly during this movement. Then lower your hands slowly back down to hip level, while breathing out. Although this exercise may look easy there is more to it than meets the eye. You must concentrate on elegance of movement, your breathing pattern, and most importantly, your thoughts. Imagine that you are floating in a sea of warm and pleasant water which reaches all parts of your body and fights aging, this visualization technique is a powerful mind stimulant. Visualizing yourself slowly getting healthier and younger with every movement. Repeat six times for maximum benefit.

Tai chi and qigong the age fighting exercise.

This exercise will help to improve your joint flexibility, sense of balance, and muscle strength, as well as stimulating your brain to produce relaxing and natural chemicals, such as endorphins and DHEA, another anti-aging hormone. Start from the basic standing posture and concentrate on your breathing. While breathing in, raise your arms straight in front of you up to shoulder level. Let your hands relaxed and drop downward during this movement. Bend your knees gently while lowering your arms all the way down with the palms of your hands now facing outwards, away from you, i.e. fingertips pointing to the sky. Breathe out during this movement. Straighten your knees and repeat several times. Concentrate on two sequences of movements and try to perform the exercise without interruptions.

Take years off your appearance and improve your memory with yoga.

There are many different yoga positions, but we are going to concentrate on just one exercise for you to try. Lie flat on your back. Raise your legs all the way up, while supporting your waist with your bent arms. Your body is supported by your head, shoulders, arms and elbows. Nothing else should be touching the floor. Keep your legs and spine straight. Breathe slowly and concentrate for a few minutes. When you finish, bend your knees and slowly allow your hips to fall back to the floor. They call this posture “the shoulder stand” and it helps improve the circulation to the head for better memory, brain function and a more youthful appearance. It also helps improve the function of the thyroid gland for improved metabolism, and strengthens the muscles of the neck, abdomen and legs.

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have any questions or want to leave your own personal comments. Please leave it in the comment box below.

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Comments (4)

  1. Reply

    Thank you for this article Thomas. I’m 59 years old and while I try to keep moving and regularly walk, I suffer from back problems and my knee joints are a bit dodgy to say the least.

    I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Yoga and ice packs are the way to go for me. Ice packs reduce the inflamation in my muscles and the Yoga will retain my flexibility, which reduces as we age.

    Your post has just cemented my opinion that this is the way forward for me. It explains not only how it works, but why it works. I’ve always been a scientist, so this is important to me.

    I’ll now spend some time exploring your other posts.

    Cheers, Dave

    • Reply

      Hi dkohara, I am delighted that you found this post useful and hope you are feeling better. Thank you for reading and commenting. I wish you a happy life.

  2. Jana

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    Thank you for answering questions that I hadn’t known I had! I was looking for something to help my parents with, but I guess I will better start right now too. I am in my thirties and drawn to oriental exercises, yoga included.
    Thank you for your article, I bookmarked it to come back and read it again when I should get stuck.
    Do you think that Tai Chi is helpful even in very advanced age? Would you recommend any online instructors?
    Thank you for your advice

    • Reply

      Tai chi is very safe and is good for people of all ages. However, you should check with your doctor before you start. Talk to the instructor for the best advice regarding your personal fitness. I do not have information regarding an online instructor. You could do a review search and pick the best one on the list.
      I wish you a happy life.

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