Activity & Exercise
Physical activity is an important part of your overall physical and mental health. According to the new Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, all Americans should be active-even older adults and those who are disabled or managing a chronic illness. All adults gain substantial health benefits from a combination of aerobic and muscle strengthening activity that enhance their physical fitness.
If you have been inactive, don't be discouraged. Some activity is better than none! Start at a comfortable level and add a little more activity over time. The more physically active you are, the more health benefits you gain. If you are physically fit, you are very likely to look, feel, and do your best-physically and mentally. Activity:
- Reduces the risk of many diseases--and dying prematurely
- Helps prevent injury and keeps you in shape to enjoy leisure activities
- Improves mental ability in older adults
Enjoy some active benefits!
Start moving today.
While many types of aerobic and anaerobic exercise promote physical and mental wellbeing, there are specific "schools" of physical activity with a more distinct mind-body approach. For example:
- Qigong is a Chinese practice using movement, affirmations, breathwork, visualizations, and meditation to improve the flow of "qi" or life force, restore internal harmony, and restore the practitioner's harmony with nature.
- Tai Chi is a Chinese system of physical exercises that is believed to facilitate the flow of Qi (life force) in the body, promoting good health and vitality. Tai Chi utilizes movements that are Yin Yang opposites: softness and strength, forward and backward, action and calm.
- Yoga is a multidimensional system that includes stretching and strengthening poses, breathing exercises, and ethical and meditation practices. It uses body, breath, and senses to reconnect the practitioner with the universe and move emotions and thoughts into stillness.