Wednesday, September 20, 2017

NO PAIN ---- BIG GAINS!


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Good morning, folks
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You know what, I'm going to do something different today and you might not like it. I think. It's a subject that I have noticed here which nobody does really warm up to. Or give a second thought to. They simply gloss over it or just pass it by.
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Well, maybe this time you could spare me a few minutes of your time with this.. just a teeny-weeny bit of your time. Okay?
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Time moves fast. It moves us along so fast that before we know it our bodies have grown weak, slow, or fat and our brains atrophied. That among other things is a fact of life. It's the physical that suffers first and most with time.
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So before you get to that point of one day feeling sorry for yourself (and to cut a long story short)... I would say you can do something about it.
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For instance.....
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  1.   Stop feeling sorry for yourself.
  2.   Avoid the Negative Bandwagon: people who      can't seem to pull themselves out of the negative rut of their lives or mind sets.
  3.   Do things that make you happy.
  4.   Learn something new everyday.
  5.   Engage in regular chats with God.
  6.   Keep connected with family and friends.
  7.   Touch base with Mother Nature.
  8.   Exercise
  9.   Engage and indulge in a hobby.
10. Laugh often.
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#8 EXERCISE -- Let's talk about this. Many have this at the bottom of their list kasi ma-effort daw. Saying that it's too much effort and takes so much time away from work and other things they would rather be doing. But as health buffs would say... no pain, no gain.
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Well, here's what I say to that......... NO PAIN, BIG GAINS.
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That's TAI CHI for you.
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A excerpt from the Tai Chi For Health Institute ...
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"... Just what is Tai Chi?
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Originating in ancient China, tai chi is an effective exercise for health of mind and body. Although an art with great depth of knowledge and skill, it can be easy to learn and soon delivers its health benefits. For many, it continues as a lifetime journey. There are many styles and forms of tai chi, the major ones being Chen, Yang, Wu, another Wu (actually two different words in Chinese) and Sun. Each style has its own unique features, although most styles share similar essential principles.
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These essential principles include the mind being integrated with the body; fluidity of movement; control of breathing; and mental concentration. The central focus is to enable the qi or life force to flow smoothly and powerfully throughout the body. Total harmony of the inner and outer self comes from the integration of mind and body, achieved through the ongoing practice of tai chi. ..."

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Also lifted from The Health Benefits of Tai Chi, Harvard Medical School ...
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" Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion." There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
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In this low-impact, slow-motion exercise, you go without pausing through a series of motions named for animal actions — for example, "white crane spreads its wings" — or martial arts moves, such as "box both ears." As you move, you breathe deeply and naturally, focusing your attention — as in some kinds of meditation — on your bodily sensations. Tai chi differs from other types of exercise in several respects. The movements are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched. Tai chi can be easily adapted for anyone, from the most fit to people confined to wheelchairs or recovering from surgery. .."

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Further,
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"...To get the most benefits from tai chi you need to practice for at least 15 minutes a day - every day! It is better to practice every day than to have longer tai chi workouts 2 or 3 times a week. So you might want to think about the balance of classes and practice if you get stuck for time. In case you are wondering - we're told you should not practice tai chi or qigong (pronounced chi kung) for more than 6 hours a day.!!! .." (Everyday Tai Chi)
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There you have it, folks. It's easy and can be done by both young and old alike. Further you can browse YouTube for a wide array of Tai Chi videos. Choose one according to your needs or preferences whether it be done standing or sitting down.
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That's all for now, folks! See you later. Got some Tai Chi to do
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(By the way, if the video below gives you problems viewing, you can also view it at this link ----- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21-HARM-E4g )




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