Mind/Body Exercise

Mind/Body Exercise

Mind/Body Exercise
Pilates, yoga and tai chi are considered mind-body exercises because the focus is on breathing and meditation. These exercises work at calming the body thus reducing blood pressure, stress levels and improving all over mood. Fitness for your mind.

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    Yoga, Pilates, and martial arts such as tai chi, tae kwan do, and qi gong are the most commonly known types of physical activity be classified as mind-body exercises. Although by adding the mental awareness aspect to any form of exercise, it can become a mind-body exercise. For example, many athletic runners will describe running as a meditative practice due to the focus of the breath, in through the nose and out through the mouth, along with the focus on the body keeping steady pace.
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    This will depend on your priorities and personal health goals. For example, are you looking for a low range of physical activity and a high range of mental exercise such as meditation and breath focus or vice versa? Also, your current health status including injuries can also factor into what is your best choice for a mind-body exercise. In addition to these considerations, a good way to determine the right path for you is to rent a DVD or visit a local fitness or wellness center to experiment and see what feels right for your personal needs. You may find you enjoy more than one type of mind-body exercise.
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    The purpose of calming and relaxation exercises like yoga, meditation, tai chi, qi gong, is to improve feelings of peace and calm and lower the pulse, blood pressure, and reduce levels of stress hormones in the body. Through time and training the mind can help the body calm itself and lower the heart rate and reduce stress levels, which promote calming and feelings of relaxation and a sense of wellbeing.  

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    Most forms of mind-body exercise will require very comfortable clothing, usually fitted but stretchy in order to allow easy flexibility and movement. This form of exercise most commonly requires bare feet as well.
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    It is time for all of us, no matter what our age, to get up off the couch and get moving. The research is overwhelming on the positive effects of exercise in every season of our lives. A University of Illinois study showed adults who walked 45 minutes three times a week improved performance on cognitive tasks by 15 percent.
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    The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine defines mind-body interventions as "interventions that employ a variety of techniques designed to facilitate the mind's capacity to affect bodily function and symptoms."

    In the textbook, Complementary Therapies and Wellness written by Jodi Carlson, mind-body interventions refer to "interventions that can be taught to clients to affect themselves, as opposed to interventions directed by the intention of another person such as energy therapies."

    Mind-body exercises include Pilates, yoga and tai-chi.

    I am of the opinion that it is possible for anyone participating in physical activity or exercise to become more aware of how they move in space thus being able to connect with their body's movement on a deeper level.

    Moving with conscious effort can only improve the quality of the activity.
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    Yes. Silent laughter is a form of laughing yoga and may have some benefits such as reducing stress and promoting a positive mood. Silent laughter is essentially a deep belly laugh without using your vocal cords.
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    Mind-body calming exercises like meditation and tai chi have been shown to reduce blood pressure, heart rates, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol, increase dopamine levels (feel good brain chemical), relieve stress and improve mood and feelings of well being.  Studies have shown that people who engage in mind-body calming exercises are routinely less stressed, have lower rates of depression, cope better with setbacks and report greater feelings of overall satisfaction with their life. Mind-body calming exercises like yoga, tai chi, meditation, qi gong, can be safely performed every day of the week. 
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    Bringing awareness to your breath is one of the easiest ways to draw your focus inward as well as find some mental clarity, which are two distinguishing factors in mind-body practices. Our breath is our life force and is always important in any type of exercise. It can effect how you feel during your workout as well as how you perform. It is important to use the full capacity of your lungs to breathe in and out, meaning that you should fill them with from air top to bottom, left to right, and front to back. This takes practice as many people are naturally chest breathers without even knowing it. This is especially critical with women who tend to hold their lower belly in, which forces chest breathing. To practice using the most efficient breath and using the full capacity of your lungs, first imagine dividing your torso into three parts, your lower belly, your middle or ribcage, and your upper chest. Then draw in a third of your breath in the lower belly, a third in the middle, and a third in your chest. Try to feel each part of the body expand and imagine completely filling your lungs. Practice this daily, whether you are exercising or not, and see how it effects your performance and breathing during your next workout.
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    What is kung fu?
    Kung Fu is an ancient martial art that is great for self-defense and staying in shape; it utilizes movements that mimic certain animals. In this video, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qigong Expert Sifu Karl Romain discusses the healthy benefits of Kung Fu.