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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    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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    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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    A , Preventive Medicine, answered
    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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    A , Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered
    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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    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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    A question to respond with is what exercise will not help you relax?  Some of your best forms of relaxation exercises would include some form of yoga.  Find a yoga studio or go to your local fitness center and take a class.  You will be introduced to a 45 to 60 minute class consisting of stretching to help elongate your muscles and help take your stress away.  In addition, all exercise can assist in relaxation.  Some people love to exercise, some hate it, and others are in-between.  Regardless of your feelings toward exercise, your body will thank you, you will feel a sense of accomplishment, and should result in a relaxed body.

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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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    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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    Breathing is vital for health and wellness. Breathing techniques can help you feel calm, relaxed, and reduce stress levels. When you feel calm, stress hormones are reduced and resting heart rate and blood pressure levels decline.

    Your respiratory system works intimately with your cardiovascular system to accomplish optimal cellular function by transporting oxygen from the environment and transferring it to the bloodstream, and transferring carbon dioxide from the blood to the lungs and eventually transporting it out of your body. Deep breathing is essential in this process.

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    Consult a qualified health care professional or martial arts instructor before beginning kung fu or any physical exercise program. Modification of the movements may be necessary for some experiencing pain or discomfort. Discuss how various physical ailments, diseases or impairments may affect the practice of kung fu techniques with a qualified instructor and health care professional.

    As several types of kung fu involve combative contact, there is a risk of severe injury or death. Injuries that may result include, but are not limited to, broken bones, sprains, fractures, sore joints, pulled or sore muscles or tendons, emotional and psychological trauma. Knowledge of kung fu should not be used as a substitute for common safety practices.

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