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Monthly Archives: March 2009
I spent 4 days at a qigong workshop and really enjoyed it. The emphasis was on the healing aspects of qigong but I want to talk about the exercise benefits. From watching us move through the forms you wouldn’t think it was much exercise, but you would be wrong. The movements are slow which takes a lot of control. Your arms are held out at either chest height or above your head for an extended period of time, which takes a lot of endurance. Our instructor joked about how big guys who spend a lot of time working out have a hard time keeping their arms up. Working through the forms of qigong will help you build up your endurance and work on muscles that you don’t normally pay attention to.
I have been taught over the past few years that alkaline water is better for the body than distilled water. With all of the acid that is in the western diet it has become very important to get more alkaline substances into our bodies whenever possible, and alkaline water is a great way to do that. The problem with distilled water is that is is completely neutral (7.0 pH) and will actually leech out nutrients from your body.