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Finding the Motivation to Exercise

Posted on August 18, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Finding the motivation to exercise is really about how motivated you are about taking care of yourself. Ask yourself, “Do I take good care of myself?”, “Do I desire to feel good?” Yes!!! When we focus on our own self-care we make a commitment to sustaining our wellbeing. Exercise is just one way to take care of yourself.


Exercise does not have to be hard. You can start out slow and steady. When I made the decision to be good to myself, I decided to do low impact Qi Gong.


The Masters of Qi Gong encourage us to use the energy of Qi to connect with effortless flow rather than forcing the muscles or straining the mind. The word Qi Gong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qi Gong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.


Doing Qi Gong in the morning helped me infuse my body with the energy that it needs for the rest of the day. Qi Gong exercise practice in the AM gives me a jolt of vitality energy, a deep inner calm to remain stress free and full of energy throughout the day. This allows me better awareness of my body and the potential to access spiritual inspiration. Qi Gong exercise practice in the PM helps me relax, clear out stress from the day, and helps me sleep easier and faster.


Check out some YouTube videos on modern Qi Gong ritual by Lee Holden:

• Qi Gong 7 Minutes of Magic (10 mins for Health): https://youtu.be/g-jSBBwr8Ko

• Morning Qi Ritual (10 mins): https://youtu.be/bRs0nFgvcOQ

• Evening Qi Ritual (20 mins): https://youtu.be/559Iw6Tvt8U

 

 

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