Are you a regular walker and love it? If so you may want to know how to get even more benefits from your regular practise.
Or have you been admonished to do more walking? Have your tried but the weather turned against you? Do you have to rush to work in the morning and are too tired when you get home to even think about it?
Whether you have or haven’t a regular walking time you can discover for yourself how to improve the process and outcomes. You don’t need any equipment, carry weights, or go further. Plus you do not even need to go outside if the weather isn’t suitable.
In Qigong (Chee Gong) specific walking techniques are used to eliminate illness, strengthen the body and extend life.
The first Tip uses a breath practice while walking. It is easy to learn and do. It can be used also to improve running, swimming, and other activities. It is especially effective way to walk up stairs, up steep hills, and carry anything heavy such as full shopping bags. It will allow you to walk greater distances and not deplete your body tissue in any way. You will probably feel better when you finish than when you started.
- In-In-Out Breath Walk. Each time you step the heel of the foot touches the earth first. The breath: inhale fast and short through the nose, and exhale longer through either the nose or blow out through the mouth. Step first with the left foot as you inhale, step with the right foot as you inhale again, then exhale as you step forward for the third time. With this walk, you exhale on alternate feet as you walk. Regular use of this breath can reverse diminished lung capacity.
- In-In-Out Breath Walk indoors. In inclement weather or for other reasons you do not wish to walk outside, this walk can be done easily inside where you live. You can do it in a circle around a table, or walk around in a couple of rooms, or passageway, whatever space you have. When doing it in a small area, walk in one direction for a while then reverse the direction. The same applies if walking around a table or object inside or outside. Walking in a circle is beneficial for the nervous system as well as the oxygen circulation you get through-out your body.
- Walking Speeds. Walking at different paces will mainly assist various parts of your body. Fast walking will assist your lungs, breast, and heart health. Moderate paced walking will assist organs in the middle of your body. Slow walking assists organs in the lower part of the body.
Many years ago people would often whistle cheerful tunes while they walked. This was a healthy practice as the sound resonated with their energy in a positive way and improved how they felt.