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Standing For Exercise

by Dr. Kang-pang Chan
Nowadays we’re seeing so many different kinds of new exercise ideas that it’s just too hard to keep up with them. Exercise and fitness experts keep coming up with new ways to do exercise to meet the ever-expanding demands of those who would like to exercise the least but gain the most benefits. Well, who doesn’t like that idea anyway, right?
Exercises that involve equipment such as pilates, weight-training, exercise rubber band – you name it and they’ve got it – they come and go in trend. Nevertheless, they are always around. It’s just that they’re taking turns in terms of importance or popularity, very much like PR (Page Rank) that internet marketers and webmasters are so concerned about.
Free form exercises have also always been a favorite choice too among many exercise fans – those who believe the merits of utilizing one’s own body weight to exercise with and gain the effectiveness thereof. And those who swear by the free form exercises would say that the results gained from using one’s own body weight to exercise appear whole lot more natural than that by their equipment counterpart.
I tend to belong to the latter group. I’ve been exercising for over 20 years now with those exercise choices that require nothing but my own body – body weight to be exact. One of my favorite is ‘Standing for exercise.’
Believe it or not, all the most significant things in life tend to be very simple by nature. This ‘standing for exercise’ is unlike anything that resembles our newly invented fads. It has been handed down from many generations ahead of us in China.
When we stand still there and maintain the right amount of tensions just enough to fixate our body gestures in a certain way for a certain length of time, the benefits gained as such can be so ever-lasting and far-reaching that it’s beyond our imagination. Numerous studies have been done to prove the validity of this form of static – ‘Do nothingness’ – exercise.
Those who are fascinated by ‘Chi Kung’ – the kind of exercise that not only enhances longevity, but also promotes the vital force of our whole being – will remember too well that the basic forms of exercises in ‘Chi Kung’ are mostly constructed as some standing postures which the ‘Chi Kung’ practitioner is to maintain in a still state for as long as it is required.
Although there are also some moving exercises in ‘Chi Kung’, this form of ‘standing exercise’ indeed is the mother form of all ‘Chi Kung’ – those who are in the know would have nothing to say against this. Oh, by the way, this is supposed to be a secret too.
The trick of this kind of ‘standing exercises’ is to let one feel the force of gravity pulling one down while maintaining just enough consciousness to resist being pulled down, thus creating a point of equilibrium from which the true force or energy from our inner being can be felt and gradually maximized with accumulated effectiveness obtained from long term training.
‘Yiquan’ – one of the most powerful forms of Chinese martial arts – stresses that this standing posture is the basis of the whole system whereby the practitioner literally channels the power of the earth through the ‘connectedness’ that has been cultivated via this form of standing posture.
Not only ‘standing for exercise’ can promote good ‘chi’, it also improves our health level; therefore, the majority of cancer clinics and hospitals encourages their patients to practise this ‘standing exercise’ daily to facilitate healing.
If you want to exercise but find insufficient time and place to do so, why not try ‘standing for exercise’ and see for yourself its effectiveness. You’d be surprised how quickly you’d feel the effect of this exercise and tire out whole lot sooner than you can imagine.
Besides being a naturopathic physican, Dr. Kang-pang Chan is a personal trainer certified by the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) as well as a certified instructor in Yiquan – an advanced form of holistic Chinese martial art that utilises precise bodymind coordination as the real source of power. For more information about exercises, please visit his website here at: Exercise & Fitness.
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