When Is Exercising Not Exercising?

Running by Miss Treats
Running, a photo by Miss Treats on Flickr.

When you do it to move your qi and blood instead of doing it to exercise!

Not too long ago a patient of mine was concerned about the ability to maintain her exercise routine. She felt that she was losing that drive that usually kept her up and going. Another patient reported that he felt he had a genetic imperative to avoid activity. Saying, “Just Do It!”, wasn’t going to cut it. Instead, we talked about how traditional Chinese medicine makes sense of what is happening when you exercise.

For most of us, after the age of 30, our bodies begin to show signs of “clumping”. Many of the issues that start to show up after 30, for example diabetes, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease and Alzheimer’s to name a few, are some form of qi, blood or damp clumping in the body. The way to minimize or reduce clumping is to move qi and blood and reduce or eliminate damp.

In this way, exercising is the means to move qi and blood.

By changing their perspective regarding the goals of exercise, both patients re-energized their commitment to doing it.

Now get out there and move your qi and blood. No clumping allowed!



Orange Question Mark Button by jhhwild
Orange Question Mark Button a photo by jhhwild on Flickr.

I’m just back from an inspiring class with internationally-known Dr. Tan.

He imparted much knowledge (isn’t it good to have teachers?) including this:

We don’t learn to practice, we practice to learn.

As they say, life is not a dress rehearsal.

Body, Mind, Soul


three trees

Originally uploaded by Studiobaker

This morning I had a thought-

Do I do at least one good thing everyday for:

1. My mind?

2. My body?

3. My soul?

I decided that I do best with number 1, and that numbers 2 and 3 can range from good to haphazard.
It occurred to me that this is a simple and manageable goal to make. So, everyday, by the time the day is done, I will have done at least one good thing for all three.

How about you?