Smooth Exercise Prolongs Live
In Chinese medicine, qi, essence and spirit are the three treasures of the human body, and they are intimately related to human life. The dynamic and static states of the body are closely related to the physiological function of qi, essence and spirit. Being static and a lack of movement can easily lead to constraint and stagnation of the essence and qi, congealing of qi and blood, and, if prolonged, can ultimately shorten our lives. Exercise can promote the flow of essence and qi, smooth qi and blood, enhance the ability to resist disease, and improve vitality.
Health preservation through exercise can strengthen the muscles, limbs and other body tissues, enhance the rectification and transformation functions of the spleen and stomach, and promote food digestion and transmission. Hua Tuo, a highly-revered physician who lived more than 2,000 years ago, pointed out, “Exercise promotes the digestion of food and smoothes the flow of blood and vessels to prevent diseases.” Robust functioning of the spleen and stomach can ensure that we have the sufficient qi and blood needed for longevity. Many types of activities and movements, such as working, dancing, strolling, or dăo yĭn, can harmonize the qi and blood, dredge the channels and collaterals, promote the nine orifices, prevent disease and maintain fitness.