What’s exercise that anyone can do, anywhere, any time, that is completely free and requires no equipment but your own body?
I bet you said ‘walking’ and you’re nearly right, walking does meet nearly all those criteria. But you can’t do it your desk while you’re working.
But there is one exercise you can do, regardless of how fit you are, that will help ease any tension you’re feeling, bring some lovely random movement into your day (we’re all doing such repetitive moments all day every day), and best of all, help keep your body’s energy moving along instead of stuck and stagnant.
Stagnant energy brings all kinds of problems – stiff sore muscles and joints, fluid retention, digestive problems (bloating, indigestion) and feelings of irritability, anger, frustration, impatience, intolerance and righteousness.
So what to do?
There’s a Qi Gong (read: very old) practice that you can do right now. Extend one arm in front of you. Now shake your hand back and forth. Let the shake move to your elbow and all the way up to your shoulder. Do it with the other arm. On days I’m at my computer writing or blogging or making videos or whatever, I take time every couple of hours to just shake out my hands and arms and shoulders for 30 seconds.
Can you feel your energy buzzing along your arms? Awesome isn’t it 🙂
Of course that’s not the whole thing – ideally you want to shake your whole body. (It’s a little like the pogo in the mosh pit ;))
Stand with your feet firmly on the earth. From your feet start to shake gently up and down (not moving up and down on your toes, shake your whole body up and down).
Breathe easily and freely.
This isn’t about going for the burn or getting your heart rate up. It’s about moving every part of your body so your energy can flow more freely, shaking as exercise.
You can either leave your arms gently hanging at your sides or shake them around too.
Remember to be gentle. If anything hurts, shake that part slower and even more gently until the movement doesn’t hurt.
I love shaking to music, choose your favourite tunes and shake away.
Shake your whole body for a minute or a few minutes – whatever feels right to you. If you’re really immobile, shake whatever part of your body you can shake. Remember to keep it gentle!
When you feel you’ve done enough, slow down and then come to a gentle stop.
Shaking as exercise warms up your muscles, organs and joints, and gives your cells a buzz.
Qu Gong theory says it detoxifies as well. All the fluids in your body flow quicker and more easily so the detox effect makes sense doesn’t it?
You’ll be surprised how much of a buzz you’ll get from shaking as exercise for your whole body – your energy channels will be flowing smoothly and you’ll feel warm and tingly.
I know it sounds too easy – but hey, if it’s been around for thousands of years then there’s something about it that works, right 🙂
So have a go – you can fit in one minute of shaking as exercise today. Please let me know how you do with it, comment below…