Wellness advocate Anna Llamado forwarded an interesting e-mail that got me, well…standing on one foot. Because that’s what it says exactly. So if you don’t mind stopping whatever you’re doing now and following some very simple instructions, you just might discover a new way to keep some illnesses at bay. Following is the content of that e-mail with some redundant parts edited. The “I” in the quoted part refers to the person who is endorsing the exercise—not Anna nor this blogger.
“A very important mail regarding a preventive method for dementia
(Try it, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain)
SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE EXERCISE
Stand on one leg while your eyes are closed. That is all. Just try it right now, stop reading and stand up, close your eyes and try standing on one foot. If you are not able to stand for less than 10 seconds, it means that your body has degenerated to 60 to 70 years old level; in other words, you may be only 40 years old, but your body has aged a lot faster.
I tried this exercise myself when I read the mail. I thought “oh, big deal, I’m sure I can do this easily” I was fooling myself, I’m glad I tried it because I discovered much to my surprise that while I could stand easily on one foot with my eyes open, trying the same thing with my eyes closed was another story! I just could not keep my balance for more than two to three seconds before I started wobbling and hopping around.
You do not need to lift your leg high, if your internal organs are out of synch, even lifting your leg this bit will make you wobble.
Now this was quite scary because it told me that my body was almost 60 years old and here was me, barely into my forties! These Chinese are really very advanced in their knowledge of the human body. It was very heartening to know that frequent and regular practice can help you recover your sense of balance. In fact Chinese specialists suggest daily practice of Jin Ji Du Li for 1 minute helps prevent dementia.
You can try slightly closing both eyes while practicing Jin Ji Du Li, instead of completely closing them; in fact this is what the health specialist Zhong Li Ba Ren recommends.
Daily practice of Jin Ji Du Li, can help in healing many illnesses or diseases like
• High blood sugar or diabetes,
• Neck and spinal diseases,
• It can also prevent you from getting dementia.
Zhong Li Ba Ren has written a book titled “Self Help is Better than Seeking Doctors’ Help”, which has been a best seller health book in China since it was first published last year. Its success can be measured by the fact that it has been reprinted 12 times within 6 months, with more than 1 million copies sold. The book is a hot seller because it teaches many simple practical health tips.
Zhong Li Ba Ren stated that many people can’t stand on one foot with their eyes closed for even 5 seconds, but later on as they practice it daily, are able to stand for more than 2 minutes. As you gain ability to stand for longer time, the feeling of “head heavy, light feet” disappears. As benefits or practicing Jin Ji Du Li, you will experience that the quality of sleep improves, the mind clears up and memory improves significantly. Most importantly if you can practice Jin Ji Du Li with your eyes closed for 1 minute every day, you will not get dementia.
Zhong Li Ba Ren explained that there are 6 important meridians passing through our legs. When you stand on a single leg, the weak meridian will feel sore while getting the necessary exercise, and as this happens, the corresponding organs of these meridians and their path-ways, start getting the necessary tuning. This method can focus or concentrate the awareness, and channel the body’s qi to the foot. The beneficial effects of practicing Jin Ji Du Li on various illnesses associated with hypertension, diabetes, neck and spinal diseases are quick to be seen and felt. Jin Ji Du Li can also prevent gout.
Jin Ji Du Li helps to strengthen body immunity rapidly. Jin Ji Du Li it is suitable for everyone generally. It is the basic cure for “Cold Feet Disease” and it can also strengthen the body’s immunity. You do not have to wait until you have any illness to start practicing Jin Ji Du Li. It is especially beneficial for young people, when they practice it daily while they are healthy, so that their chances of contracting the various illnesses associated with aging is comparatively lower.
Please note that it may not be suitable for people over 70 years old, or those old people whose legs are not strong and cannot stand steadily.”
While surfing the net for more information on this exercise, I found two other health-related articles that I think are worth sharing.