What is Qigong?
The National Qigong Association (NQA) states “Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.”
According to the NQA, the word Qigong (Chi Kung) is made up of two Chinese words. Qi is pronounced chee and is usually translated to mean the life force or vital-energy that flows through all things in the universe. The second word, Gong, pronounced gung, means accomplishment, or skill that is cultivated through steady practice. Together, Qigong (Chi Kung) means cultivating energy, it is a system practiced for health maintenance, healing and increasing vitality.
I recommend learning and practicing QiGong. QiGong can help open your energy centers where healing can take place. It can help you to feel centered and grounded. QiGong is mediation in motion. Learn the moves so that you can forget them consciously. Learn just a few simple moves and begin. If you are handicapped, you may visualize the movements and receive health benefits just as you would from meditating.
ASK COACH JACKIE
1-Should I stop eating all carbs to lose weight? M., Little Falls, NJ
Jackie :Your body needs carbs. Fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrates. Try cutting out the unhealthy carbs/starches such as: sugar and refined flour products. Do eat fruits and leafy greens. Whole grain breads, brown rice and sweet potatoes which are good starches. Also ramp up your workouts to torch more calories.
2-How much protein should I consume daily? I am a 34 year old male. T., Clifton, NJ
Jackie: In general, it is recommended that 10-35% of your daily calories come from protein. According to The Center for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) suggests the recommended daily allowance for protein for men ages 19-70+ is 56 grams daily. Women ages 19-70+ should be consuming 46 grams daily. So you should be consuming around 56 grams per day.
3-How much water do you recommend I drink daily? I am a 40 year old male and weigh 175lbs. B., Tamaqua, PA
Jackie: The Institute of Medicine states a healthy male adult should drink roughly 3 liters about 13 cups of total beverages a day. For women, 2.2 liters about 9 cups of beverages is adequate. This fluid consumption pertains to healthy adults living in temperate climates.