When was the last time you sat on the floor?
As a mother, it is sometimes a bit of a struggle to find moments to work on the mobility, stability and strength of my body. And with these drizzly cold days, there is sometimes a lack of desire to get started. I have periods when I feel good and exercise more often and then I can easily do nothing for a week.
In addition, I ate heavier food during the winter months, such as stews, stews and casseroles, and due to insufficient exercise, the waste products were removed less well.
My body and fitness has been less active during the winter months but with the arrival of spring it is time to get myself ready for more activity.
In short, it is time for a major cleaning of body, mind and living environment. Well, I like simplicity so we'll start simple. The exercise in this article helps with the transition from winter to spring and provides relief from hip pain, knee pain, leg pain, improves energy in the feet, menstrual pain, abdominal swelling, dissolves fluid, relieves itching and more .
What simple exercise can you do to physically start the transition from winter to spring smoothly? Without having to put in too much effort?
The answer to that question is sitting on the floor.
While scientific studies are showing increasing evidence of the many adverse health effects of sitting for long periods of time, I would like to emphasize the positive aspect. Indeed, sitting is even good
First, sitting is a practical form of the ability to move, allowing you to pause, rest, wait, observe and work. It helps improve or restore your mobility if your body has become stiff over time. Of course, sitting for hours a day, every day, in the same exact position, usually in a bad position, is harmful. However, standing all day is not a solution either, because the adverse effects of standing for long periods of time are also known (tired feet, swollen legs, varicose veins, muscle fatigue, lower back pain, stiff neck and shoulders etc.).
The more sitting positions you practice, the better your mobility becomes. With direct benefits for other movement skills, including squatting. Therefore, the most practical seating positions should never be forgotten or neglected.
How many ways do you know to get up and down from the floor? How many of them can you do smoothly, with minimal effort?
Research has shown that our ability to sit down on the ground and then get up again may be an indication of how long we will live. Middle-aged and elderly people who have to use their hands and knees to sit down and then get up again are almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared to those who sit down and stand again without support. Although the ratio of muscle strength to body weight is the most important factor in such a capacity of a person, there are other relevant aspects involved. In addition to strength, mobility, balance and coordination are important in the transition from sitting to standing.
When was the last time you sat on the floor and how easily did you go from standing to sitting and back to standing? Do you remember how well you performed, how you felt? Do you remember if you had to use your hands or not? Such a simple test provides a quick but objective picture of your ability to function from day to day. If this move gives you trouble, it's a good sign that some more practice is needed.
And remember: you don't have to be fit to exercise, you have to exercise to be fit.
The key to the beneficial and pleasant effects of sitting is variety
Improve your mobility, coordination and balance by varied sitting.
Doing laundry while sitting offers you a simple opportunity to apply variation.
Doing laundry while sitting in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
From a TCM perspective, a number of acupuncture points on the gallbladder and liver meridians are stimulated when you do laundry while sitting on the floor. These are gallbladder 30, 31, 31, 33 and liver 11, 10, 9, 8, and 7. As a result, it can provide relief from the following ailments:
- In general, all gallbladder points relieve pain in the lower extremities
- They are good at relieving hip pain, knee pain, leg pain and improving energy in the feet
- Relieves itching
- Dissolves moisture
- Irregular menstruation
- Menstrual pain
- Swollen abdomen
- Pain in the lower abdomen
- Benefits the uterus
- Pain or burning sensation when urinating
- Uterine prolapse
- Swelling and pain of the testicles
- Lumbosacral pain (pain caused by compression of a nerve root in the back
- Pain on the inside of the knee and thigh
- Pain and swelling in the knee
- Wetting the bed at night
- While doing the exercises for the liver and gallbladder, you open more and more heat is released.
How do you do laundry while sitting on the floor?
Feel how you feel now and feel how you will feel later after the exercises.
On a scale of 0 to 10, how are you?
- Sit on the floor as shown in the picture below, with your feet and legs pointing in one direction. Keep breathing calmly and now fold the laundry until you feel it is time to change position. Be careful not to force the position. It's not supposed to hurt. If this is the case, raise your legs a little higher until you can breathe calmly through them.
Change position by moving your legs to the other side. Repeat the same. When it is time to change, you can also sit cross-legged
- You can also try the seiza sit, like the geisha sit in Japan. Your lower legs will then lie on the floor under your upper legs.
- You can also try a deep squat or, for example, the cross-legged sit.
- If you still have wax left, repeat points 1 and 2 again. These two sitting positions are the most important to achieve the above effects.
Have you got a taste for it and would you like to do some more exercises? Also take a look at the following exercises:
Roll a ball with your feet for insomnia, hot flashes and night sweats
Get to know your toes calms the mind
Calf stretching for heel spurs, lower back pain, hemorrhoids and abdominal pain