Exercises Should Give Priority to Organs over Muscles

December 11, 2016 Trisha Han HighlightsSelf-Help TopicsWellness & Prevention

Nowadays more and more people recognize the importance of exercise, because everyone wants to stay fit and live long; there are also many methods of exercising, but they are all geared towards exercising the muscles in order to develop a good physique. Can these types of exercise really help you achieve health and longevity, though? The answer is, not necessarily.

Many people who exercise do so because they are self-conscious of their figure–either they feel that they are overweight or underweight. Exercising in today’s manner may build muscle and burn fat, but it may not strengthen the vital organs, which are often the root cause of a less than ideal figure.

The blood and Qi of the human body is not evenly distributed amongst the various body parts. Survival is first and foremost, and the rest comes after, in order of importance; a tree develops its roots first, then its trunk, and lastly its leaves and branches. The vital organs foster blood and Qi; only when they are healthy and working together properly, can the supply of blood and Qi be maintained.

If we excessively exercise our muscles, without thinking about whether or not we have sufficient blood and Qi to fuel our rigorous exercise, then our vital organs will lack the sufficient blood and Qi to maintain proper function. Stimulating the increase in muscle mass after exercise also requires large amounts of blood flow that could be directed towards our vital organs. Although our bodies are constantly replenishing the source of blood and Qi, this task cannot be accomplished in a short period of time.  It takes about 1 to 3 months for a significant increase to take place.  If one exercises excessively, then the muscles will compete with the vital organs for blood and Qi, often leading to a quickened heart rate, diminished blood flow to the digestive organs, etc.

Even during a shortage of blood and Qi, the vital organs must complete essential tasks such as digestion and absorption, metabolism and waste excretion, maintain immunity and mental function, and so on.  During this shortage, the less important organs must compromise themselves in order to supply blood and Qi to the more important ones. This is why, after rigorous exercise, women see an absence or delay in their menstrual cycles, and people sometimes develop anemia or digestive disorders.  A long period of blood and Qi shortage can cause chronic damage to the vital organs, thus affecting life span.  This is one reason why professional athletes are often racked with illness in their later years.

Have you ever seen a tree with a thin, weak trunk and wide, robust branches?  If one such did exist, you would think that it was bizarre, unnatural even. But when we exercise excessively, our bodies become like these disfigured trees–the muscles may be strong, but the vital organs are weak and deprived. I am not discouraging people from incorporating exercise as a part of their daily routine; exercise is not only essential but can also be fun! However, when you exercise you must be very aware of your body’s priorities; that is, vital organs first, muscles last. If you have problems in any of your organ systems, strengthen and balance them before you begin to exercise.  Exercise can be fun, rewarding, and energizing, as long as you do not lose focus on your vital organs.

So, how to exercise your organs? Please watch the following videos under our video page:

  1. A Simple yet Critical Anti-aging Exercise
  2. How to Stretch Your Legs to Improve the health of your Liver and Kidney System
  3. How to simply Breathe to Help Your Different Organs
  4. An exercise that Leads to Longevity.



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