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Moving the Body

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Moving the Body


Moving the body can help prevent and treat dozens of diseases, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity.

Why is moving the body important?

Moving the body is any activity that uses your energy to move the large muscles in your body. Some activities increase your stamina while others improve your strength, flexibility, or balance. Moving your body can improve your ability to do more of the things you want.

What are some Whole Health ways I can move my body?

Moving the body includes more than exercise, it’s any activity that uses your energy to move the large muscles in your body. Other examples include biking, walking, swimming, gardening, yardwork, playing a sport, and actively playing with a child or animal. The list is endless.

Tai chi/Qi gong

Tai chi (pronounced ty-chee) is an ancient Chinese martial art. It involves slow graceful gestures and flowing movements. The exercises help clear the mind and lead to feelings of peace.

Qi gong (pronounced chee-gung) is a practice similar to tai chi. Some people consider tai chi a form of qi gong. Qi gong means “cultivation of vital energy.” Energy is gained through body posture, breathing, and mental attention. For more information on tai chi and qi gong, refer to the Whole Health handout, An Introduction to Tai Chi and Qi Gong for Whole Health.


Yoga is an ancient practice that is becoming popular in the United States. It involves physical activity — postures (called asanas). But it is more than that. It also focuses on breathing and relaxation or meditation. Yoga can help a person find a more balanced and peaceful state of mind and body. For more information on yoga, refer to the Whole Health handout An Introduction to Yoga for Whole Health.

The resources and tools offered here will help you explore ways to move your body, set goals, and succeed.

Moving the Body Handouts

An Introduction to Moving the Body for Whole Health

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