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HWRK Magazine: Issue 3 - Spring 2018

HWRK Magazine

HEALTH BLOW AWAY STRESS

HEALTH BLOW AWAY STRESS Why the ancient Chinese practice of qigong should be part of your healthy daily regimen SPICE UP YOUR LIFE A low-carb, low-fat noodle delight that will keep you motivated to lesson plan like a master Spicy noodles with omelette You’ll need (serves 4) 4 eggs 3 tsp coconut oil 400g fresh wholemeal noodles 1 onion, thinly sliced 150g sugar snap peas 150g green beans, sliced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp soy sauce Instructions 1. Combine the soy sauce, 1.5 tablespoons of chilli paste and 4 teaspoons of fish sauce with water in a bowl. Whisk the eggs and remaining chilli paste and fish sauce in a jug. 2. Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a non-stick wok over high heat. Add half of the egg mixture, tilting the wok to cover the base and side. Cook for 1 minute or until just set. Transfer to a board. Repeat HEAD CHEF Chef Ian Leadbetter has spent 20 years in restaurants across Europe and works as a nutrition consultant 2 tbsp chilli paste 5 tsp fish sauce 1 tbsp water 1/2 lime with 1 teaspoon oil and remaining egg mixture. Roll up each omelette and thinly slice. Set aside. 3. Place noodles in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 4 minutes. Drain and refresh under cold running water. 4. Wipe wok clean with paper towel. Heat remaining oil in wok over high heat. Add onion and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add peas, beans and garlic and stir-fry for 2 minutes or until tender crisp. Add noodles and chilli/sauce mixture. 15-minute dinner s I become older and, hopefully, wiser I’ve realized breathing and A being able to control your breathing is paramount in feeling healthy and healing yourself from your mind to your body to your being. Research concerning qigong has been conducted for a wide range of medical conditions. With millions of practitioners worldwide, this ancient Chinese holistic system of moving breathing and mediation should not be overlooked as a simple way to reinvigorate your mind, body and soul. As a two-year practitioner who was full of doubts with this practice initially, I now realise it’s just as important as strength training or cardiovascular exercise. Just recently, a US study revealed this type of exercise is one of the best ways to keep your arteries strong and flexible as the constant blood flow strengthens and protects against deterioration. It’s interesting to note that chi, and the flow of chi, has been part of Eastern medicine since its 52 // HWRK MAGAZINE // Spring 2018 hwrkmagazine @hwrk_magazine

inception over 2,500 years ago. Western medicine is only 300 years old - and they are just starting to tap into alternative medicine or ‘biofeedback’. Here are seven ways qigong can improve many aspects of your health and wellness: 1 Centred & focused The art of controlling your breathing while doing these exercises is just that, an art. This translates to all parts of your life. 2 Improving digestion The Chinese have long believed humans have two brains. The one in your skull and the one in your gut. Proper breathing massages your internal organs. 3 Balanced hormones Much of the new literature on stress indicates that one of the largest factors in determining stress levels is your emotions. Deep regulated breathing allows the body to calm down and turns off the stress hormones that naturally occur. 4 Increasing flexibility The more the body is able to relax at the most visceral level, the more the tightness or stiffness in the muscles are able to subside. When you are under anaesthetic a doctor can move your joint wherever they want. The fact that you’re so completely relaxed allows this mobility. Now, imagine the possibilities for your own overall health and wellness if you could tap into that on a regular basis. 5 Strengthening muscles Power comes from the explosive contraction of your muscles; the more relaxed, the greater the explosive movement. 6 Prevents injury Qigong is like a good gentle stretch and an acupuncture treatment combined, which improves the circulation of fluids and energy in the body to lessen the impact of injuries and allow more rapid healing. 7 STReNGTHEN connections A primary way chi flows is along the nerves of the body, which makes it a hugely effective technique for relieving stress on a day-to-day basis, as well as rebuilding bodies that have broken down due to long-term stress. personal coach Kevin Kearns is an acclaimed strength and conditioning coach 1. OPEN LOTUS Stand with your knees bent and tailbone tucked under. Place your hands in front of you like you’re holding a bowl of water. Breathe in slowly through your nose as you bring the bowl towards your face and over your head. Then turn your palms out and push your hands away to your sides of the body. AN INTRO TO QIGONG Here are some simple exercises to try with this method. All breathing should be a two and four count 2. PYRAMID In a push-up like position, drive your hips up in the air. Now as you fold forward breathe out as you bring your body down and arch your back and neck towards the ceiling. 3. TRUNK Stand with both feet shoulder width apart and your knees flexed. Hold your hands at your navel in a bowl-like position. Breathe in and inflate your belly, raise your hands, and then breathe out. 4. KNEE TO CHEST Stand straight, legs shoulder width apart, with your hands palms down towards your feet. Breathe in as you pull both hands towards your chest along with your knee, as if you were pulling your pant leg up. Now reverse your hands and bring them back down. Count and focus on the timing of your breathing. hwrkMAGazine.co.uk Spring 2018 // HWRK MAGAZINE // 53