Before Western medical treatment was introduced in China, traditional Chinese medicine had been used to save millions of Chinese lives for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese doctors have often suggested using simple actions and behaviors to help people have a healthy lifestyle. In particular, these doctors have revealed two simple but important exercises that can extend your life with other health benefits.

The bright side have tried these exercises that can fight fatigue and extend your life literally! We are looking forward to sharing them with you.

1. exercise of the hand

Let's start with the basics. We have 6 channels on each hand: the thumb (the pulmonary canal), the index (the large intestine), the middle finger (the pericardial canal), the ring finger (the triple radiator), the little finger or the little finger ( the heart canal) and the back of the hand (the back canal.) Taking advantage of this, doctors suggest the following exercise:

  • Pull your arms slightly towards the front
  • Cut your hands and rotate them inside with both wrists
  • Make 150 interior movements
  • Perform the same movement outside
  • Repeat until you reach 150 times the total

Instead, you can strike hard on the tip just above the elbow inside the elbow with both hands for a total of 150 times. If it's done daily, this exercise would help relax your cervical area and even stop the pain in your shoulders. In addition, not being able to work with or turn your hands suggests heart problems.

2. Ankle exercise

The feet also have 6 channels, 3 on the outside of the leg and 3 on the inside of the leg: the midline of the leg (the gallbladder canal), the front of the leg (the canal of the stomach), the back of the leg (bladder channel), the inside of the leg (liver canal), the inner sides close to the front of the leg (spleen canal) and the inner sides near the back of the leg (kidney canal). Likewise, this knowledge can be used to do a useful exercise:

  • Sit
  • Raise your legs slightly
  • Start to rotate the dowels to the left
  • Transition on the right
  • Repeat 150 times in each direction

This exercise helps you improve blood circulation in the legs and fight against fatigue. These 2 exercises can actually be done while you are still in bed. No special equipment or gym membership is required either! Despite this, Chinese doctors believe that these 2 exercises can add years to your life!

Bonus: 5 minute races

One study found that running just 5 minutes a day can add about 3 years to your average life. This study found that this fast exercise helped even overweight or noisy people. However, this study had some caveats: running was better than cycling and walking, and people who were already running regularly tended to have a healthier lifestyle.

Do you want to try these exercises? Did they help you with pain or back pain? Do you have special exercises that seem to help you in your daily life? Let us know!

Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me