No time for a full workout today? No sweat.
You could try these traditional Chinese medicine exercises that take literally one minute.
1. Rubbing hands
Rubbing your palms quickly together 300 times will stimulate all six meridians in the palms, strengthen internal organs, and balance the yin and yang qi.
This exercise will alleviate shoulder pain and eye fatigue.
2. Massaging your scalp with fingers
By using your fingers to massage your scalp deeply from the forehead to the back of your head, with a speed of 2-4 times/second, will promote blood circulation in your brain and bring nutrients to the roots of your hair, so your hair will look vibrant and shiny.
3. Massaging the helix of your ears
Using your hands, gently massage the helix of both ears until they are warm and comfortable. This exercise will open your meridians and circulate the energy, maintain your hearing, and is particularly good for prevention of tinnitus, dizziness, and forgetfulness.
4. Rolling your eyes
Rolling your eyes clockwise and counter clockwise 30 times will strengthen your eye muscles and is also a preventive measure for chronic keratitis and myopia.
5. Massaging your nose
Massaging your nose with your thumbs can enhance local blood circulation, moisturize your lungs, and prevent you from catching a cold.
The specific method is: Rub the back sides of your thumbs together until them are warm, and then rub against the tip of nose 24 times; use your fingers to rub both sides of your nose 12 times and scrape your nose bridge up and down 10 times with your finger.
6. Breathing and tapping teeth
After you get up in the morning, go outside and breathe the fresh air.
Open your mouth wide, exhale, and close your mouth, tapping your teeth gently together. This action can stimulate the brain through the reflection of facial nerves, and can also prevent muscle atrophy in the elderly.
7. Massaging lightly the navel
Massage your navel clockwise lightly with alternate palms. This exercise can enhance digestion and elimination.
8. Abdominal and Sphincter muscles
Do deep breathing, and contract and relax the abdominal and sphincter muscles for one minute. This can prevent hemorrhoids and improve local blood circulation.
9. Stretching your limbs
Lie on your back, bend and extend your limbs. This will improve the flow of oxygen to your heart and brain.
Use your heels to massage the soles of your feet, while lying on your back. This is effective for your liver, vision, neurasthenia, insomnia, and tinnitus.
Research by Monica Song and Alan Cheung