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Author:  Dr. Richard Zeng (Chinese Medicine)

Running in the morning

Harmony between Heaven and Human~天人相应

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, the morning is considered a time of Yang energy rising. TCM emphasises the concept of “Harmony between Heaven and Human,” which means that human beings are interconnected with the natural environment, and our energy and health are influenced by the changes in nature.

Yang Energy raises in the morning

In the morning, as the sun rises and illuminates the world, it symbolizes the ascending Yang energy. This natural transition is believed to affect the human body and its energy patterns. Engaging in exercises during this time can align with the rising Yang energy and help enhance the body’s vitality and energy levels for the entire day.

Set the tone of the day

TCM views the morning as a crucial period for setting the tone of the day. By actively participating in exercises, you can tap into the abundant Yang energy, invigorate your body, and promote the circulation of Qi (vital energy) and blood. This can help awaken your senses, improve mental alertness, and provide a boost of energy, allowing you to start the day with a positive and proactive mindset.

Common exercises and beyond

Walking power walking, jogging or any activities that can help you warm up. And other things can help “Raise your Yang”, including hot showers, warm food or drinks, including coffee.

It is important to note that TCM’s understanding of energy and its relationship with nature is a holistic approach. It takes into account not only physical aspects but also mental and emotional well-being. Therefore, incorporating morning exercises as part of your daily routine can contribute to balancing and harmonising your overall energy, promoting a healthier and more energised state throughout the day.

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