Kung Fu: How to Prevent Illness and Injuries After Training
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Kung Fu practitioners may train every day to become better martial artists, however, if they do not pay careful attention to what they do during and after each training session, they may find themselves injured instead of improving their skills.
As you may already know, regular practice of Kung Fu or any other martial art can help to maintain good physical health. Here, I’ll be sharing with you some practical tips that you can implement after your practice that will enable you to stay healthy and make the most out of your training.
Cool down and take hot showers
The Grand Masters have said “Warm make successful, cold makes ill”. What they meant by this is that once you’ve completed your training session, you’ll find that your body will sweat a lot. Your body’s temperature rises and you will likely feel hot. When this occurs, you’ll want to have a cold and refreshing shower. However, it is important that you refrain from doing so as you will increase the risk of catching a cold or an illness. Instead, opt for a hot or lukewarm shower.
Dry your body with a dry towel and do not cool down with an electric fan or air conditioning. After sweating, your pores open and if you get cold, the toxins in your body will remain beneath the skin instead of being released. This can increase the risk of illness. It’s also important to note that before you jump in the shower after any rigorous workout, it’s highly advisable that you spend 5-10 minutes on cooling down exercises. This is very helpful to lower your heart rate, to repair muscle and tissues as well as to expedite the body’s overall recovery.
Drink warm water
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The human body consists of 60% water, and during a martial arts training session, you will lose a lot of it. So, you need to be sure to drink water to make up for that loss. The right way to stay hydrated is to drink a cup of room temperature water before training and another a few hours after your training. It’s important to stay clear of cold drinks after training as it would also increase the likelihood of you becoming ill. Remember to keep yourself warm after training and fight the urge to cool off with an ice-cold drink.
Tap on your acupoints
If you feel that your training session drenched most of your energy, you can tap on your body’s acupoints to relax. There are many acupoints that are found in the body, however, for this purpose, you can focus on three specific acupoints: the Double Jian Jing, the Zu San Li and the Yong Quan.
Start with the Double Jian Jing acupoint (located in the center of each side of the shoulders). Use your left hand to tap the right, the right hand to tap the left side. The second acupoint is the Zu San Li acupoint (located just outside of the shank) which also should be tapped 36 times. The third acupoint is the Yong Quan acupoint (located in the middle of the bottom of the feet). You should tap 36 times on each side for each of the acupoints. The combination of tapping on the three acupoints will help to regain some of your energy and keep yourself healthy.
If you live in a major city and often practice outdoors, you may ingest some toxins, poisonous gas and polluted air during your training. Hence, it’s highly advisable that you take the time to let these toxins out to keep your body healthy. Fortunately, there are simple methods to avoid this, one of them being meditation.
Start by sitting down, facing the south. Relax the whole body, cross your legs and face your palms down onto the knee. Open your eyes slightly, touch your palate with the tip of your tongue, empty your mind and meditate for ten to thirty minutes.
Once you’ve finished, open your eyes, straighten your legs and turn the palm up on the knee. Look at your toes, relax your tongue and imagine the foul air and toxins going out from the center of your feet. You can then tap on the Yong Quan acupoint with your fingers for 5 to 10 minutes. To conclude, cover your face with your hands and rub up and down while taking deep breaths. Alternatively, you can also opt to tap your whole body, slowly and peacefully.
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