Ba Duan Jing (Eight Section Exercises), a traditional Chinese health and fitness Qigong exercise routine dated back to the Song Dynasty (960-1279), is a gem in China's health and fitness culture.
As a safe aerobic exercise, it features a movement of intensity and format in line with the theories of kinetics and physiology. Added to the traditional eight movements, are sections on the preparatory posture and closing form, making the exercises more complete, standardized and rational.
It has been proved that practice of Ba Duan Jin improves the respiratory system, limb strength, and flexibility of the joints, and fortifies the nerves, as well as enhances the general balance. It improves the cardiovascular function and helps to cure such illnesses as coronary artery scleroses and osteoporosis. It strengths one's immune system to a degree, and delays the ageing process, so as to increase the life span. It also improves one's mental health.