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Movement & Rest

The benefits of regular exercises have been known for centuries. It is of the utmost importance in maintaining health. Some of the benefits include:

  • Improved cardiovascular fitness;
  • Alleviating indigestion;
  • Strengthening bones;
  • Preventing unnecessary weight gain;
  • Helps relaxation and improves sleep;

The effects of exercise depend on the intensity and the duration of the exercise. Strenuous exercises increase the levels of heat and dryness in the body, and would therefore be unsuitable for Bilious types.
It is of the utmost importance to do exercises that are appropriate for your temperament. Some temperaments are more suited to strenuous exercises than others. Walking, however, is suitable and recommended for all temperamental types.

Some exercises that are suitable for all temperamental types:

  • Pilates;
  • Thai Chi
  • Callanetics;
  • Yoga;
  • Stretching;
  • Swimming.

Whilst there are many different types of physical exercises and sporting activities to choose from, we focus on exercises that you could do at home. It is vitally important to warm up before and cool down after any form of exercise. Click below for the Tibb Walking exercise or the Tibb Jogging Exercise

  • This is a gentle exercise recommended for all temperamental types. It can be done anywhere – in a small room or outdoors. If safety or space concerns exist, as may be the case with elderly people, then you may ‘walk on the spot’ for the same periods of time.
  • Warm up by walking normally, swinging the arms gently. Do this for about 2 minutes initially.
  • Then walk briskly, raising the legs and swinging the arms firmly. Do this for about 5 minutes.
  • Then cool down by walking normally, as in the warm up. Do this for about 2 minutes.
  • Do these exercises daily, but increasing the time for each session weekly to a maximum of 25 minutes per session.
  • Jogging is more intense than walking. It will therefore produce more heat (and dryness) than walking. This exercise is more suited to Phlegmatic and Sanguinous temperaments
  • Jog on the spot, lifting the knees as high as possible, putting the weight only on the balls of the feet – (prancing). At the same time swing arms in a full circular motion.
  • Start by doing this for 30 seconds building up to 5 minutes.
  • Increase gradually by 30 seconds, to a maximum of 10 minutes per session.

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