So preventative treatments are becoming much more relevant. There have been movement-based healing systems present in the East for thousands of years. They certainly aren't a cure-all, but the results with conditions like arthritis, asthma, depression (at least 1 in 4 of us will suffer from this at some point in our lives), are extremely positive.
All of us are going to age. We are all going to get ill at some point. So taking note of our quality of life and health as we get older is important.
The book I'm putting forward was written by a man who spent decades in the East studying Yoga, Taiji, Hsing-I, Baguazhang, and other healing disciplines. If like me, you're a bit skittish about talk of 'life-energy', fear not: the techniques involved (and how they work) are explained in practical anatomical terms. A lot of the health-related information coming out of the East is translated directly from classical Chinese, and offers very poetic sounding instructions. Something like "the golden palace opens, the crane circles, wind sinks", sounds lovely, but is no use to anyone not schooled in oriental metaphors. That's where this book comes in. Stuff like that is dissected, translated and explained for you, so you don't have to spend 20 years in the East studying healing disciplines - somebody else has already done the hard work. So, "the golden palace opens, the crane circles, wind sinks", simply becomes "relax, drop the shoulders, ease them forward slightly and breathe gently to your diaphragm".
The book starts with the simplest thing on Earth: breathing. Learning to breathe in a relaxed manner, using the diaphragm, and increasing your lung capacity gently (very important) and over time.
I fully recommend this to....well...everyone, really: