RED 16 – Tai chi

Tai chi isn’t something I’ve ever tried before, however my hubby does it (he’s very good) and really enjoys it.  Research has shown that tai chi gives similar health benefits to aerobic/cardio exercise classes such as zumba, so when the gym scheduled a beginners class I was very keen to give it a try.

There are five popular styles of tai chi all of which feature slow movement and smooth transition between poses.  My class will be learning the yang style, I think hubby does wu style.  The first class was taken at a very slow pace with a lot of explanation about energy flow and meridians, and a focus on posture.  Our instructor demonstrated the whole sequence of movement that we will learn piece by piece over the next three months.

After just one session I can see how tai chi will improve my balance and posture, strengthen muscles and give a sense of inner peace.

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5 comments on “RED 16 – Tai chi”
  1. mandy says:

    I want to follow your Tai Chi thoughts! I’m just beginning recovery from an osteoporosis-related fracture and Tai Chi will be my first form of class exercise to improve balance/prevent falls. I’ve heard wonderful things about it. Enjoy!

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    1. Karen says:

      Thank you for your message. I hope you’re recovering well from your fracture. I really enjoyed my first tai chi session unfortunately I wasn’t able to book onto subsequent ones and now I do art class at the same time.
      However, my husband does tai chi and loves it, it’s supposed to be very good for body and mind and I’m certain would help improve balance. Another class you could try is Pilates, although this can be very varied depending on instructor, I found it helpful with my poor balance following chemo.
      Take care and let me know how you get on with tai chi.
      Karen x

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      1. mandy says:

        I’m so glad Tai Chi is such a positive experience for your husband. My husband plans to take Tai Chi with me. How wonderful that you can do art class! I’m not even good with those fancy coloring books for adults! But art must be extremely therapeutic, too. 😃

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      2. Karen says:

        It’s great that you can do this together. I’m loving my art class the teacher is brilliant.

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