Getting Started with Tai Chi

tai chi beginnersThing about these health benefits: better respiratory and cardiovascular function, improved flexibility and balance control, reduced anxiety, stress, and pain; strengthened abs, legs, and arms, lower risk of hypertension, heart attacks, heart failure, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. There is no reason why you should not practice t’ai chi.

If you are sick and tired of tennis or step aerobics or kickboxing, but still want to stay fit, try t’ai chi. Unlike many other forms of exercise, t’ai chi is based on flowing, continuous, low-impact movements. This means that it is a good choice for everybody regardless of fitness level

But before you give this exercise a try and "Part the Horse’s Mane" or "Grasp the Bird’s Tail", there are some tips to follow to get the most out of this workout.

Dress comfortably

Choose comfortable clothing so you can move freely and stretch easily. A tank top or T-shirt and tights or shorts are the ideal attire. But if you want to fully experience its being a martial art, then wear a training uniform. People who practice t’ai chi are usually barefoot or wear comfy socks and sneakers.

Break it down

If you are too busy to practice an entire t’ai chi form in your regular routine, try to break your workout down into 10-minute or 15-minute chunks. If you are doing a taxing activity (studying for a major exam, for example), take a break and perform few minutes of t’ai chi every hour. It will relax you.

Go slow

You do not have to be in a hurry to perfectly execute the "Standing in River", "Holding Up the Sky", or "Presenting Treasure" stances. Do not expect to do the movements perfectly overnight. T’ai chi masters work for years to perfect the forms. When you become more proficient, you should execute the postures slowly for the most excellent results. T’ai chi is not step aerobics. It is not Tae Bo. So go slow.

Join a t’ai chi group

Practicing t’ai chi on your own can be a bummer sometimes. To boost your drive, try attending some t’ai chi classes and practice your social skills. The master can help you correct your form and give you helpful tips on how to make this workout more enjoyable and effective.

Keep boredom away

Doing the same routines over and over again can be a downer. To prevent boredom, mix t’ai chi up with yoga, walking or other workouts.