I am one of those people who really doesn’t like exercise and I have tried pretty much everything out there. I’m particularly drawn to dance exercise videos, but even those can’t hold my attention for very long. After working my way through them a couple of times, I know what comes next and I get bored. So, not only was I neglecting my body and what it needed in the form of exercise, I was falling deeper and deeper into a slump. Nothing seemed to be able to lift me out of it. I don’t even want to think about how difficult I was to live with. I can’t remember who it was who suggested Tai Chi to me, but I’m forever in their debt.
I don’t know what it is, but the slow-moving,Â gentle turning and the graceful stretching appealed to me for some reason. It didn’t require sweating and I wanted to learn more. Big surprise there!
Another thing that appealed to me was the fact that you can do the exercises repeatedly over the course of each day. I hate having to do a long stretch of exercise. After 10 minutes, I’m bored to tears. I don’t know how my daughter can exercise for an hour at a time and not hate every minute of it. And she loves it?? But, I can do the hour easily if I can spread it out over a day. Actually, I could probably do a lot more if I can do it whenever the urge strikes!
I haven’t mentioned the fact that I hadn’t been sleeping for a long time, but that had been the case for a couple of years. My husband was being transferred to another country and the possibility had been hanging over my head and sleep was suffering badly. I’m sure that it was the Tai chi that actually helped me sleep more soundly. I was learning how to relax. And my moods were changing for the better too. And all I had to do was stretch! Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that, but it was a whole lot easier than I expected.
I had also read that it was beneficial to those of us who were aging… which is pretty much all of us now that I think of it, but as we age, we tend to pick up all of these little extras that we didn’t have when we were in our 30s… like brittle bones, arthritis etc… Not only was I sleeping poorly, I was waking up with aching muscles that I didn’t even know that I had. It seems that Tai Chi can help in those areas as well because it uses all the muscles in the body and offers a cardio workout as well. Even my back was not aching as much as I had gotten used to. That was definitely a perk.
Is anyone finding benefits from this kind of exercise?? It certainly seems promising to me so far! Would love to hear from you!