If you are like me and don’t really like to exercise, try what I like to call one of the “Lazy Woman’s Exercises” to get you going. One of them is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts called Tai Chi Chuan. Although it is a martial art, today it is mainly used to promote health and increase longevity. It also has many other benefits :
- improves sleep quality
- improves muscle strength
- improves energy, balance, flexibility
- improves overall well-being
- reduces anxiety and depression
- helps lower blood pressure
Tai Chi is a a system of movements performed in a slow manner, each flowing into the next. The poses are gentle and don’t require any strength or special skills. There are a number of places to begin learning Tai Chi. Look for an instructor in your area at a community center or wellness facility. If you can’t find a teacher in your area, there are a few videos that can help you get started. Simplified Tai chi Chuan with Applications (YMAA) or Tai Chi – The 24 Forms DVD are good ones for newcomers to Tai Chi. Although tai chi is generally safe, always consult your doctor before starting a new exercise program.