Tai Chi and me

Hi FP50 readers!

I keep reading about the benefits of Tai Chi and its positive effects on the health fitness components, such as strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, functional ability and so much more. Study after study has demonstrated Tai chi to improve ones health in so many areas, specifically regarding dynamic and functional balance (Heyward, 2010). This is so important, especially as one ages. Because if we improve our balance and stability, it will lessen our likelihood of falling. There are studies that show Tai Chi to be an effective exercise for reducing falls in older adults (Kuramoto 2006, Maciaszek et al. 2007 and Keller 2009). At 51, I’m not getting any younger. And although I love doing my High Intensity Interval Training to keep me fit, agile and strong, I need to balance it out with some Tai Chi. So today I am going to take things down several notches and try out my first Tai Chi workout. If I like it (and I suspect I will), this is going to be part of my regular exercise regimen, at least 2X per week. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Heyward, V. H. (2010). Advanced fitness assessment and exercise prescription (6th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.