Thursday, 8 October 2009

Tai Chi Chuan for 2009 By John J Foster.

Tai Chi Chuan is my choice for 2009.

Tai chi chuan differs from other kinds of Chinese martial arts in the it is based on four distinguishing characteristic.

1 - Round

2 - Continue

3 - Touch

4 - Breath

Round = Requires the body to have a roundness especially the waist, hands and feet.

Continue = Once started it continues like the water flowing in the river.

Touch = Use of touching internal energy

Breath = Use abdominal breathing which leads to deeper and longer breaths.

But which ever tai chi you decide to take up practice practice and soon you will know the moves then you can concentrate on other parts of the skill. gradually moving on physically and spiritually.

Tai Chi is an excellent form of exercise that offers many benefits for people seeking to look and stay younger.

It is a very powerful form of stress management and that in itself can have a positive effect on your youthful look as stress can change the choices we make in food and drinks and also cause wrinkles from frowning.

Tai Chi is a low impact form exercise and is suitable for older people. The exercises help to build strength in the muscles and that is very important as people age and lose muscles mass through a lack of use.

Tai Chi also helps people to become more balanced and to be steadier on their feet which reduce the chances of falls as people age.

Posture is another area that is improved through the exercises that are performed in Tai Chi and this helps people to look younger as the ability to stand tall rather than stooped as many older people become will give the impression of being somewhat younger.

The strength that you can build through the exercises will improve many areas of health and that will slow the aging process and improve the chances of living a longer life and having the ability to enjoy that life better.

Many Tai Chi instructors will adapt programs to suit the various age groups and levels of fitness and there are moves underway in many areas of the country to encourage more elderly people to start doing Tai Chi as it has been shown to improve the quality of life for elderly people.

It can also help to reduce the impact that old injuries can have on pain management and the enjoyment that can be lost when injuries affect sleep and other areas of aging.

The social interaction of joining in with others to do Tai Chi helps people to stay alert and coordinated and the positive attitude that this brings with it enhances their life keeping them younger for longer.

And lets face it that's something we would like to do,

Well good luck and keep working at it.


John J Foster

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