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Improving Your Health with Beginner Tai Chi

Updated on September 3, 2012

Tai Chi is for Everyone

It is a 2,000 year old exercise that has many benefits that other exercise does not offer. Qiqong is an ancient exercise that gets our qi (chee) moving. Qi is the energy that pulsates throughout our body. Tai Chi (pronounced tie chee) is the best well known form of Qiqong. It is a meditative type of exercise, mild enough for seniors to children. Studies have even shown that even beginner tai chi enhances the betterment of life for people with illnesses ranging from breast cancer to Parkinsons. It may also help people with sleep problems, and other ailments including high blood pressure. Tai chi encompasses deep breathing, slow moving martial arts, and meditative practices. Even people in wheel chairs have been able to do Tai Chi.

Beginner Tai Chi Fitness & Fun

Beginner Tai Chi

For the beginner Tai Chi is beneficial in many ways.  It alleviates stress through the gentle and flowing movements of this ancient fitness routine.  It has often been associated with meditation because it brings about about calmness and serenity to those who partake in it.  For the advanced and the beginner Tai Chi helps join the mind and body. It’s origins go back to China when it was used as a form of self defense.  But through time, it changed into a gentle and graceful mode of exercise.   This form of exercise offers the benefits of increased health and fitness and also lowers stress.
It is non competitive, and is self paced. You  can do this exercise at your own schedule.  It is a form of stretching exercise that is done in a slow and deliberate way so that each movement flows into the following one.  This keeps your body in a state of constant motion, without overly exerting yourself. There are different variations of Tai Chi, some concentrate more on health, some on martial arts, and other principles.  There are several types of Tai Chi, with varying intensities. Some require exertion and are done at a quicker rate than others, although most are done at a slow pace, which makes it appealing for all ages.  There are over a hundred different movements and positions one could do with Tai Chi.  Many of the positions are named for nature or animals.  This form of exercise encourages method and doing the movements correctly, over strength.  It is a low impact form of fitness.

An Inexpensive Way to Exercise

For the beginner Tai Chi needs to be explained. This exercise involves a fitness routine and a philosophy that helps you live in the present moment.  It takes a lot of focus to do these exercises. While you are concentrating on the poses, you forego the thoughts and worries that wear you down during the course of your daily routine. Each movement is rhythmic, and coordinated with breaths that help keep your body in a calm state, creating an inner sense of peace. There is no need buy anything special or invest in any exercise equipment, which makes Tai Chi less expensive to do. The beginner
Tai Chi does not have to make any inital investment to do this form of exercise. You can do it outside, inside, by yourself, or with a class.  It is always advisable to talk to your doctor before you do any exercise.  For the advanced and for the beginner Tai Chi is beneficial for people who have issues with their , osteoporsis, other problems with bones, spine, heart, joints, and even women who are pregnant.

Join a Tai Chi Class

In the last few years, Tai Chi has been studied in the medical community. According to the early data shows that beginner Tai Chi offers many health benefits including:

  • lowers blood pressure
  • stress reduction
  • greater endurance
  • improved cardiovascular conditioning
  • increased muscle strength
  • may reduce depression
  • greater stamina
  • improved sleep habits
  • eases chronic aches and pains
  • reduces anxiousness
  • improves energy levels
  • improved flexibility
  • better balance
  • improves circulation
  • better coordination

You will benefit most from beginer Tai Chi by joining a class, where an expert teacher who is qualified to give you guidance and instructions, can ensure you are doing the positions correctly. and give you good breathing techniques. With proper instruction you will learn to do beginner Tai Chi safely. Any exercise, even a gently one, can cause injury.

Get Informed Read a Book

A book on beginner Tai Chi will help you understand the philosophy behind the techniques. Knowledge is power, proper technique is safety.  By reading up on beginner Tai Chi, you will probably combine the mind body connection better and benefit even more in the class. If you can’t get to a class, videos  and what you learn from books, can help you get started in this wonderful and relaxing form of exercise.

Beginner Tai Chi classes are probably going on as you are reading this, now.   So what are you waiting for? Call your local ‘Y’, a health club, the community centers, or a wellness center near you.

Learn the Philosophy of Tai Chi

Tai Chi will Benefit You in Many Ways

Before you join a beginner Tai Chi, ask smart questions about the qualifications of the instructor, to make sure they have the experience, training, and knowledge.  Licensed instructors may not be required in your area, it is important to know who is guiding you. Try to get recommendations, and feel comfortable with who is leading the class and their methods. Beginner Tai Chi can be a wonderful experience that will offer you benefits for now and the long term. Tai Chi classes also offers a social element, which help keep you motivated.  In learning beginnerTai Chi, you may be able to apply some of the body mind connection to many stressful situations in your life, even when you can’t exercise. Tai Chi may help you while you are sitting at your desk, stuck in traffic, or dealing with a frustrating situation you can’t remove yourself from at that moment.

The advanced and beginner Tai chi increases flexibility, balance, strength, and cardiovascular health. Tai chi exercise has been found to be comparable to weight training in increased body strength. It can offer greater strength training than walking.  People who are stressed, dealing with pain, and had anxiety issues, benefitted greatly from this form of  chinese exercise. Tai chi has been shown to reduce blood levels that were associated with heart problems. Post menopausal women who desire to maintain their  bone density could also benefit from tai chi.  Even The Arthritis Foundation promotes tai chi classes.

Beginner Tai chi classes give the students feedback and motivation to continue this gentle form of exercise.  Instructors can make sure the exercises are done properly, and to avoid injury.  Tai Chi  teachers will give you the benefit of their years of experience. It is a form of exercise that benefits people of all ages, all lifestyles, and even with existing health and physical conditions.

The rewards from beginner Tai Chi may just surprise you. If you have tried Tai Chi, I hope you will share your experience.


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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi Ariel, I happen to think that a lot of what comes from ancient China is very interesting and has lot to offer the Western world.

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      toknowinfo 5 years ago

      Hi George, I am glad you this hub was helpful for you. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      georgescifo 5 years ago from India

      Great hub. Thanks for sharing this hub on Tai Chi which is totally new to me..

    • toknowinfo profile image

      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Hi L.L., Thanks for your vote of approval!

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      L.L. Woodard 6 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I had to come and check out your hub on this topic. Nicely done!

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      LivingFood 7 years ago

      I had no idea Tai Chi was so good for you..maybe one day! Thanks for sharing this info.

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      Linda Crampton 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for an excellent description of Tai Chi. People look so graceful when they are performing Tai Chi exercises. I would like to find the time to take classes since I’m interested in the great health benefits that Tai Chi offers.

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      lindajot 7 years ago from Willamette Valley - Oregon

      I've been intriqued with this form of exercise and you've inspired me to look into it further - thanks!

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      Wooded 7 years ago

      This sounds fantastic. I will be looking into it. Thanks for putting this together.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Very good form of low impact exercise with many great benefits, it is something i do every morning, with such great Tai Chi moves like brush push, snake creeps down and fighting tiger and many more. If you can't afford to go to a class you can get Scott Cole's DVD's and do it that way.

      Great hub!!! Thumbs up!!!

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      Rob Hanlon 7 years ago from Epicentre of everywhere

      I tried out Tai Chi many years ago, despite being rather cynically-inclined towards the benefits having any effect. It amazed me how it helped with my breathing, which in turn helped me have more energy.

      Great Hub.

      Thank you.

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      clark farley 7 years ago

      Great Hub!

      Spent a number of years studying t'ai chi (Yang style) I will add my voice to reccomend to any all people looking for a different way to exercise, try it!

      (With the proper Instructor) it has a very low 'strangeness/intimidation' threshold for beginners. Watch a class and you will see movements that should have you thinking, "I can do that!" (In contrast to some of the external martial arts, with the kicks and difficult looking moves.)

      In contrast, t'ai chi will look graceful, quiet and even slow. And it is. Of course, that is just the surface. Looks, as always can be deceiving. Not that that is a bad thing.

      What I enjoy the most is that the benefits of this is available to you on any level you happen to be on.

      And it never gets boring...

      Definately anyone looking for a way to stay healthy through exercise, should try t'ai chi. And it has an huge benefit of never, ever being boring.

      The more you learn, the more you get out of it!


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