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Tai Chi Chuan is Good Training - Weight Loss

Updated on February 29, 2012


A bit more about me,I have had two spinal fusions to my lower back, as well as a cradle placed in my neck C4 and C5 immobilization. If you have follow my hubs, you will have read about what I know think of as part 1 of my Hernia repair. In which it describes what caused me to lose what was then a month of my life. Part 2 as yet unwritten, will then detail what transpired as that the entire past winter was lost. As I was either in hospital, for another two surgical procedures, or was walking around with abdomen stapled up as well as post op drains.

So I have to now be extra careful of weight control as well as to maintain some sort of core strength, having a major disadvantage of a hernia in my abdomen.

I now need to resort to some form of diet as well exercise that I can practice daily at home. Being a one car family I do not always have the immidiate access to transport so that Ican go off to gym.

Going back on the various forms of exercises, their Tshirts adorn the hangers in the cupboards, and only one of the many, now would actually fit.

It is very low impact, strengthens the core and has a very wide range of other benafical spinoffs.

What is this wonder form of exercise?

Tai Chi


We can start of by saying that, I am sure no matter where you live you have seen, either live in any of the surrounding parks, or on television, that slow moving flow of a fairly large group involved in their early-morning or late afternoon regime or can also be thought of as a performance of what looks like slow motion dance of sorts. This is called Tai Chi, and they are doing their Yang, or for those that know karate would call their kata.

If you look closely you will observe that the group contains all age groups and levels of fitness.

What is Tai Chi?

A bit of its history

It is a Chinese form of martial arts that originated in the 12th century in China; it was originally a form of Martial Art that had its derivative in 12th Century from the therapeutic exercises that were commonly used in Chinese medicinal practices, many centuries before that. The most common form of Martial Arts was called Tai Chi Ch'uan. There are others like Yang which concentrates on the medicinal side of its practice. There is elements of Martial Arts within the forms, it is interpretation and how you process the Chi that changes it from one to the other..

Tai Chi, is also sometimes referred to as ‘moving meditation', as this helps you reach a state of inner calm, although still providing the mind with focus or interest and the physical body being in constant movement for the entire period it takes to complete the form.

A demonstration of Tai Chu Yang

Is it possible?

How does this help you?

Your body is has a network of both energy channels and meridians which flow throughout the body, although these were mapped out centauries ago they are still being used by masseurs, acupuncturist and healers today.

These systems are stimulated by the various body movement within each form during Tai Chi practise.

What are the benefits of Tai Chi?

1st Stages, in the very beginning:-

  • Improved sense of balance
  • Improved posture
  • Increased self confidence
  • Improved general fitness
  • Improved resistance to colds and flu
  • Improved suppleness
  • Improved focus

The spin-offs in your daily life:-

  • Improved creativity
  • Increased awareness and sensitivity
  • Speedier recovery from illness and injuries
  • Increased mental energy
  • Improved Stress and Anger management
  • Improved reflexes
  • Improved memory retention

How does that come about?

  • Slow and gentile relaxed movement
  • Calm regular breathing
  • Stimulates muscle tone
  • Stimulates circulation
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system
  • Strengthens immunity to common ailments
  • Promotes relaxation
  • Encourages mental clarity, self confidence
  • Develops an inner calm

2nd Stage, as you progress about a month from start

  • Provides gentle aerobic exercise
  • Releases physical tension
  • Tones the muscles of the legs, waist and buttocks
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Relaxes you helps you stay calm
  • Assists your lymphatic system to function correctly
  • Assists in the efficient functioning of the heart, lungs and digestive system, improves efficency
  • Assists in the control of osteoporosis

Last word

Why would it work?

  • This provides a daily exercise regime that is enjoyable
  • Increases the bodies intake of oxygen which assists in the burning up of calories
  • Assists in improving your posture which makes you stand and walk correctly making you look good
  • Stimulates the circulation of lymph fluid, reducing the build up of fat and cellulite
  • Assists in improved function of bladder and bowels
  • All of which would assist in improving and prolonging your sexual activity.

Final note

For any of those of you that practise any form of holistic healing or massage or any other hands on therapies will be amazed at how more sensitive you are to the patients needs.

Care should be taken and the following needs to be adhered to:-

  • 1. Consult your health care professional for advise on any chosen exercise
  • 2. Choose a reputable instructor for whatever you do
  • 3. MOST IMPORTANT make him aware of your medical problem, if he/she is a good instructor they will be able to advise and guide you correctly

As an anecdote:-

I was training under a Chinese Doctor who was giving us our training sessions on a Tuesday evening. One of our fellow learners, a white male, owned a gym as well as a dojo in the eastern suburbs.

What he was doing was then teaching what was taught to him, to his pupils.

What I am saying learn from a master who cam support and guide you.

By all means use any of the books or DVD's to assist you and help you decide on your path, but try and join up with a school.


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      Humza 2 years ago

      Hi James,Tai Chi is an exercise proucdere just like any other ones that we can use. However, in order to bill Medicare you would have to include the group type in your plan and identify how this will assist the patient to achieve their long-term functional goals. When you bill a group to Medicare Part B, the teaching of the program is skilled but once the patient has learned the exercise but once learned, the practice of the exercise or activity is looked on as maintenance and therefore non-skilled.

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      Rodney Fagan 2 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thank You Rileigh.

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      Rileigh 2 years ago

      I thank you humbly for shinarg your wisdom JJWY

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      Adindhha 2 years ago

      The taiwanese ldaeis are so practical! I love it when they put on the long sleeves that they pull out of their bafs with elastic on each arm ens...a true taiwanese lady does not allow the sun to touch her skin!I enjoy your blog...I'm a Liao, an American woman married to a Taiwanese man. A trip to Taiwan is such a culture shock no matter how many times we make the trip!You are doing great!

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      Rodney Fagan 4 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for coming in to readthe hub, I am pleased that you find it benificial to your overall well being.

      Learning in a school is I agree better than learning at home, as the fine tuning of the placement and balance of posture is what is lost, however once you have been through the daily routine and the Chi flows you will feel when you loose the flow.

      Continued good benifits in your health!

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      Kymberly Fergusson 4 years ago from Villingen Schwenningen, Germany

      Tai chi has helped me the most to deal with fibromyalgia pain, and increase flexibility. It's especially good when wrist pain prevents many of the core-strengthening yoga postures.

      Learning in a school is certainly much better/easier than learning from videos/books.

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      Rodney Fagan 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      As you are aware go and see a doctor before carrying out any exercise program.

      As a start look in the local book stores for a book on Tai Chi, there are several DVD's advertised on this web page. Then start with your program.

      Finally if there is a chinese community where you live, ask them for guidance and assistamce. At the same time you might even have an Acupuncturist look at relieving your pain areas.

      Good Luck.

      Thanks for enquiring, I may

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      laura 8 years ago

      i suffer lower back pain and and neck pain every single day. Do you recomend me to do Thai Chi?? I never heard or know about this exercise I `m from Mty,Mexico ando I have to look where ccan I found thai chi lessons

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      Rodney Fagan 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks hsofyan, glad you enjoyed the hub and the benifitsa you gain from doing tai chi.

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      hsofyan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Wow... very nice hub!

      Thanks for sharing...

      I like tai-chi, but I have not advanced.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Yes that is why it is ideal for people with lower back or neck injuries. They should still consult a doctor before ding it.

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      hubber-2009 9 years ago from India

      Tai Chi is a low impact calistenic with a group of moves which mirror the combat arts of China.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Karen, thanks for coming back rereading this hub, it is appreciated and hope they start a class soon there soon. However there are instructional books that take you through, step by step. When looking through the book, check out the that the instructions cover weight distribution and the correct breathing for the movement, that is the one to purchase.

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      Karen Ellis 9 years ago from Central Oregon

      Hi Rodney,

      I know I read this, but I must have forgotten to leave a message. We have community classes at the college near my home. No tai chi classes this term, but will keep checking. I've thought about taking a class before.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Louise, Nonot many people thinf of it as a) exercise, and most importany b) weight loss. I as I have said started doing it and today got clarafication from my specilist physian, that I can go anhead and do this.

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      LouiseKnittel 9 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks so much for writing this, I would have never thought of Tai Chi!

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Qlcach, thanks for coming and passing on the information, I will certainly see how you help others.

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      Gary Eby 9 years ago from Cave Junction, Oregon

      Excellent Hub on the benefits of Tai Chi! Over the years I have combined Tai Chi with Yoga, Reiki, and Meditation to produce more balance between mind, body, and spirit. I don't think it matters whether you have the routine perfect or how long you work with a Master. I believe we can individualize our own approaches to healthy living. Please see how I try to help others in new ways too. Sincerely: Gary Eby, author and therapist.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for those wishes and prayers G-Ma, always enjoy your comments and hugs.

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks G-Ma, I appreciate your prayers and the hugs.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Yes best wishes prayers for you...G-Ma :o) hugs

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Marisue, will have a look at level1 hub, as I believe in holistic healing, and at the moment while still recuperating need all the help I can get. Not only is Tai Chi healing but a great way of relaxing.

      Thanks for your comment.

      Seahowto, I am feeling strangely enough a bit better each day, I have not heard of bikram Yoga but will look ir up. How dont you do a hub on it.

      Many thanks for your wishes and comments.

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      seohowto 9 years ago from Bay Area, CA

      Hey, how do you feel now? I have recently started Bikram Yoga, don't know if you've heard about this one. It's....different. Same as you would start exercising in a sauna... They believe it helps to get your toxins out, but the only benefit that I so far noticed as you don't have sore muscles on next day...

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      marisuewrites 9 years ago from USA

      Hi Just_Rodney...i'm so sorry you've gone thru all this!!  Please take a moment to read level1diet 's latest hub on a new herb he's researched !!  I think it might help you.  It has done wonders already for Tom and I've ordered some as well.

      I know some people that enjoy Tai-Chi and say it is healing. Sounds very interesting - we should all be so healthy!

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      Rodney Fagan 9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Yes it is a great spinoff as well as the speeding up of your reflexes. Thanks Constant. Keep practising.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon

      Good hub, Rodney. I've practiced at practicing Tai-Chi. I found it to be great for enhancing coordination and concentration.