Is tai chi the right fit for me?
Tai chi is an activity that can not only keep you fit and healthy but help you relax and de-stress too. The low impact nature of tai chi makes it ideal for beginners, especially if you’re not keen on more high intensity activities.
You may hear it referred to as called tai chi chuan, but even if the name is slightly different, the activity is the same. Tai chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. It’s been popular all over the world, since the 13th century so there must be something to it!
Is this suitable for me?
People of all ages and abilities can practise tai chi. It’s a particularly good activity for people who haven’t been active in a while, as it’s quite calming and gentle on the body. Lots of the movements used in tai chi can also be adapted for those who have disabilities or use wheelchairs.
It’s a very accessible activity but if you have any health conditions or you’re worried about being active you can always talk to your GP before you begin starting. You may also need to take extra care if you’re pregnant, have a hernia, back pain or severe osteoporosis.
How will it benefit me?
Tai chi can offer a real lift to your health and wellness. A lot of the movements used are designed to make you feel calm, reduce stress and centre yourself. There’s also a lot of deep breathing, which is great for improving lung function. Tai chi can:
- Reduce stress
- Improve balance and general mobility
- Increase muscle strength in the legs.
- Is said to reduce the risk of falls
- Help improve mobility in those with arthritis
- Low impact exercise
- Low pressure on bones and joints
- Improve heart and lung function
- Help you lose weight
- Manage weight
- Tone muscles
- Increase stamina and energy
- Reduced tension, anxiety and depression
- Sleep better
- Reduce the risk of heart disease,
- Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes
- Reduce risk of stroke
How much will it cost me?
Tai chi is usually done as part of class in your community. Prices can start from just £2-£5 per class and tend to be paid on a per visit basis. This is great if you only want to give it a try without committing yourself.
If you’re already a member at a local gym, it may be worth asking if tai chi classes are included with your membership to save yourself some money.
Videos and books are also available if you don’t want to attend a class.
Can I do this near me?
There are plenty of places that do tai chi classes in and around Liverpool. It’s a great way to meet likeminded people and make some great new friends.
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How do I start?
Find a local class and go along for a look. You can talk to the instructor and they may even let you watch first, so you can decide if it looks like something you’d enjoy.
You can also take a look at some online videos or books on the subject to get a feel for it. This may even give you a head start in class when you start to learn the different movements and techniques.
So that’s tai chi. If you’re interested in seeing other ways to start being active, take a deep breath and visit our activities page for some great ideas