About 10 years ago I decided to try Tai Chi and I attended a few classes. I found that I didn’t have the temperament for it but I was impressed with the warm-up exercises. These are 18 moves designed to relax and tone all the major joints in the body and since I have a pretty severe case of scoliosis (curvature of the spine) it seemed to be the perfect exercise for me.
An orthopedic doctor friend assured me that she actually recommended them for her recovering patients so that clinched the deal. During the last 8 years I have had a fractured hip, non-malignant brain surgery and two sicknesses requiring hospital-ization but I’ve always returned to my exercises as soon as I could.
Actually this all started when I bought the book “Step by Step Tai Chi” by Master Lam Kam Chuen published by Simon & Schuster, Inc.
As it says in the title it takes the reader step by step through the entire Tai Chi regimen; but, it was the warm up exercises that captured my attention. They are described in simple, but very detailed, terms and with illustrations such as the one at the top of this blog entry that make it easy to learn.
I have a good friend who enjoys kidding me about the fact that I don’t do the exercises s-l-o-w-l-y as the Tai Chi master teaches. I have to agree and my apologies go out to him, but I know myself well enough by now to know that anything more than 10 minutes in the morning and I wouldn’t stick to it.
I can’t imagine starting my day without it now and, on the rare occasions that I have missed, I can tell it by early afternoon. My back starts to ache and I don’t have my usual energy level…and all because I didn’t devote those few 10 minutes to doing what’s good for me!
No matter what your age, if you are like me … and have found an exercise regimen to be near impossible … I suggest you try these 18 simple moves. They’ve been a life saver for me and if I can do it you can too! GOOD LUCK!