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1.Tai Chi

Tai Chi has traditionally been thought of as an exercise for the elderly and although this is not entirely true because Tai Chi is suitable for all age groups.

Tai Chi is certainly beneficial for the elderly for many reasons, the most obvious one is that the movements are soft and gentle and they may be practiced without placing a strain on the body.

In the West we are experiencing an aging population, with people living longer than ever before. Science has made remarkable leaps forward and Western medicine is able to prolong life. The question must be asked of the quality of the life the elderly are experiencing.

It appears that as we grow older we are taught to expect the onslaught of aches and pains, because the body is wearing out and therefore we can expect to have to wear glasses, or experience impaired hearing.

My question is why? Why must we accept this? Tai Chi's gentle movements keep all of the joints mobile without strain. It is important to keep the body moving and not allow the joints to cease up.

However there is so much more going on in the inside and a lot of this is affected by the fuel that we take into our body.

For example people suffering from arthritis have found that when they eliminate potatoes and tomatoes from their diet they have found great improvement in their condition. This information is given to people attending Tai Chi classes.

Another consideration for people suffering from joint problems is the intake of tropical fruit.

Fruit is very yin containing a lot of acid, and although it contains important vitamins and minerals, the acid contained in the fruits can have a harmful effect on your joints.

Dried fruit contains the same vitamins and minerals without the harmful effect of the acid. All of this valuable information is available in our Chang Ming Long Life Diet and Recipe Book.

In our Tai Chi classes we work on developing the individual's internal energy. The greater your body's natural internal energy; the better the quality of the individuals health.

Tai Chi is like every thing else, the more you put into it the more you will get out of it. A person attending a weekly class; without practicing in between classes will gain from the movements.

A person who also practices a little every day will gain on a daily basis. This is because the person who practices every day is continually working on developing their body's internal Chi energy.

If you are unable to attend weekly classes, we have easy to follow videos and books so that you can practice in the comfort of your own home.

I am often asked how long or how often you should practice Tai Chi, if you think you have to practice for an hour each day; a lot of people will not have the time.

If however when you put the kettle on to make a drink of tea you can practice some of the movements you have learnt. You will gain without having to make major adjustments to your life style.

Tai Chi is also excellent for improving your balance, a lot of scientific research has taken place in the United States regarding the positive affect that practicing Tai Chi has on improving the balance of the elderly.

It was found that people who practiced Tai Chi were less likely to fall and Tai Chi students experienced less broken bones.

Tai Chi helps to improve the mind, again the expression ‘if you don't use it you lose it’ is very apt.

Tai Chi works every part of the mind and body, using both the inside and the out. We have people studying Tai Chi well over eighty years and older so it’s never to late to start.

Start practicing Tai Chi today and discover great quality of life, every day of your life.

Sheila Dickinson President and Master Instructor of LFA T'ai Chi Health Arts and has written eight books and produced five videos on the subject. The LFA websiteoffers information about this style of tai chi, the many health benefits and also has easy online ordering of all the books and videos, there is also a short free video clip of Sheila teaching you the first few movements of the Tai Chi Form. This article is copyright (c) 2005 by Sheila Dickinson, and may be reprinted in it's entirety as long as this byline and copyright statement is included. Master Instructor LFA Tai Chi Health Arts http://www.lfataichi.com Copyright 2005


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