Thursday, September 19, 2013
Well, I went to a Tai Chi class in my community today.
I really knew nothing about Tai Chi before I attended. But now I know enough that I think it's just what I need in order to improve my stability.
I found that it was much like Step class in that you have to learn a series of moves that are hard to remember. But since the Tai Chi class takes place in a church basement rather than a gym, there are no helpful mirrors on the wall to give you an all-around view of what is going on with the moves.
The good thing about Tai Chi though is that it is designed to be repetitive, whereas in Step class everything changes all the time.
Yesterday afternoon I had quite a vigorous session on the gazelle machine, so after Tai Chi this morning my legs are sore, especially my left knee. (I've now decided to avoid using the gazelle machine on the day before I intend to do Tai Chi.)
So what is Tai Chi?
It is a slow, soft version of a martial art. The leg movements are very solid and deliberate, so that for the most part you are grounded and stable all the time. The arm motions are fluid and graceful, but often require precise finger arrangements that can make even the simpler gestures difficult to perform well (at least for a complete novice like me).
I hope to continue through the entire Beginner session. The classes are structured in such a way that there is a social component as well as an exercise component. Halfway through we stop for tea and a chat, then continue with a review of what we have learned.
All exercise classes should be so civilized!
Well, maybe not. I forgot to mention that they had cookies to go with the tea.
I avoided the cookies, of course, after my horrifically high reading on the scale this morning. (Which I hope is as much a fluke as the lower weight I was enjoying just a couple of days ago.)
So there you have it. As of today, I'm going to give Tai Chi a try.