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   I'm 65 and due to some physical limitations need an excersise program that is "low impact" yet builds flexibility and health.  Is anyone else doing Tai Chi?  I'm using an old David Caradine tape as it is 30 miles to go for any formal classes.

   I'd like to correspond with others who are doing the same thing.

Butterfly Patsu

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I tried to send you a message but I guess I am limited to two a day.  My husband calls me his kitten because I am sweet and like to cuddle like a cat. It sounded cooler when I first thought of it lol. I don't know if you had another question but if you do feel free to message me or comment again. Oh and I am 21 yrs but I have always felt older or wiser lol one of the two.

My boyfriend does Tai Chi. He's on to long form, and it's really healthy and you almost meditate while doing it. I call it his "dancin" exercise :) I say go for it! It is really low impact, but he sweats a lot while doing it. They have tons of videos you can train at home even. The class my boyfriend goes to is at the local community center. I do recommend a class because they really help train you in the actual 'form' and a teacher can correct any wrong doings. But if you can't get there, then don't feel bad about that.

In July this summer, I had to have a total knee replacement (skiing since I was 5 - I am now 60) ~ I bought a Tai Chi video and love it. At first, I felt stupid if my husband was in the same room. Now he knows to stay away while I do my thing. I was amazed at how un-balanced I was! I became depressed and stopped doing it but then thought, okay get back on track. I have been doing it for about 3 weeks now - 2 - 3 times a week and I really do love it. Their is something about the calm that takes over you and feeling grounded. I live in the mountains of Colorado and to go to any classes is a trip. I will gladly keep in contact with you ~, maybe it will get me motivated to do it on a regular basis!
In July this summer, I had to have a total knee replacement (skiing since I was 5 - I am now 60) ~ I bought a Tai Chi video and love it. At first, I felt stupid if my husband was in the same room. Now he knows to stay away while I do my thing. I was amazed at how un-balanced I was! I became depressed and stopped doing it but then thought, okay get back on track. I have been doing it for about 3 weeks now - 2 - 3 times a week and I really do love it. Their is something about the calm that takes over you and feeling grounded. I live in the mountains of Colorado and to go to any classes is a trip. I will gladly keep in contact with you ~, maybe it will get me motivated to do it on a regular basis!

   Thank you.  Which video do you have?  Right now the pace of this one is perfect but it would be nice to get another one for when this one gets boring or too easy.  I feel weird if my husband walks in too.  I just try to pretend it's OK. <g> I'm glad I'm not the only one with less than perfect balance.  I quit doing it last summer for that very reason.  However, over the months I wasn't doing it, I would "balance" on one foot whenever I thought of it and other simular activities and was surprised when I started the Tai Chi back up this week that I was better at that part.  I can't quite do the whole tape yet but I'm working on getting it right and relaxing and breathing like he says on the tape.

     My knees aren't bad enough for replacement but they don't allow me to bend like I would like to.  There is only one move that is beyond me because of my knees and that is a BIG improvement over every other excersise video I've tried--even the ones of "seniors" have you getting up & down from the floor!!  I just do that move the best I can--just can't get as low as they do on the tape.  I figure that "ain't" bad for an old gal!!

Thank you again,

Pat

Original Post by x17star17x:

My boyfriend does Tai Chi. He's on to long form, and it's really healthy and you almost meditate while doing it. I call it his "dancin" exercise :) I say go for it! It is really low impact, but he sweats a lot while doing it. They have tons of videos you can train at home even. The class my boyfriend goes to is at the local community center. I do recommend a class because they really help train you in the actual 'form' and a teacher can correct any wrong doings. But if you can't get there, then don't feel bad about that.

 You are right that it is much like dancing, I think that is one thing I like about it. I used to be able to do areobic dance but not any more.  I don't know what "long form" means but I sure it is more advanced.  I'm also sure you are correct that a class is better but it would be a 60 mile round trip so at the moment that is out of the question.

Patsu

hi everyone! I am so glad to hear that you all are intrested in Tai Chi! I am actually a certified tai chi for arthritis instructor. I work at my local senior center and teach 3 beginning and 1 advanced Tai Chi for arthritis classes there. My seniors LOVE it!!! It is no impact and gives them such great strength training and balance. I don't only have seniors that come people as young as 20 have taken my class. I am 25 and teach it with a passion. I live in Missouri and teach several classes in my area but I am sure that you won't be able to make those :) so I will recommend a DVD that my class uses for practice and was made by the master trainer of the program Dr. Paul Lam. It is a great DVD, you can find it at Taichiproductions.com and the one that I love is the one for arthritis. There are lots of different forms, but this one seems easy enough to learn and still gives such great benefits!!! Hope you enjoy!

butterflypatsu ~ Last night I started on the stationary bike, did my knee exercises, and then put in the Tai Chi video. Even the beginning Tai Chi was difficult, especially when you have to raise the arms. My arms are so fat! I got depressed but I pressed on. Have been to China several times and I love looking out to see people of all ages and dress in the middle of the mall doing Tai Chi. It really is beautiful and I want to get to that stage. I weighed myself today and I have lost 2 lbs this week. I am one of those people who want it NOW. You would think by this age that I would have more patience but I don?t. Keep me posted how you are going with your Tai Chi.
Original Post by amyjo174:

hi everyone! I am so glad to hear that you all are intrested in Tai Chi! I am actually a certified tai chi for arthritis instructor. I work at my local senior center and teach 3 beginning and 1 advanced Tai Chi for arthritis classes there. My seniors LOVE it!!! It is no impact and gives them such great strength training and balance. I don't only have seniors that come people as young as 20 have taken my class. I am 25 and teach it with a passion. I live in Missouri and teach several classes in my area but I am sure that you won't be able to make those :) so I will recommend a DVD that my class uses for practice and was made by the master trainer of the program Dr. Paul Lam. It is a great DVD, you can find it at Taichiproductions.com and the one that I love is the one for arthritis. There are lots of different forms, but this one seems easy enough to learn and still gives such great benefits!!! Hope you enjoy!

 Amyjo,

     I want to thank you soooo much.  I had no idea there were so many forms of Tai Chi!!  I went to the web site and unfortunately there are 2 problems: first I can't afford $25 for a tape and second I only saw CD's & DVD's and I have an old video player so that wouldn't work anyway.  The closest instructor I found is in Vancouver and they were for Diabetics; if I cross the boarder into Portland there were some who were for Arthritis but that is about 80 miles.  Even the ones in Vancouver would be OK for an occational way to check out my form but Vancouver is still about 60 miles.  I might just as well plan on coming to one of your classes.  :)

     I was wondering, however, if any of your students might have an older version of a used video that is left over after they updated to a DVD that I could buy??  Either the one you mentioned (Arthritis) or the one for "Older students" sounded like they would be perfect for me.  I would be happy to pay something + shipping.

     I've only been doing this for about a week and a half (started this summer & wasn't motivated enough I guess) and my balance is much improved already.  I got interested in Tai Chi because a previous boss of mine suggested I look into it.  Her Dr had recommended it for seniors because of the benefits of balance due to the fact that falls are so common in older Americans.  I've always loved dance and when I see scenes of the people standing in a park, a parking lot, or even in a work-place doing the Tai Chi movements I've been so impressed with the beauty and rythym and many times the people in these scenes are elderly so that was incouraging, too.  I'm 65 and waaaaay toooo inactive.  I don't actually have Arthritis but I'm stiff and my joints are inflexable due (I think) to lack of use.  So to start with the tape for Seniors or for Arthritics just makes sense.  Curently I'm using one that I found at the Goodwill.  It is "Tai Chi Workout" with David Carradine.  While I'm in town today I'm going to see if there is one that you mentioned at the library.

Thanks again,

Patsu

butterfly, I am so sorry my participants all have the DVD. however I do know that my local library (which is in a very small town) actually had the same one we use that you could check out. If they don't  have the tape maybe you could ask them to buy the dvd for their collection and then maybe find a used dvd  player at a garage sale or goodwill. I just saw one the other day for 10 dollars at a garage sale by my mothers house. Anyway, good luck to you!!! I know that you will enjoy tai-chi it is a wonderful thing in my life!

 

Let me know if I can help in any way!

Amy

I am about to have total knee replacement, and have been practicing  T'ai Chi for over 5 yrs off-and-on.I will keep you posted

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