Tai Chi Exercise Is Your Best Medicine
According to the British Medical Journal, exercise is as effective as some of the best drugs protecting against major diseases such as heart disease, stroke, chronic heart failure and diabetes.
Walking has always been considered the exercise wonder drug for your health. It's been proven to help treat or prevent depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis. It's low cost and easy to do for people of all ages so you are more likely to stick with it compared to other fitness programs.
If walking is a wonder drug then Tai Chi walking with dynamic motor imagery is a super concentrated drug delivery system.
Tai Chi Imagery for Peak Performance
In sports, motor imagery is a dynamic state which you mentally simulate a given action. It's usually practiced standing still, sitting or while laying down in order to improve performance. Tai Chi takes the sports idea a step further turning it into a total mind-body exercise that can be practiced anytime, anywhere and while doing any physical activity.
Some examples of the mental imagery used while Tai Chi walking are:
- Swimming in water
- Walking knee deep in mud
- Carrying and pulling heavy weights
- Stretching and bending flexible materials and objects
- Crushing stones into powder
Tai Chi Walking Benefits Yoga
Yoga practitioners would greatly benefit their art with Tai Chi walking. Mainstream Yoga focuses on relaxation, flexibility and balance while in a pose but they're missing out on flexing the mind once they leave the studio walking to the car. Tai Chi walking would help keep the Yoga mind active, warm and more flexible throughout the day.