Anyone do tai chi for health benefits? Also, any recreational bike riders?

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Posted 1/22/2013 by froggyscraps in NSBR Board


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Posted: 1/22/2013 7:49:37 PM
It was recommended to me by my doc since I can't handle gym workouts because he said they're too intense while I'm dealing with my health problems.

I was just looking for some tips and advice on how to get started.

Also, anyone bike just for fun (not seriously or races)?
What bike do you have and any tips/suggestions?
I was thinking I might try it since it seems low key.


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Posted: 1/22/2013 8:12:14 PM
I've never done it but it looks pretty cool. I love seeing groups of people doing it together.

From what I understand, there are only like 15 moves and once you know them you can go to any group and fit right in.

If I wanted to learn, I'd probably search youtube and practice in my own living room until I learned, then maybe look for a group.

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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:36:46 AM
I have never done tai chi. A studio where I took classes offered a gentle yoga class a couple times a week. That might be something you could look into if you can't find a tai chi class.

I have a Trek recreational bike. I love it. It is a well made comfortable bike to ride.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 7:57:08 AM
We bike recreationally all the time during warmer months. We live very near bike trails that are an old railroad bed do only gentle inclines. It can be as cardio as you want it to be. I have a hybrid Giant bike. I like the more upright and pedal forward design for comfort. My husband and son do quite a bit of mountain biking and I do go on occasion to some of the easier trails for some variety

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Posted: 1/23/2013 9:07:05 AM
Tai Chi is fabulous. It's great exercise, relaxing, and easy on you if you have health issues (I have asthma) There are way more than 15 moves though, especially if you do the long form.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 11:50:30 AM
DH and I ride bikes with the kids a lot. I don't even know what kind of bikes they are, some $100 things from Target. DH's bike has an attachment that's kind of like a half bike so DS can pedal with him, and the baby seat is on mine. We just ride at our local greenway trails and we take them with us when we go camping.


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Posted: 1/23/2013 12:50:58 PM
I haven't been to Tai Chi classes in a while (too far away and too late in the evening) and despite good intentions I struggle with the space at home BUT it is fabulous exercise and even with knee/ankle problems it is doable. I noticed a huge change in the strength and flexibility of my knees.

I also like that breathing and eventually meditation are part of the practice so it literally works all of the body.


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Posted: 1/24/2013 10:30:12 PM
Thanks for all the info!
I'm going to go search on youtube for some tai chi examples and do some more research on bikes.
Perhaps I should ask about the bike thing in a new thread?


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Posted: 1/25/2013 12:49:33 AM
beginning tai chi DVD

There are a number of beginning Tai Chi DVD's to help you get started. Tai Chi can be done by people of any age. It's slow movement, balance, stretching and gentle

My husband and I bought ourselves bikes for our last anniversary. comfort bike THis is what I got and I've been happy. I did by a fancier seat but other wise this bike fits me fine. I think I got the small, I'm 5/2
My husband bought a bike from Sports authority as well but it just didn't work for him. He ended up with an Electra comfort bike, more expensive than mine but it worked better for him, the angle of the handle bars was better, the closeness of the seat and the handle bars.
I would go to a bike shop, look at different bikes then most will let you ride around to see if it fits you or not

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Posted: 1/25/2013 7:22:39 AM
I've never done Tai Chi, but I did Ai Chi, tai chi in the water (the T drowned)
Ai Chi is Fantastic! I loved it and only quit because I had to start working full time and the only class is in the middle of the morning. The thing about doing it in the water is you won't fall and the bouyancy of the water helps you by lifting the muscle off you bones (sort of) to make it an easier workout to do, but you don't lose any health benefits. I couldn't believe how much it did for me in the years I took it. I miss it like crazy.
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