Moving the body is one of the eight components of the Circle of Health. Notice that the Circle of Health’s focus isn’t on “exercising” the body or “challenging” the body or “working” the body. Simply moving the body can offer so many benefits to our overall health and well-being. This week’s #LiveWholeHealth offers basic Tai Chi moves for that effect.
Tai Chi is a practice that is accessible to many people of differing abilities. It’s gentle, slow and can be done seated or even lying down. With regular practice, its possible benefits lead to balance, inner peace, and physical and emotional health.
What exactly is it?
According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, “Tai chi is a practice that involves a series of slow gentle movements and physical postures, a meditative state of mind and controlled breathing. Tai chi originated as an ancient martial art in China. Over the years, it has become more focused on health promotion and rehabilitation.”
If you are interested in learning more about how Tai Chi may improve your health, such as decreasing fall risk, pain, chronic disease, dementia, chronic disease and more, click here.
In this episode, join Lori Enloe, a physical therapist and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness coach from the Wisconsin VA Medical Center for an 18-minute seated basic Tai Chi practice:
Practice Tai Chi Warm-Ups
Live Whole Health #132: Tai Chi Warm-Ups – VA News.
Why is Moving the Body Important?
Moving the body is any activity that uses your energy to move the large muscles in your body. Some activities increase your stamina, while others improve your strength, flexibility or balance. Moving your body in these ways can improve your ability to do more of the things you want.
The resources and tools offered here will help you explore ways to move your body, set goals, and be successful.