For the past few months I’ve fallen off my exercise wagon. I had been going crazy at work (its finally somewhat quiet now although its picking up again) and my time outside of work has been consumed by this and that. When I get home I just wanna lay on my couch and remain still…or just fall asleep.
I finally decided that I needed to get off my ass. I’ve never been a fan of killing myself over exercise so I had been thinking of something to keep me fit but won’t kill me in the process. That’s why I liked the idea of Yoga…yeah, that didn’t work out so well, been there done that, my body is not that bendy…yet. I haven’t given up on Yoga, just taking a break.
So, then I remembered how much I enjoyed Tai Chi. A few years back, when I was still living in Vancouver, my dad gave me a tape. I was on this health kick and started Tai Chi along with my regular exercising. In the beginning I was laughing my ass off because, well, 1) the women on the tape spoke Cantonese, which I understand, but barely and 2) the movements were so slow I thought it would never end. I was a bit ignorant about Tai Chi, but once I started getting serious and figured out what the women was saying, I really got into it. Unfortunately, when I moved back to Toronto, I lost the tape and just kinda forgot about it (as you do when you’ve moved across the country again) and started doing other exercises.
Flash forward, I asked my dad for another copy, once I decided that I would give Tai Chi another whirl, and I’ve started it up again when I got the tape this week. Its been great, a perfect way for me to stay healthy and relaxed – not out of breath and ready to keel over. There’s this component of Tai Chi that is about your breathing and for some reason all the breath-in and breath-out’s that are being said on this tape in Cantonese, which once made me laugh and annoyed me a little, keeps me focused and calm. Oh, how I’ve matured 😉 .
Of course Tai Chi will not be my only way of exercising. I need to do cardio and strength training, but the Tai Chi will keep me focused. It feels good to kick start my exercise regimen again.