If you’ve never done tai chi, you’re missing out on a world of health and wellness benefits!
Rooted in ancient Chinese tradition, tai chi means "moving meditation," and is comprised of a series of slow, graceful, and relaxed movements combined with deep breathing and meditation.
But don’t let the gentle nature of this activity fool you! Tai chi is a weight-bearing, aerobic exercise that will engage all your major muscle groups, improving strength and endurance.
Regularly practicing tai chi can also enhance you balance, agility, coordination and flexibility.
To find a tai chi class near you, inquire at your local fitness center. Or, do a quick Internet search to find a class in your area.
Remember to log your progress to achieve PALA+.
THIS WEEK’S NUTRITION TIP:
EAT SMALLER PORTIONS
I understand the challenges of a busy schedule and eating healthy portion sizes. I’m in a hurry a lot, which means I have to be extra mindful about eating slowly and recognizing when I’m full.
Of course, it’s always great to have an occasional treat. The White House pastry chefs make incredible desserts, but only on special occasions. On a daily basis, to satisfy a sweet tooth, try snacking on fruit. One of the best things about fruit is that it’s full of fiber – which makes you feel full for longer.
Another way to cut your portion size is to use a small plate at mealtimes. But, what I like best is sharing a meal with family and friends over the dinner table, because when I’m enjoying the company of others, I’m talking more and taking smaller bites!