I am a 49 year old woman who had let myself get out of shape and gain weight from lack of exercise and stress. When I started tai chi back in September of last year, I mainly just wanted stress relief and to gain energy. Well, I’ve gotten those two things for sure, but so much more.
I’ve lost 30 pounds over the past year and not because I’ve been on a crash diet. My eating habits have changed but, as Chad says, Tai Chi changes everything and I now believe that. I crave more healthy foods and eat in more moderation and I listen to Chad’s suggestions on dietary changes and limiting caffeine (which has been hard for me, but the increased energy due to taking Tai Chi has made it easier).
My metabolism has somehow changed in that I can now maintain this new weight with little effort (before, I had to work many hours in the gym and do much aerobic exercise to keep my weight this low). I’m toned in a way I’ve never been and I can’t quite understand how something so easy can achieve that, but it does. I haven’t gone to the gym in months, touched a weight, or taken many walks but I’m maintaining my shape and weight just by doing Tai Chi a few times a week.
I know it would be even better if I’d practice everyday (sorry, Chad!). I love Tai Chi because I’m lazy, don’t have a lot of time to work out, it relaxes me, and it works.