Do Tai Chi or Qigong While You Golf, Run, or Swim
May 25, 2010 - The
National Physical Fitness and Sports Month may be winding down now, yet with
months of warmer weather ahead, people are more geared up for outdoor sports.
While Tai Chi and Qigong can be practiced as stand-alone activities in amiable
outdoor settings, you can also immerse them in other sports, such as golf,
running, and swimming. And there are experts
emerged in each immersion field.
Chi and Golf
Improving the coordination of the
arms, the waist and the legs during movements, relaxing muscles, and improving
balance - these are the main reasons for the synergy between Tai Chi/Qigong and
A study published by the journal
Medicine and science in sports and
exercise in 2004 shows that among elderly subjects, the experienced Tai Chi
practitioners and the experienced golfers both have much better joint
proprioceptive acuity and dynamic standing balance control than those who do not
practice either of these two activities.
Building upon such synergy, there
have emerged some programs integrating Tai Chi movements into golf practice. The
most prominent one among them is probably
chi-power GOLF, which is used by the Professional Golfers' Association
(PGA). The program was developed by Jayne Storey, a Tai Chi teacher in the U.K.
who has been practicing Yang Style Tai Chi since 1987.
You can find comprehensive
information about chi-power GOLF on
Chi and Running
world of Tai Chi/Qigong for runners, the counterpart of
chi-power GOLF is
ChiRunning, a method developed by a nationally ranked ultra-marathon runner, Danny
Several years ago, Dreyer got the
idea for ChiRunning after taking some Tai Chi classes from a friend. Both Tai
Chi and Qigong use mind to harness the body's energy, which inspired Dreyer to
apply this philosophy to running. Soon he felt revolutionary changes in both his
running experience and his running performance.
The principle of the ChiRunning
method is to make runners focus on posture, form, breathing, and mind so that
they can experience running as an injury-free, effortless, and enjoyable
Dreyer's ChiRunning method has
received coverage from major media including USA Today and Time
magazine. Its official website,
http://www.chirunning.com, is the best source for further
Chi and Swimming
Breathing is one of the fundamental
techniques that a swimmer needs to master, and that is exactly what the profound
breathing exercises from Tai Chi and Qigong can help for swimmers to strengthen
their skills. Some people who do
both Tai Chi and swimming also think the Tai Chi forms help them to make
smoother strokes when swimming.
A very good program of doing Tai Chi in water was developed by Julie Andrews, who is
both a swimming instructor certified by the Aquatic Exercise Association and Tai
Chi instructor certified by Dr. Paul Lam, one of ATCQA's advisors. You can
click here to watch her demonstrate Water Tai
Chi on YouTube.