By NATALIA HAWK
Some of you might know that I work full time, and that I also study law full time. This is because I
am on crack have a long history of making poor choices relating to my personal health and sanity.
A normal week for me looks like this: work study eat sleep work study eat sleep work study eat forget to sleep work study forget to eat sleep work study work work work work wine.
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As if that isn’t enough, I am also currently participating in a fitness regime that I like to think Ian Thorpe would look at and go, “er, no thank you.” (He would actually probably look at it and laugh in disdain, but it’s my fantasy so whatever.) I’m training for a bridge run and also for a 10-day ski trip and so there is a lot of cross-fitness and cardio and strength-training happening, and sometimes I just find myself in a strange daze doing Zumba in front of my TV at 11 o’clock at night.
The only problem? Exercise is supposed to make you feel better. And over the last few weeks, I’ve generally been so exhausted that I’m left wondering: why does exercise make me feel worse?
So I’ve decided that I’m going to listen to my body. I’m going to sleep more. I’m going to eat better. And – because modern exercise isn’t working for me – I’m even going to look at incorporating some ancient remedies into my exercise routine, in some kind of attempt to restore the sense of balance and calmness that I’ve been so desperately craving.
First up? Tai chi. I’ve loved tai chi ever since I did a body balance class that incorporated some elements of tai chi into the lesson. Ever since, I’ve taken a few lessons here and there but never really practiced it – which is a shame, because the benefits of tai chi include exercising the body and clearing the mind.
The health related benefits of Tai chi has attracted millions of people worldwide – it can help with stress, fatigue, anxiety and poor posture as well as arthritis and joint stiffness. Additionally, it improves flexibility, strength and – for me anyway – concentration.
BUT HOW, I hear you cry? Doesn’t tai chi just involve doing a bunch of martial art poses veeeeery slowly?