Wow in just a week Spring has made an appearance and one that I think is finally here to stay. Up here where it has been like the frozen tundra for so long, the new wave of warm weather has truly been a breath of fresh air. The best part is I am out and walking again!!
Over the winter the frigid temps and the icy, snowy sidewalks made walking outside almost impossible. With my back and hip issues, moving is very important to keep stiffness and pain at bay, so I had to find another venue.
A friend of mine who has been a wonderful and loving home for some of my canine babies, has gently prodded me into giving Tai Chi a try. Every time she would mention it, the only thing that came to mind was....it's for old people and I am not old..ha!
This year when she suggested that I give it a try knowing that I was feeling frustrated not being able to get outside, I decided, what the heck. At least it isn't something I can hurt myself at, right?
Well, it's been a journey and one that I am thoroughly enjoying. Tai Chi not only works your muscles, especially once you move beyond the beginners classes, it also works your brain in so many ways. As an ADD person who definitely has concentration issues, tai chi demands concentration. It's like nothing I have ever done before and I really enjoy it. Who knew? Certainly not me.
One of the benefits of Tai Chi is that it is helping to loosen up my frozen hip which has been the root of my back and leg pain. It thankfully has allowed me to get out walking again.
I have been taking it slow and listening to my body. This time it's not about how fast I can get the walk done, but rather listening and responding. When I feel pain, I slow down and if there is no pain I try to stretch it, but just a little bit.
Today......2 miles and zero pain...and a very special treat on my walk. A bald eagle was soaring and circling above me coming down close enough that I could see it's majestic talons. It was breathtaking! I was so mesmerized that I never thought to get my camera out until he was moving away.
So much to see out there and I hope to continue to be able to get out there every single day!