Practising tai chi outside where there is fresh air and free space sounds like a great idea.
You have to know what to look out for.
If it is your first time practicing tai chi, then I would suggest you, first of all, do it at home.
For those comfortable with tai chi, here is a step-by-step guide on how to practice tai chi at the park.
4 Steps To Doing Tai Chi At The Park
Step 1: Check on your outfit.
When it comes to what you wear while practicing tai chi outside, I recommend that you dress comfortably and ensure that the shoes you are using are flat.
This is because you want your movement to be as swift as possible.
Also, ensure while choosing the outfit that you have worn something that matches the weather outside.
If it is warm, carry a scarf or shoal just in case the weather becomes chilled.
Do not underdress or overdress because then you won’t be able to concentrate on your meditation or even exercise.
So yes, what you wear should be put into consideration.
Step 2: Be comfortable with the park you are going to practice your tai chi.
Before opting to practice your tai chi outside, be sure to have good knowledge of the park.
This is to be familiar with the park you want to practice your Tai chi.
Check on the surroundings and even who visits the park.
If you are comfortable working out in an open space, an open field is ideal for you.
However, if you are a little bit shy, you can choose to have some vegetation surrounding you.
Just ensure that it does not limit your ability to move around freely.
Also knowing the kind of people who visit the park is important as some may choose to visit the park with their pets and maybe you are not comfortable around that kind of pet or are even allergic.
This will leave you worried about that pet and not concentrate on your tai chi.
Step 3: Ignore the spectators.
What I have come to learn is that when having your tai chi outside, you have to get used to people stopping and observing you.
At first, it is a little intimidating but with time, once you learn to ignore them, you will be practicing your tai chi without getting bothered by the stares you will be getting from time to time.
Step 4: Give it a try.
You will never know whether you like something or not unless you give it a try.
So I suggest that you gather your courage and go try practicing your tai chi at the park of your choice.
How often should I practice my tai chi?
To get the most out of it, you should practice your tai chi for at least 15 minutes a day every day.
Is it safe to practice tai chi every day?
Yes, it is. As this is not an extreme workout kind of exercise, your body does not need to recover. You can safely practice tai chi every day.
How long should a tai chi routine last?
On average, a tai chi routine should last between 30 to 60 minutes depending on your physical condition and your objective.
Is there a best time to do tai chi?
Yes, there is. To get the best out of tai chi you should practice it early in the morning when your body is still fresh and full of energy.
Also if you are a mother like me, with the responsibilities of a husband and kids waiting on you, then this is the best time to care about your body.
Besides, you will need that kind of energy you will get from your morning tai chi exercise to help you through the day.
Enjoy Tai Chi at the Park
I wrote this blog post to help out anyone wondering how to do tai chi at the park and some other frequently asked questions about tai chi.
Just do to a quick summary; always check on these things before choosing to take your tai chi exercise outside.
Check the surrounding of the park, wear the appropriate outfit (including shoes), ignore the spectators, and lastly, take the first step of actually going to the park to practice your tai chi.
You are now ready to do your tai chi at the park.