Tai Chi Push Hands
Sometimes referred to as kneading hands or sticking hands, this supplementary program is part of our Tai Chi program. Pushing Hands is for the refinement of body postures and execution of movement. The focus is on finding one's natural body strength through the interpretation, redirection and absorption of force. Training includes single and double pushing hands in fixed and moving steps done with a partner. This is an essential exercise for higher achievement in martial arts and a prerequisite for many competitions.
1. Stick to a six times a day, every two to three hours, protein and carb snack. A fist sized portion of protein three times a day with a fist sized portion of carbs (good carbs – low GI). Two servings of vegetables with carbs for the two snacks at which you miss the protein. Protein can be meat, fowl, fish, eggs, nuts, soya products or a protein drink. Top off each snack with a normal sized glass of water. You ought, on average drink two litres of liquids a day.
2. Eat fruit! Two or three pieces of fruit per day.
3. Simply don’t buy any bad food. Just don't have any in your house, car, or office. Full stop. If you’re tempted to pop into a shop to buy junk repeat to yourself a mantra in your mind. “Don’t do it!”; “You’ll pay in sweat and pain”; “Next snack is only at 3, I can wait!” etc. Think of, and do, something else.
4. Whenever you get sugar cravings, chew a stick of low sugar gum.
5. Minimum – absolutely minimum intake of alcohol. It’s best avoided on health grounds. Avoid beer. Who needs to cart around a beer gut? Very unhealthy! Very unsightly! Who want to be a fat martial artist? I don’t think so!
6. If you’re bored or unhappy – address that with problem solving or counseling. Don’t try to eat your way out of stress or unhappiness. It never, ever works!
7. Treat yourself once in a while. Once a week is fine. Don't be puritanical or a fanatic about eating perfectly. Don’t “pig out” on your day off – but do enjoy your food. Eat quality, not quantity.
8. Get into, and stay in, great shape. The better shape you're in the less will power it will take to control your urge to sugar load or eat boredom/stress/unhappiness Your fit body will naturally want to reject junk food, fats and sugars. Also, the better shape you're in the more junk you can get away with eating (now and then). Although it’ll be unlikely you’ll want to eat foods that aren’t good for you.
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Practising the ancient martial art of Tai Chi is so beneficial to elderly people’s health that it should be “the preferred mode of training”, according to scientists.
Of all the exercises, I should say that T'ai Chi is the best. It can ward off disease, banish worry and tension, bring improved physical health and prolong life. It is a good hobby for your whole life, the older you are, the better. It is suitable for everyone - the weak, the sick, the aged, children, the disabled and blind. It is also an economical exercise. As long as one has three square feet of space, one can take a trip to paradise and stay there to enjoy life for thirty minutes without spending a single cent. ~T.T. Liang (Liang Tung-Tsai, 1900-2002), T'ai Chi Ch'uan for Health and Self-Defense