**Yoga, Tai Chi Or Both?**

United States
March 2, 2013 5:38pm CST
Ok, I've wanted to lose just a little weight that I gained from quitting smoking almost a year ago. I also would like to strengthen up because I really don't exercise at all and I'm 65 right now so something needs to be done, lol! I'd like to be in better shape at least by summer. I do watch what I eat so that will help with all this. I'm thinking about doing either Yoga or Tai Chi or even both. I was wondering if any of you do these exercises and what you think of them? I was also wondering if you incorporate any hand weights while you're doing this? That is my plan so I'd like to hear from you if you do this, or what you think about it. I would like to become more flexible and get these old muscles working again and firm up whatever I can firm up, haha. I do have some back, hip and neck problems, but I'll be very careful while I'm attempting any of these. Do you use this for weight loss or just to stay in shape? I've never done either so I'm curious on what you guys do and how much you like it or don't like it. Thanks for any suggestions ....I'm really a bit confused and don't want to waste my money getting some books that will be tossed aside.
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13 responses
@Mavic123456 (7931)
• Thailand
3 Mar 13
At your age, I think you need to start with Tai Chi.. slow movement but graceful. Yoga you might have a hard time with the flexibility... but after a few weeks in Tai Chi you can take yoga... Yoga is a very refreshing and relaxing exercise. I like it. Note: both exercises will not give you glory in terms of cutting down fats and weigh lost. Both will you relaxation though. Mavic123456
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• United States
3 Mar 13
I'm concerned the Yoga will be too boring for me...I don't know. At least the Tai Chi is constant movement which I like better. I'm concerned about hearing that I won't lose weight though, which was part of my goal. I don't have much to lose, just about 10 pounds so I wanted to lose and tone up but I guess I'm out of luck with that part of it. Mavic, what's this?? Mavic123456
• Thailand
3 Mar 13
hhahaha I am reminding myself because I have been telling you things that I don't do nowadays. Yoga is not boring though I assure you not. specially if you will be able to appreciate the grace and fluidity of the steps.. fantastic. I am not a yogi.. I look awkward doing yoga but I like it.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that's YOU reminding yourself! I'm reading that going WHAT????!! I need more coffee... So Yoga is not boring? I thought Yoga was just sitting on the floor doing some exercises. Are you saying you're up and moving with it? There was one Yoga book I thought sounded interesting which included using hand weights which I liked. I thought that might help firm me up a bit quicker plus help my bones out a little for strengthening. What do you think? Oh, hahahahaha, I can WELL imagine what I'm going to look like doing either of these!! I hope no one can see me.
@deazil (4556)
• United States
3 Mar 13
Hi Kash! I use Yoga, but mostly for relaxation rather than exercise. A lot of it is about breathing. I use it to control blood pressure as well. I don't have high blood pressure but by breathing a certain way I can get it from 120/60 to 98/40. There are a lot of different ways to breathe and they're very helpful in different exercises. Of course, it's always good to keep breathing. I don't know much about Tai Chi but I think that would be good for you. I've seen people doing the exercises and it looks nice and easy but at the same time can tone your muscles (I'm assuming). Yoga does have modified positions/exercises for individuals with problems such as yours - back, hip & neck. Here's a site for beginners. It explains about Yoga and the different aspects of it. There are several different types of Yoga to be considered. http://yogaforbeginners.com Doing a little of both sounds good. They're both healthy for your body and mind. Hope this helps a little. Good luck!
2 people like this
• United States
3 Mar 13
I'm really looking for something to help me strengthen my muscles and tone up. I thought this would work but I guess you can't really lose weight with it from what I'm hearing. I'm going to get some books that show the moves I think. I'll try it that way.
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@deazil (4556)
• United States
3 Mar 13
Yeah, Yoga is a lot of mind/body control stuff. But the breathing techniques are very interesting to me. I never knew there were so many different ways to breathe. I always thought there was only one - in and out. Books are a good idea. I have one book on Yoga that has a big section on breathing. That's mostly what I'm interested in. A natural way to relax.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
I have a few books I'm watching on Ebay...it's just a matter of deciding which one I want, lol! One of the books is Tai Chi for Beginners by David Carradine. Do you remember him in the Kung Fu series? I used to watch that all the time and loved it years ago. Then there is one on Yoga if you're over 40..well, I'm wayyyyy over that, haha. Decisions, decisions...
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@lampar (7597)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I will go for Tai Chi, it is a great exercise suitable for everyone especially the elderly. It will not put too much strain on your aging body and is normally done in slow motion with low intensity.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
I'm just kind of afraid it will be too boring for me and now I'm confused more. I wanted to lose some weight too, not a whole lot, just a little, but I keep hearing I won't lose any weight with either of these choices. Maybe I'll look for something that is low-impact but more moving....I dunno.
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@Hatley (162120)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Mar 13
he he this is a good exercise though most do not think of it. if you have a stairs in your home go back and forth up and down as that really is a fat burning cardio exercise and one a lot of people can do all the time. Also if you have friends in apartments which have stairs do use them and maybe get yo ur friends to join you. k a fat burning exercise
• United States
4 Mar 13
My apartment is full of guys...I'm the only woman here and I don't think they'd want to join me. I get enough exercise coming up and down those stairs carrying 50 pounds of groceries up and down.
@jillhill (37354)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I am right behind you in age.....and I had some problems with my hip. When I went to the doctor they gave me exercises and they really help. You might want to ask next time you go see your doctor....they give you the right kind of exercises to do at our age.....The one they gave me I do everyday is for my hip...and it has stopped hurting since I started doing the exercise.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
Seems like just about everyone is behind me in age lately. I like your idea and I might just do that. I'll see my doc in May but I can contact her through email if I want. My hip was injured a couple of years ago along with the flexor muscles down my leg to the knee. Till this day I do not know what I did. They kept asking me if I fell and I didn't. I was laid up for over a month..couldn't walk or stand for more than a few seconds..it was awful. I'm thankful it went away eventually. I know for sure I need to stretch because I keep hurting my lower back all the time from NOT stretching. Geesh, I hate getting older so I'm on a mission right now. (yeh, like I'm going to be 20 again..sure).
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
3 Mar 13
Same here...funny how young you stay on the inside...if the bod would just cooperate! LOL
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• United States
4 Mar 13
You know Jill I think that all the time...then I look in the mirror and reality sets in. Shocker!
• United States
3 Mar 13
I do rockin body and last night I bought 5 pound weights. I can't see how anyone could lose weight doing yoga. when I did it i did not work out enough to lose any kind of weight. that is why I choice cardio workouts.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
That's what I was concerned about..will I lose weight or not. I can't do the cardio but I can do some low impact exercises..that's why I thought about Yoga or Tai Chi. I just need to lose about 10 pounds so I thought this would help me tone up and lose weight.
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@Hatley (162120)
• Garden Grove, California
3 Mar 13
hi kashmeres my cat lifting weights builds more muscle and more muscle raises ones metabolism so it does help lose weight. wish I could lift my left arm enough to do them now. There are some good weight lifting exercises on the net for free too and I did use them after I had the joint replacement b ut sadly I have not got back much in lifting my left arm..
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• United States
4 Mar 13
Hi Hatley...yes, I know lifting weights helps to build muscles. That's why I was thinking of doing the Yoga with some hand weights. The Tai Chi is not good for weights. I just bought some books so I hope they help.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
3 Mar 13
I am glad you think about this. Increasingly we have come to realize that physical activity and healthy eating will make a difference whether or not we spend our last years in life as a sick person or with vitality that will let us enjoy whatever time we have left. I am much older than you and had to start to think about these things after I was diagnosed with a serious health condition in 2008. Since then I have done Tai Chi once a week. It helps with balance and keeps your joints nimble. I also do weight twice a week. I don't want to be a body builder but I would like to keep the muscles that I have. I have been frightened into doing this by seeing older people in my building waste away over the last ten years. People who are not physically active. Yoga is very good also but it is not to my liking. You should try it and see if you like it. I also partake in Line Dancing at a Senior's Centre once a month. It is great fun. We also do Move to Music once a week which is more gentle than line dancing and puts you in a good mood for the rest of the day providing the instructor is good. When I feel really energetic I also go to a dance studio once a week to take Zumba Gold.They sell ten tickets at a time and you can go whenever there is a class. This Studio has a Senior's discount of half price. On a Wednesday morning the class is really small and I get individual attention. However, this is very vigorous excercise. So, I can honestly tell you I feel better than I did ten years ago despite my medical condition. I would also like to say to you that before you waste any money on books, go to the library and look up the subjects that interst you. The books have pictures and you can decide if you would like those perticular excercises. In order to stay focused it is best to do most of those activities in a group environment. Check out programss in Senior Centres, City Recreation programs if there are any and if there are sudios ask if they have a free trial lesson. I did try out pilates, yoga and nia dancing as well as the stuff that I am doing now and I decided on what I liked best. Get moving to good health and long life! Oh, about weights (hand weights or machines) I did take one lesson from an instructor because it is important to do it right.
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• United States
4 Mar 13
Hi there Lindalinda.. Right now I'm fairly healthy and I'd like to keep it that way. That's why I decided to start doing something. I can't really go to a senior center as I don't have a car and there's also no one to go with. I just want to do something in the house as I'm bored out of my mind. I don't like sitting on the computer all day. I just bought some books on Ebay so we'll see what happens. They weren't expensive and if I don't like them, I'll just re-sell them back. I bought Tai Chi for beginners by David Carradine...Strength Training...and Gentle Yoga. The last two are for people basically who are older so I think I'll like them. You really do keep active...good for you, with all those different dances. It's so nice to hear that you feel better than you did ten years ago. That's so wonderful and congratulations on that! The weights will just be hand weights, no machines. The Strength Training book is for that and I'm sure I'll like it. Thanks for all the information...you keep up the good work!
@AmbiePam (46400)
• United States
3 Mar 13
I have a DVD of AM and PM Beginner's Yoga. I do it primarily because of the firbomyalgia and it strengthens my core, plus makes me less stiff when I do it. I used to do it all the time. I have become lazy in getting it done, but it did help. The morning part of the video helps get you ready for the day, and the PM at night helps you wind down. I think it helps get me in the kind of shape where I'm more likely to lose weight. And I didn't want to start out with something really difficult. I think the name of the DVD I have is Rodney Yee's Beginner AM and PM Yoga.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
I don't have a DVD player at present or a good computer to see all these exercises...need to get a life already, lol! I can only purchase some books and go from there. The only problem I'm hearing is that I won't lose weight doing either of these and that disappoints me. I only wanted to lose a little weight and tone up without my blood pressure going sky high. I'm all confused on what to do now but thanks for your info. I hope I get a DVD soon as I sure do miss watching movies too!
@mammots (3289)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
hi... to be honest i just discovered tai chi and its many benefits through the you tube. its good for balance, arthritis, relaxation etc. its done in very slow movements and without any pressure to perform the steps in perfection. there is even tai chi for those who are confined to wheel chairs or for those who have difficulty standing up for a long time. 'm still trying to learn "the walk" and in the process 'm learning why its good for achieving balance.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
Yes, Tai Chi is more flowing than Yoga, so I think I would probably like that a little better. Problem is, I wanted to lose a little weight but I guess neither of these will do that for me. What is "the walk?" that you're talking about?
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@mariaperalta (19096)
• Mexico
3 Mar 13
I like yoga alot, i used to take classes in las vegas in the usa. I miss it. i just dont have time here in Mexico. They do have classes in the big city, wish I could join.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
I never tried Yoga so I don't know if I'll like it or not. It might be too boring for me, lol! I just don't know what to do and now I'm more confused. I want to tone up and lose weight but I guess either one won't help me lose weight..grr.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
oops, meant to say neither one.
• Mexico
3 Mar 13
its good and fun, really makes the body feel good. Give it a try. :)
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• Canada
8 Mar 13
First off congratulations on quitting smoking! I'm so jealous right now as I have quit, gone back, quit, gone back, quit, and gone back for years now! My advice would be to research as much as possible, try and find some sites that either have pics or tell you how to do the exercises, pick your favorites, either print or write them out, and then make a routine for yourself! Best of all, your not out ANY money at all!
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• Canada
9 Mar 13
That's great that you got some books that are in your comfort level. Sounds like you have a good plan for yourself! Best of luck to you my friend! I definitely think it will help you sleep better!!
@roshigo58 (4871)
• Pune, India
7 Mar 13
Hi, For losing weight Yoga is the best remedy. by doing Yoga we get full body exercise. Walking is also a good exercise for losing weight. Balanced diet is also necessary. Avoid eating fast food, oily food items, taking soft drinks. Avoid sleeping immediately after meals or exercise.
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• United States
7 Mar 13
That's not quite what I've been reading. There are too many websites saying that the Tai Chi will help you lose weight much better than Yoga. You also get full body exercise with Tai Chi. I haven't had any fast food since last summer, and have very small amounts of soda, if any. Oily foods only once in a while. I know all these things but thanks for your information. I did buy a few books so we'll see what happens in the near future.
@cobalt20 (1321)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
I prefer Taichi because it is one of the slow exercise. It has 24 movements or forms in Taichi. You can breathe with the use of your nose. Inhale and exhale. You can do a smooth music while doing Taichi. Taichi can make you relax your mind and body.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
It sounds like I'm going to go with the Tai Chi. I keep thinking I might get really bored with Yoga, but at least Tai Chi I'll be moving more. I'm interested in toning up and losing weight a little, but I guess neither of these exercises will help me lose any weight.
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@airkulet (2705)
• Philippines
3 Mar 13
I'm not familiar with Tai chi but I think Yoga is fine with you, I want to suggest running but I think brisk-walking suits your age than running. It's my dream also to join the session of yoga and I only do it with my self from videos in Youtube and don't know if I did the right position or not.
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• United States
3 Mar 13
Running is out of the question and so is brisk-walking. I can walk ok, but not fast like I used to. Some of the moves in Yoga I won't be able to do either so I'm a bit confused. I guess I'll just have to try it out and see for myself.
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