Well, I don’t know about that, but he does apparently endorse the practice. Here is the quote introducing the World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day site where there is an extensive reference list of the health benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. It’s a surprisingly long list. Check it out!
Tai chi is often described as “meditation
in motion,” but it might well be called
“medication in motion.” There is growing
evidence that this mind-body practice … has
value in treating or preventing many health problems.
– Harvard Medical Health Publication, 05/09
Timmothy Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Work Week, was interviewed in one of the fitness magazines last year. He talked about getting the greatest possible benefit from the least amount of time in doing whatever you do.
Tai chi is an example of getting a huge number of benefits for every minute spent doing the practice. Nothing else even comes close. Nothing. Here (Dr. Oz) the connection is to the health-giving benefits of the chemicals released while practicing Tai chi.
Unfortunately, few will take the time to find a good Tai chi teacher, learn a traditional long Form, and then practice it long enough to even begin to experience what Tai chi offers. What’s most unfortunate about that is the fact that once you put out that initial effort of whatever length of time, energy and money – most can learn a Form in 6-8 months, but I have taught people the entire Form in 3 – your daily practice needs only take 15-20 minutes. By that I mean that’s how long it takes to do the Form. Many people do it twice a day. Some take the time to teach themselves the mirror-image Form so they actually have two. Done one after the other you have 30-40 minutes of the best exercise on the planet.
We will be in Legion Park doing our right-handed long round Form this year for World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day. That’s 10 AM April 28th. The public is welcome to join us to watch or participate. Rehearsals are Saturdays and Sundays at 8 AM between now and then. You are welcome to come by and learn a little about Tai chi.