Things you need to know about Tai Chi

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Things you need to know about Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese form of martial arts which is basically meant for self-defence. Over the years, traditional Tai Chi has been evolved into an elegant form of physical exercise. However, it is helpful in reducing stress and it aids other health conditions as well. Usually, it is a non-competitive and self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.

Performed in a slow and focused manner, this exercise is accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture during this exercise flows into the next without a pause, thus ensuring that your body is moving constantly. Often referred as a meditation in motion, it also promotes serenity through gentle and flowing movements. 

Here are some health benefits of Tai Chi:

Balance:
Basically, Tai Chi is a game of balancing, its movements are steady and slow which shifts from one side to the other coordinating with upper body movements. Theses movements help the core to regain balance and reduces the risk of falling in elderly.

Strength and Endurance:
Researchers said that individuals who practice Tai Chi at least three times a week had higher strength and performance level than those who don’t.

Flexibility:
The range of movements in Tai Chi is also helpful in improving one’s flexibility as well.

Posture:
If you practice Tai Chi constantly, you can maintain a good posture.

Chronic Illness prevention:
If you are suffering from chronic illnesses like heart disease, blood pressure, arthritis, digestive disorders and depression, go practice Tai Chi, you will definitely feel better.

Improves coordination:
As there some slow rhythmic movements involved in Tai Chi, it also helps with hand and eye coordination as well as upper and lower body coordination.

Regulates the respiratory system:
Tai Chi capable of treating respiratory alignments such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema as it consists of deep breathing.

Aerobic Capacity:
According to researchers, Tai Chi is a form of aerobic

Stress:
If there is stress in your life, you should definitely try Tai Chi. The mellow rhythmic movements and breathing can help you forget the stress. The coordination of breathing with the hand-eye movement promotes calmness.

Tai chi is safe to do for people of all ages. It brings low impacts on the body and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, for which adults who normally don’t exercise can also practice this. Similarly, another advantage of Tai Chi which appeals many people is its low expense. You don’t have to buy any special equipment to practice this. We can perform Tai Chi indoors as well.

Pregnant women and people who suffer from diseases like joint problems, back pain, fractures, severe osteoporosis or a hernia should consult their doctors before trying Tai Chi. Probably, the doctor would ask them to take some modifications or to avoid the exercise completely.

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