Tai Chi - Benefits to the Body

19 Feb

Tai chi is a popular form of exercise in many places and not just in China where it originated. It comes from an ancient martial art form but is now used mostly for exercise and fitness rather than for self-defense. What makes it so popular is that it is a gentle form of exercise and it does not cause pressure or impact to the joints like lots of other exercise forms do. Should you try it?

You should if you would like to learn a form of exercise that is gentle to the body but also beneficial to the mind. It has been shown to induce a meditation quality to those who practice it and it can even help alleviate symptoms of depression.

If this sounds good to you, you probably also want to know what good this form of working out can do for your body. There are plenty of physical benefits to be had by doing this gentle type of workout.

Build muscle strength without impacting the joints or muscles too much. It is easier to do than weight lifting or using dumbbells on a routine basis. Your muscles will get stronger and more flexible but you will not impact them too much as you might with other types of workouts.

Even though you only use your arms and legs to do the movements, the movements are what help strengthen your upper body. It can also build up your core and strengthen your back. In doing this it helps to keep pain at a minimum in general. 

Do tai chi regularly and you will notice that your body becomes more flexible.  Your newfound muscles will make you stronger, but the tai chi will also improve your upper and lower body’s flexibility. This will also keep you from succumbing to uncomfortable day-to-day pains. Many people do this workout to fend off arthritis pain.

Another benefit your body will get from tai chi is balance. This is great for balancing everything inside your body including your inner ear receptors. As you age, you can be susceptible to falls. 

With a good tai chi practice, this will be less likely as your body, inside and out, will better be able to maintain its position.  You can even become less fearful of falling which is good for preventing falls as it is. Even if you do fall, knowing tai chi helps you get up from one faster.

Another benefit is that each tai chi session works like an aerobics workout. Your heart rate will go up but not as much as in an actual cardio workout. This makes it perfect for anyone who needs to exercise but has to be careful of certain conditions.

There are many benefits your body will get from tai chi. It is great for people of all ages, young and old. It also stimulates relaxation and relief from depression and anxiety. Talk to your doctor to see if it is time to try this age-old martial art for your own health.

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