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The Benefits Of Tai Chi

The Benefits Of Tai Chi

  • Improved lower and upper-body strength. Practiced regularly, it’s comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.
  • Boosts flexibility and strength of upper and lower-body.
  • Improved balance and, according to some studies, reduced risk of falling by training proprioception (the ability to sense the position of one's body in space), muscle strength and flexibility.
  • Improved aerobic conditioning for movements with appropriate speed and size.

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Getting Started With Tai Chi
  • Find a tai chi branch that matches your needs. 
  • Check with your doctor before starting if you have a physical limitations or take medications that affect your balance.
  • Watch and take a class
  • If you'd rather learn at home, you can get tai chi books or videos.
  • Talk to the instructor. Experienced teachers who accommodate individual peculiarities are ideal.
  • Dress comfortably with nonrestrictive loose-fitting clothes.
  • You can practice barefoot or in lightweight and flexible shoes.
  • Most tai chi programs last at least 12 weeks, with instruction once or twice a week and practice at home. By then, you should know if you enjoy tai chi.

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Tai Chi

Is a mind-body practice that involves a series of slow, flowing exercises that combine movement, meditation, and rhythmic breathing. Initially developed as a martial art, it's now commonly practiced as a form of "moving meditation."

Many practitioners of tai chi use this technique to enhance physical and mental health, as well as to improve posture, balance, flexibility, and strength. In addition, tai chi is said to boost mood, alleviate pain, strengthen the immune system, and improve heart health.

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There are different styles of tai chi, each has a unique set of methods and principles, lineage, and date of origin. Some of these forms of tai chi lean towards health, while others stress competition or self-defense.

  • Chen-style, which started between 1580 and 1660
  • Yang-style, which started between 1799 and 1872
  • Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style, which started between 1812 and 1880
  • Wu-style, which started between 1870 and 1942
  • Sun-style, which started between 1861 and 1932

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10 Benefits Of Tai Chi According To Research
  1. Reduces mortality for those who self-reported engaging in the practice 5-6 hours per week.
  2. Improves muscle strength, balance and flexibility. Evidence is inconclusive, but it links regular tai chi practice to physiological and psychosocial benefits.
  3. Boosts cognitive and memory functions in older adults, especially verbal working memory.
  4. Reduces chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) symptoms by boosting endurance and peak exercise capacity.
  5. Betters night-time sleep quality in adults with cognitive impairment. 
  6. Reduces symptoms of fibromyalgia to a similar or greater degree than aerobic exercise. 
  7. Improves respiratory function and heart efficiency.
  8. Reduces risk of falls among older adults.
  9. Reduces prenatal anxiety, depression and sleep disturbance.
  10. Reduces chronic nonspecific neck pain.

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