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Tai Chi Benefits: Stress Reduction, Weight Loss, for Older Adults

Benefits Of Tai Chi

  1. It may help with reducing stress, though most evidence is anecdotal. 
  2. Improves mood if you are depressed or anxious. 
  3. Better sleep as it may leads to a more restful sleep.
  4. Promotes weight loss.
  5. Improves cognition in older adults with cognitive impairment. More specifically, it improves memory and executive functioning skills.
  6. Reduces risk of falling in older adults by improving balance and motor function save and reducing fear of falling.
  7. Improves fibromyalgia symptoms.
  8. Improves COPD symptoms leading to improvements in ability to exercise and quality of life.
  9. Improves balance and strength in people with Parkinson’s.
  10. Safe for people with coronary heart disease.
  11. Reduces pain from arthritis and improves mobility.

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Tai Chi

Tai chi is a traditional Chinese form of exercise based in martial arts that involves slow movements and deep breaths. 

Tai chi brings many physical and emotional benefits like decreased anxiety and depression and improvements in cognition and chronic disease management.

Benefits Of Tai Chi

  1. It may help with reducing stress, though most evidence is anecdotal. 
  2. Improves mood if you are depressed or anxious. 
  3. Better sleep as it may leads to a more restful sleep.
  4. Promotes weight loss.
  5. Improves cognition in older adults with cognitive impairment. More specifically, it improves memory and executive functioning skills.
  6. Reduces risk of falling in older adults by improving balance and motor function save and reducing fear of falling.
  7. Improves fibromyalgia symptoms.
  8. Improves COPD symptoms leading to improvements in ability to exercise and quality of life.
  9. Improves balance and strength in people with Parkinson’s.
  10. Safe for people with coronary heart disease.
  11. Reduces pain from arthritis and improves mobility.

Tai Chi and safety

Tai chi is generally a safe exercise with few side effects but it’s good to talk to a doctor before starting. Beginners may experience some aches or pains after practicing tai chi.

More rigorous forms of tai chi and improper practices are associated with increased risk of injury to joints. Especially if you’re new to tai chi, consider attending a class or working with an instructor to reduce your risk of injury.

Choosing a Tai Chi Style

All styles of tai chi incorporate continuous movement from one pose to the next and can be modified to suit your goals and personal fitness level. The styles are:

  1. Yang: focuses on slow, graceful movements and relaxation. Good starting point for beginners.
  2. Wu: emphasizes micro-movements and practiced very slowly.
  3. Chen: uses slow and fast movements. Somewhat difficult for beginners.
  4. Sun: is similar to Chen style but involves less crouching, kicking, and punching, making it less physically demanding.
  5. Hao: focuses on accurate position and internal strength.

Tai Chi Differ and Yoga

Tai chi emphasizes fluid movement and has roots in Chinese culture. Yoga focuses on posing and originated in Northern India.

Both tai chi and yoga are forms of exercise that involve meditation and deep breathing, and both bring benefits, such as stress relief and mood and sleep improvements.

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Tai Chi Benefits
  • Fall reduction: tai chi helps to prevent trips and falls in the elderly. It also reduced the fear of falling among them and increased balance and posture.
  • Chronic pain: tai chi significantly impacts the chronic pain experienced with specific conditions, such as osteoarthritis of the knee and fibromyalgia. There is also evidence it decreases joint stiffness.
  • Chronic heart failure: tai chi was shown to improve maximum oxygen capacity in people who had heart attacks. And, although the evidence is inconclusive, tai chi seems to benefit areas of cardiovascular health, such as blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Mental health and cognitive function: There is strong evidence showing beneficial effects on cognitive function. And, although scientific evidence is inconclusive, tai chi is associated with mindfulness and psychological well-being.
Tai Chi

Is a martial art safe for most people of all ages, as it does not put much stress on the muscles and joints. It combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.

Research indicates that tai chi may improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility while reducing pain and the symptoms of anxiety and depression in some cases.

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Reducing Stress

Many styles of meditation can help reduce stress.

  • In an eight-week study, a meditation style called "mindfulness meditation" reduced the inflammation response caused by stres...
Controlling Anxiety

Less stress leads to less anxiety.

Regular meditation helps reduce anxiety and anxiety-related mental health issues like social anxiety, phobias and obsessive-compulsive behaviors.

Promoting Emotional Health

Some types of meditation can improve depression and help you maintain these benefits.

  • Two studies of mindfulness meditation found decreased depression in over 4,600 adults.
  • One study found that participants experienced a long-term decrease in depression.

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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 inconclusiv...