I have had great success with yoga over the years, but tai chi comes heavily recommended by people whose opinions I respect. I took some classes in it and enjoyed them, but never felt as totally exercised as I did with yoga. Herewith a breakdown of this gentle martial art.
Tai chi is a non-competitive martial art known for its self-defense techniques and health benefits. As a form of exercise, it combines gentle physical exercise and stretching with mindfulness.
Research has produced mixed results but appears to show that tai chi can improve balance control, fitness, and flexibility, and might cut the risk of falls in older people.
Tai chi also appears to reduce pain and the symptoms of depression in some cases.
The martial art is an ancient Chinese tradition that has evolved over centuries. To its advocates, it has become a means of alleviating stress and anxiety, a form of “meditation in motion.” Its supporters claim that it promotes serenity and inner peace.
It is safe for people of all ages, as it does not put too much stress on the muscles and joints.
This article explores the documented evidence for the benefits of tai chi.
Various research suggests the benefits of tai chi might include improved balance, pain management, and cognitive function in people with and without chronic conditions.
Other possible benefits include improved sleep quality and an enhanced immune system. Continue reading