The Health Benefits of Tai Chi
Chi is an ancient Chinese system of slowly flowing movements and shifts of
balance that strengthens the legs while conditioning the tendons and ligaments
of the ankles, knees, and hips, increasing their range of motion and making them
more resilient, less prone to injury. The continuous flowing movements of Tai
Chi are based on the principle that running water never stagnates. The
gentle movements relax your muscles and joints while strengthening your body.
Through movement and meditation, Tai Chi brings you health of body and peace of
mind. Tai chi is a form of exercise that can improve muscular strength,
flexibility, and aerobic fitness, as well as having additional health benefits.
Their benefits are well proven and are there for all to enjoy. Making an effort
to practise regularly will enable you to enter the door to the many joys of what
these arts have to offer. Tai chi is extremely effective in improving balance
and posture, and mind-body health. More benefits are listed below:
Tai Chi... reduces some stress hormones- Tai Chi uses calming,
structured movements to counteract the stress of living in today’s fast
society. An over-stressed mind makes errors and interferes with the healthy
functioning of the body. Your mind and body will begin to rest thoroughly in
the tranquil state that comes with Tai Chi practice.
Improves balance - thereby reducing the risk of falling (the
leading cause of death by injury in older folks). According to The Mayo
Health Letter (February, 1998) - "In recent years, a gentle form of ancient
Chinese martial arts, called tai chi, has gained attention as a method for
improving balance... reduced their risk (of falling) by about 40%." Tai chi
movements emphasise the importance of weight transference, which is an
essential component of good balance. Having good balance is important for
falls prevention. A daily dose of Tai Chi might help you to inject some
balance into other parts of your world, whether in work or at home, that
need some balance.
Increase oxygen levels and ease breathing difficulties- Most
people think that aerobic exercise is necessary to strengthen the heart and
the lungs. While aerobic exercise does accomplish this, so does Tai Chi.
Slow, deep, regular breathing and energy movement combine to work oxygen
deeper into the tissues than regular exercise.
The deep breathing induces bodily and mental calm as the nerves
of the Central Nervous System are soothed. Shallow rapid breathing can lead
to tension and sometimes feelings of violent anger. The blood is circulated
without stress on the heart: Concerning the circulation of blood, the object
of Tai Chi is not to make the heart pump more strongly, but to increase the
elasticity of the vascular system so the heart doesn't need to pump as
strongly, which provides it with more rest.
Tai Chi is a physical exercise that focuses the mind, while
conditioning the body. Practicing twenty minutes a day
dissipates stress and reduces stress-related debilities,
increases stamina, and strengthens the body and will.
say it provides resistance to disease, provides energy and enhances
the function of internal organs by strengthening the immune system.
The lymph fluids are moved primarily by tiny muscular contractions. The
relatively fine muscular contractions improved by Tai Chi move lymph
efficiently through the entire system and release the T4 white blood cells
that help mop up invading pathogens. These actions, as well as the overall
increase in energy that Tai Chi brings, strengthen the body's immune
Adds flexibility to the joints- Tai Chi works with the synovial
fluid by compressing and expanding it, preventing and reversing all sorts of
joint problems. Synovial fluid is found in the joints. It lubricates the
joints, allowing joint flexibility, and when functioning normally helps
prevent arthritis and rheumatism.
The muscle tissue gains elasticity: Tai Chi also causes muscle
tissue to elongate. With the stretches of Tai Chi the muscles eventually
attain a state akin to that of a springy rubber band. This springiness is
Tan Xing, it keeps you young.
Tai Chi loosens the muscles and builds power: Tai Chi works with
the muscles quite differently than typical exercises do. Tai Chi and other
internal exercises build effortless power and looseness; the goal is a
feeling of relaxed power. Relaxed power comes when the muscles just loosen
up and allow the energy to flow through.
Leads to improved posture and relief of back pain - Tai
chi emphasis's correct posture, which has benefits for falls prevention, as
well as decreased pain and stiffness of joints and muscles. The initial
posture of Tai Chi helps re-educate people about their natural alignments;
the ones they had as a child.
Regular practicing of Tai chi brings about heightened general
awareness-Tai chi also enhances clarity of the mind and improves mood,
which also has positive benefits for your body (eg, a negative mood and pain
have been shown to be related).
Tai Chi is beneficial for all especially, women suffering from heart conditions,
blood pressure problems or arthritis stand more to gain. Stiffness and pain from
arthritis can contribute to poor balance. Regular tai chi practice can
significantly increase flexibility, balance and coordination, especially
among the elderly. This is particularly good news for older people or for those
with osteoporosis who may suffer serious injuries from a fall.