6 Benefits of Tai Chi for Your Health

| 12/9/2015 10:24:00 AM

Tags: exercise, strength, fitness, Chelsea Clark, Washington,

Tai Chi Benefits for Your Health

My senior year of college, a friend and I signed up for a tai chi class offered on campus. We thought it would be an entertaining hour or two every week, and it gave us a few extra course credits. But a week or two in, I realized that the classes were actually something I really loved and valued as a part of my week. I looked forward to the few hours each week where I got to calm my mind and move my body at the same time.

If you’ve never tried tai chi before, I highly recommend it. Not only is it an enjoyable activity, but it is also a very healthy one; tai chi is proven to help numerous conditions and benefit your general health.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi is a branch of Chinese martial arts that consists of slow, flowing movements. When you practice tai chi, your whole body is involved; you are generally in a whole-body semi squat, doing continuous movements that flow from one position to the next. Along with this type of whole-body exercise, tai chi also involves concentrating on your breathing, focusing your mind, and relaxing.

There are many different styles of tai chi, each with different forms, routines, and approaches. These days, it is common to find tai chi classes that offer simplified forms that can be easily learned and modified for different skill and fitness levels.

Who Can Benefit from Tai Chi?

Tai chi is an excellent exercise for anyone. It is gentle and low-impact, but it also helps to improve strength, aerobic capacity, flexibility, and posture.[1] So if you are looking for ways to diversify your workout routine, tai chi is well worth your while.

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