Tai Chi Health Benefits
Tai Chi has many distinct advantages over other types of exercise. The biggest shortcoming of most systems of physical fitness is that they service only part of the body. They concentrate on certain muscles or muscle groups, while neglecting others. Tai Chi is considered a full body exercise.
Another advantage is its gentleness. High impact exercises can produce health benefits over the sort-term, but the long-term implications of such exercise may be damage to the joints and internal organs.
Studies have shown that practicing Tai Chi:Improves flexibility, stamina and strength
Lowers blood pressure
Gently tones muscles without strain
Enhances digestion, elimination of wastes and circulation of blood
Massages the internal organs and improves their functionality
Enhances balance and body awareness – can significantly reduce falls
When the movements are performed quickly or in a lower stance they can have the same beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system as jogging or high-impact aerobics, but without the stress or strain
Tai Chi has been used successfully to ease symptoms in people with arthritis, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia and other long-term health problems. The forms can be modified to be done seated in a chair if needed. Tai Chi can and should be adapted to the strengths and needs of each individual player.