Tai Chi Benefits

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What are the benefits of Tai Chi? In China, it is widely known that the practice of Tai Chi can delay aging and improve one’s quality of life. One only has to check out a group of silver-haired but flexible Chinese geriatrics performing Tai Chi at their local parks and recreation centers to agree with this claim. Tai Chi is an effective way of improving one’s overall health through increase flexibility, stronger muscles and tendons, and firmer core. Combined with modern medical care, it is useful in the treatment of physical ailments including, but not limited to, cardiovascular diseases, digestive disorders, and even skin problems. The practice of Tai Chi, being meditative in its execution, also helps alleviate mental and psychological…show more content…
Without a doubt, the breathing, soft movements, and mental concentration required to practice Tai Chi are antidotes to today’s stressful and hectic lifestyle. Breathing exercise with body movement and eye-hand coordination promote calmness and inner peace. B. Increased aerobic capacity The cruel reality of ageing is that people’s aerobic capacity lowers over time. However, studies show that with regular training, aerobic conditioning can improve. In one study, researchers looked at the effects of Tai Chi on aerobic capacity in adults, the average age of the subjects was 55 years. They found out that individuals who practiced Tai Chi for one year had higher aerobic capacity than sedentary individuals around the same age. C. Increased energy and stamina In one study, adults in their 60s and 70s were put through a Tai Chi program, three times a week for 12 weeks. After just six weeks of training, they were given a battery of physical fitness tests. Overall, the researchers observed that there was significant improvements, after only six weeks. Participants showed further improvements in balance, muscular strength, endurance and stamina, and flexibility measures after 12…show more content…
Increased muscle strength and definition Fibromyalgia (FM) is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders and is associated with high levels of impaired health and painful symptoms that frequently flair up without relief. The cause of FM is unknown, and there is no known cure. In a study of 39 subjects with FM who practiced tai chi twice weekly for six weeks (one-hour classes), it was found that FM symptoms and health-related quality of life improved after the study. This could be good news for many other individuals who suffer from this disorder. One study took adults in their 60s and 70s who practiced tai chi three times a week for 12 weeks (60-minute classes). These adults were given a battery of physical-fitness tests to measure balance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility before and after the 12 weeks. After just six weeks, statistically significant improvements were observed in balance, muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility measures. Improvements in each of these areas increased further after 12 weeks. The authors of the study concluded that tai chi is a potent intervention that improved balance, upper- and lower-body muscular strength and endurance, and upper- and lower-body flexibility in older

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