Have you ever tried Tai Chi? If not it may be worth looking into…
The picture above certainly makes Tai Chi look enticing and relaxing.
Tai Chi originated in China and is often referred to as “meditation in motion.” Tai Chi involves low-impact, slow motion mind-body exercises. Movements are never forced, usually circular, not stressful on joints making it a great exercise for anyone of any age.
A growing body of research is now demonstrating multiple health benefits when Tai Chi is added to more traditional medical treatments. Many of these studies were small but provide some interesting preliminary results.
Tai Chi has been suggested to:
- Decrease arthritis pain
- Improve quality of life and functional capacity in women with breast cancer or suffering side effects from breast cancer
- Lower blood pressure, improve triglyceride and cholesterol levels, improve exercise capacity (Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 9/2008)
- Improve walking distance and quality of life in heart failure patients
- Lower blood pressure (Preventive Cardiology 9/2008)
- Improve balance and gait in post stroke patients and people with Parkinson’s disease
- Improve sleep quality and duration (Sleep 7/2008)
- Lowers stress levels
You may also find tai chi appealing because it’s inexpensive, requires no special equipment and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
Although tai chi is generally safe, consider talking with your doctor before starting a new program.
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