Tai Chi May Improve Your Overall Health

 

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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  5. jenie=) says:

    i honestly would wanna try this just as much as i want to try yoga. what’s their difference by the way?

    I wish you can come visit my health site too. maybe we can link?

    I am a dietitian and at one time became a cardiac dietitian in a tertiary hospital in the country, the reason i got interested also in your site.

    please see my HEALTHINFO@EarthyMe

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  7. Barry Danser says:

    Great post Tai Chi has improved my way of life I love it so much that I started teaching my family friend and neighbors
    Regards
    Barrry
    http://www.wakeupandbreathe.com

  8. Adrienne says:

    Hello. Great job. I did not expect this on a Wednesday. This is a great story. Thanks!

  9. heartstrong says:

    YOGA is from India…TAI CHI is from China

    YOGA ROUTINES involve moving through various positions/postures down on the floor, sitting, and standing. Your arms are frequently used to support your body, which builds strength but can be stressful on the wrists and shoulders. Modifications can be made to reduce stress on the joints. Proper instruction is very important to prevent injury.

    TAI CHI ROUTINES involve moving through positions/postures while standing and taking steps. Your legs are used to support your body as you move your arms slowly through the air, which builds strength in the legs, torso, and arms. Stress on the knee joint is common if proper alignment is not maintained. Proper instruction is very important.

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