Tai Chi is a combination of both meditation and a series of slow and deliberate movements that was developed around 2000 years ago in China. You may have seen Tai Chi performed by older adults in your local park, on TV, or perhaps by someone who attends Tai Chi classes.
The benefits derived from Tai Chi have been well known and documented. It not only relieves stress, but enhances one’s balance and flexibility as well. In addition, the moves implemented in Tai Chi are one of the best exercise programs in alleviating health problems in older adults.
Do not let the slowness of the movements discourage you from trying Tai Chi. While you will find many older adults engaging in this beautiful and graceful exercise it is great for all ages. Considered to be low impact, there are no major strains put on the body or joints and is particularly effective for those who suffer from any form of arthritis or joint pain.
Recent studies have shown that Tai Chi, offers calm and balance, dissipates anxiety and depression, helps adults to sleep better. It aids in reducing bone loss in menopausal women, decreases blood pressure, helps in alleviating pain, and prepares one for tasks performed on a daily basis. Performing Tai Chi in the morning will get your joints awake and ready for the day while a few moves in the evening help to alleviate the stress of the day and calm you for sleep.
Considered to be a great form of exercise, Tai Chi requires no equipment, no time table, is very easy to do, has no side effects, and affords adults the opportunity to meet others who love the exercise as well. Once you learn Tai Chi and the proper way to move, there is virtually no chance of injury.
Whether you perform in your home by following Tai Chi exercises on DVDs, or you go to your local park and exercise Tai Chi there, once you begin this art form of exercise you will most likely continue for the rest of your life. Further, you will begin to develop your own moves and may likely advance to the newest form of exercise and meditation known as Qi Gong. Based on the same principle of slow movements, Qi Gong, while new to this country, has been around as long as Tai Chi and will most likely become as popular in the future.
Meditation has long been studied and affirmed to be one of the best forms of relaxation as well as a great stress reducer. Adding this with exercise and you have an unbeatable combination. More importantly, not only will you develop a new exercise routine, but you will begin to feel good about your health, and your overall well-being.
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