Tai Chi promotes good health and overall wellness.adventurer
Every day, we read and hear about the benefits of regular exercise, but we don’t know if it’s “people over 50”, people with joint or other chronic pain problems, or health and social issues. There are often no reasonable guidelines for those who cannot walk a certain distance because of cause. There are many approaches to healthy physical activity.
how about martial arts? Actually it is! It’s not the martial arts that Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Michelle Yeoh kick and jump in movies, but there are martial arts that anyone can do to improve their overall health and well-being.
Tai Chi is a martial art that focuses on slow, gentle, rhythmic and meditative movements. This movement is designed to promote well-being and inner peace. Connect body and mind through ‘meditation in motion’.
The term “Tai Chi” has been translated from Chinese in various ways, including “inner martial arts” and “ultimate ultimate fist”.
Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that dates back to 500 BC. Tai Chi is a series of slow, meditative body movements originally devised as a self-defense technique.
Movement uses internal energy and such subtle movements. A Tai Chi master may be able to subdue an attacker in such a way that a bystander cannot see how it is done.
Tai Chi has evolved into an exercise primarily used for inner relaxation and stress reduction. It is a non-competitive, self-paced regimen of stretching and gentle physical exercise. It involves a series of postures and movements that flow into one another without stopping. The body is in constant motion. There are many different styles and variations of movement, all of which require focus on the movement itself, thus reducing stress in the outside world.
Tai Chi is derived from Qigong, an ancient Chinese discipline that is part of traditional Chinese medicine that integrates the mind, breath, and movement. This integration and purpose can create a natural balance of energies and inner calmness.
Anyone can practice Tai Chi. Age, weight, chronic illness or disability are no barriers to practice as the emphasis is on technique and rhythm rather than brute force. It’s gentle on your joints because it’s less impactful. No special equipment is required, it can be done to music or in silence, and can be done indoors or outdoors, alone or in groups.
Tai Chi has been practiced for centuries, but only recently has there been formal research into its health benefits. Reduced stress is the most obvious benefit, and this may extend well beyond the duration of exercise. Increases. These may help prevent falls and relieve chronic pain.
Tai Chi may reduce anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, and improve sleep quality. It improves cardiovascular health, especially in older people who are less physically active.
Sustained Tai Chi practice often increases overall awareness of your surroundings and improves your sense of well-being. Scientific research into the health benefits of Tai Chi is ongoing. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCIH) has funded numerous studies examining tai chi as an immune system booster and its role in improving high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and osteoarthritis.
The British Medical Journal published a study showing that Tai Chi is more beneficial than aerobic exercise for fibromyalgia symptoms (March 2018). It has also been studied to improve the quality of life of HIV-infected people by increasing T cell numbers and reducing stress (Applied Nursing Research March 2006).
Learning the Tai Chi technique is neither time consuming nor taxing. Home videos, books, and classes are available to introduce you to different movements. A live instructor can best demonstrate correct posture and movement, and how to coordinate your breathing. Tai Chi instructors can teach balance and injury prevention techniques.
The greatest benefits come from regular exercise. We’ve all seen videos of some elderly Chinese practicing tai chi with their neighbors before starting work.Most people do this every day. Consult your doctor if you have chronic joint problems, heart disease, or osteoporosis. These conditions should not prevent a person from engaging in Tai Chi practice, but initial caution may be advised.
Tai Chi is for those who want to try this soft exercise for health and stress relief.
Mia Smitt is a longtime nurse practitioner. She writes a regular column for her local media in Tucson.