Want to feel better and healthier?
Consider tai chi (TIE-CHEE). Originally developed for self-defense, tai chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that’s now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
What is tai chi?
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced
as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series
of movements performed in a slow, focused
manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive,
self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching.
Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your
body is in constant motion.
Tai chi has many different styles. Each style may have its own subtle
emphasis on various tai chi principles and methods. There are also
variations within each style. Some may focus on health while
others focus on the martial arts aspect of tai chi.
Who can do tai chi
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is low impact, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise. 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.
Interested in checking out tai chi further?
Here are two videos for beginners. Enjoy!