Saturday, April 28, 2012

How Does Tai Chi Help You to Become Fit and Healthy?



Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art form that is practiced both for defense and health benefits. This art form is suited for persons who are physically very active as well as to those who are confined to their wheel hairs.

Before we proceed to the health benefits we will discuss the basic belief systems of Tai Chi. They believe that Qi is an energy force which flows through the body and Tai Chi encourages proper flow of this energy. The other belief system is that Yin and Yang are opposing elements thought to makeup the universe, and Tai Chi promotes its balance.

Now moving on to the health benefits Tai Chi increases muscle strength. It strengthens lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of back and abdomen. Tai Chi increases the flexibility, improves balance and increases aerobic fitness of the body.

Tai Chi is good for medical conditions such as arthritis because it reduces pain and improves mood and physical function. It is effective to maintain bone density in post menopausal woman. It improves the quality of life for persons affected with breast cancer or from the side effects of breast cancer treatment.

Tai Chi lowers blood pressure, reduces heart failure and hypertension. It increases balance, walking ability and overall well being for those affected with Parkinson’s disease. Tai Chi improves quality of sleep and increases standing balance in stroke patients.

Now if you want to learn Tai Chi visit your doctor ask for some medical advice and rush to your instructor to get your classes started. Just to give you some idea I have attached a video of Tai Chi kindly watch it to know what it is all about.

Take care,
Swarnam 

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