Highlight: “No pain, big gains”, says Harvard Heath about Tai chi, as it is relatively inexpensive and requires little external input.
There are many disciplines of martial arts and each of them has different training system. However, the common goal of practicing martial arts is to improve ones’ health. Nowadays, martial arts has become an
important practice in the fitness industry and it is practiced by more than 100 million people all over the world. Today, we are going to talk about the health benefits of one kind of Chinese martial art- Tai chi. Tai chi, as one of the most popular martial arts, has proved to be a very easy and effective way to improve ones’ physical as well as mental health.
Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
As one form of aerobic exercise, Tai chi can boost body strength. Research shows that people who practice Tai chi at least 3 times a week have higher strength and physical performance levels.
A range of movement in Tai chi can train and improve people’s flexibility. While undertaking Tai chi movements, muscles and joints should be relaxed to such a degree that all rigidity disappears.
A study found out that people who practice Tai Chi experience significantly improved gait and posture, and fewer falls. This is because Tai chi movements are slow and steady, which can help the core regain balance and reduce the risk of falling in elderly practitioners.
From the perspective of self-defense, Tai chi can also lower blood pressure and improve immune system, which can decrease the chance of heart diseases.
People, especially older adults, who have weekly Tai chi exercise will have lower levels of depression and anxiety because of the increase of confidence. As studies suggest, it can even help people with Parkinson’s disease.
There are two basic concepts that Tai chi beginners need to know: Qi and Yin & Yang. Qi refers to the energy force that flow through our body and practicing Tai Chi helps to balance this energy and unblock it. Yin & Yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary, interconnected, and interdependent in the natural world, yet they need to be kept in harmony. Tai chi is a way to keep the Yin & Yang balanced in people’s body.
“No pain, big gains”, says Harvard Heath about Tai chi, as it is relatively inexpensive and requires little external input. Even though Tai chi is a gentle activity, it is advised that people, especially older adults, should seek medical advice before starting and follow proper Tai Chi classes.