7 Reasons to Do Tai Chi

By: Emily Lunardo | Exercise | Monday, June 04, 2018 - 06:00 PM

tai chi reasonsTai chi is an ancient form of exercise originating in China. Unlike other types of exercises, tai chi is low-impact and has been found to have benefits not only on the body but on the mind as well.

If you’re looking to find a gentle exercise to incorporate into your daily routine, we highly recommend tai chi, and we have seven reasons to back it up.

7 Reasons to Try Tai Chi

Prevent falls: As you age, your bones and muscles become weaker, which can increase your risk of falls. Tai chi helps improve your muscle strength in your legs, lowering your risk of falls.

Weight loss: It’s no surprise that exercise helps with weight loss and being overweight or obese is a risk factor for several different illnesses and diseases. Therefore, practicing tai chi can help you prevent these illnesses and diseases by better controlling your weight.

Improve strength: When performed regularly, tai chi can improve strength similar to strength training exercises. Furthermore, tai chi helps support joints and improve your ability to perform movements.

Improve heart health: Studies on tai chi have found that it can help improve blood pressure, improve sugar levels, and overall boost heart health.

Improve flexibility: You may not think flexibility is still important as you age, but it is because it allows you to perform a full range of motion without injury.

Relieve stress: Stress is a big culprit for disease and poor mental health. Reducing stress can help prevent illness along with improving your mood.

Easy to do: Tai chi can be performed by anyone, anywhere, regardless of any limitations you may have. You can join a group or watch videos online to get you started and begin improving your health.


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Sources:

https://www.care2.com/greenliving/7-reasons-you-should-start-doing-tai-chi-after-50.html

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