Exercise doesn’t have to be intense and fast-paced to be effective. Gentle exercise can also help you to maintain bone mass, increase flexibility and improve cardio fitness.
Tai Chi is a low impact exercise that can help strengthen your body and mind. This martial art form has been practiced for thousands of years and has evolved into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety as well as improving health and wellbeing.
It helps people to connect their body and mind – it stimulates your ‘chi’ or internal energy, increasing its circulation in the body to help you feel rejuvenated, refreshed and healthy. Tai Chi is considered a form of ‘meditation in motion’, promoting serenity and inner peace.
A typical Tai Chi practice usually includes a warm-up, practice of tai chi forms and qigong (breath work).
The movements in Tai Chi are slow and graceful, putting less pressure on your muscles and joints. You should aim to breathe deeply and move with your breath.
Some of the key benefits of Tai Chi include:
• Muscle strength
• Aerobic conditioning
If you’re looking for a practice that will help you to slow down, improve your mental state and become stronger, try Tai Chi.