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7 Reasons Why You Should Try Tai Chi

People think of tai chi as martial arts, you might imagine people breaking boards or kicking heavy bags.

However, there are many different types of martial arts and some of them may surprise you.

One in particular is practiced for its many health benefits including stress relief, but you won’t be breaking boards or kicking bags with this one. We’re talking about tai chi.

What Is Tai Chi?

Ancient martial art form is said to have been created by the Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng in the 12th century. While this means “supreme ultimate fist,” it’s actually evolved to become a form of “meditation in motion” which promotes serenity and inner peace.

7 Reasons Why You Should Try Tai Chi

There are distinct styles including Chen-style, Yang-style, Wu-style, and Sun-style. While there are differences between the styles, they all help improve your health and well-being. In fact, there are dozens of reasons to try this exercise. Let’s take a look at seven of them.

1. Cardiovascular health – A number of studies have found that tai chi can help lower high blood pressure. It’s also been shown to increase good cholesterol and reduce bad cholesterol. This helps reduce the work your heart has to do to get blood and nutrients to your tissues.
2. Better mood and reduced depression – Tai chi is often prescribed for those with depression. Results from studies have shown that a weekly tai chi class can help treat symptoms of depression. It’s been shown to also have mood-boosting benefits.

7 Reasons Why You Should Try Tai Chi

 

3. Balanced blood sugar – Tai chi can improve your blood glucose levels.

People with type 2 diabetes have been shown to have a stronger immune system when they add this exercise to their weekly workout program.

 

4. Improved sleep – Because of its slow, calm flowing movements, Tai Chi can reduce an overactive mind. The gliding movements of exercise helps settle the nervous system and reduce worry allowing you to fall asleep, stay asleep and get a better nights rest.

7 Reasons Why You Should Try Tai Chi

5. Improved immune function – Scientific studies show that practicing Tai Chi improves the immune system.

The gentle flowing movements and controlled breathing give toxins and disease a one-two punch.

It aids the lymphatic system in combating colds, flu and auto-immune diseases.

6. Reduced stress levels – The reduced stress may be exactly why your immune system becomes stronger when you practice this exercise and why you may sleep better. It’s all connected.

7. Improved bone density – In addition to improving bone density, tai chi is a slow and seemingly gentle practice which increases strength, mobility, and balance.

Tai chi has been shown to thicken the brain’s cortex. In addition to helping protect against depression, it also has the added benefit of reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Tai chi is easy to practice. Special equipment is not needed. You can practice it inside or out. People can wear any clothing they prefer and there are a number of ways to access this exercise activity.

You can take a class, use a DVD, or find a website or mobile application that can guide you through a practice. It’s good for all ages and health levels. If you want to have more energy and improved health, give tai chi a try.

 


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