Working Out with Tai Chi

This is a guest post by Rob Pell.

Are you concerned that you may not be as fit and healthy as you should be? Perhaps you find the same old workouts get boring pretty quickly. Why not introduce some new activities to keep your fitness regime fun and exciting.

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Tai Chi is one of the best ways to spice up your daily exercises. First developed as far back as the late 1500s, Tai Chi brings together a number of different movements and exercises from other well known martial arts and uses them to create a state of almost meditative psychological calm and physical well-being.

Gentle and un-taxing, Tai Chi is ideal for people of any age or physical capability and has a wide range of benefits to its practitioners, particularly those practitioners who are of a more senior age.

Balance

The slow, measured movements associated with Tai Chi promote balance and poise in practitioners of the discipline. This trains the joints to remain stable even in unnatural positions – like standing on one leg with both arms raised, or gradually raising one leg to transfer between positions – increasing sure-footedness and stability in other areas of your life.

Increased stability not only minimises the risk of trips and falls and the injuries associated with such mishaps, it also prolongs your independence by increasing your physical capability. The nature of Tai Chi allows you to practice the discipline almost anywhere, while the balance and poise your body attains will only increase as your Tai Chi proficiency rises.

Flexibility

Again, it is the slow, precise and measured movements of Tai Chi that provide our joints with the most benefit. A lifetime of enduring the rigours, stresses and strains of the day to day may have left your joints feeling like they’ve seen better days, making more rigorous exercises painful and difficult.

The nature of Tai Chi allows it to be practiced at your own pace and, unlike other exercise regimes; it won’t take any further toll on your joints and muscles. Exercises like the Dove Spreads Wings or the Scoop the Sea positions can help you regain the levels of joint flexibility you might have enjoyed several years ago.

Increase your joint flexibility with Tai Chi and you will soon notice how much easier other aspects of your workout become. The benefits of Tai Chi are transferable to almost any activity.  Visit livestrong.com for more on Tai Chi.

Well-being

Tai Chi is all about channeling your life force. Whether or not you subscribe to eastern spiritual philosophy is up to you, but one thing is for sure, the meditative calm and inner tranquility bestowed by a Tai Chi session does wonders for your personal well-being.

Sometimes stress is unavoidable in life, but it is something that can play havoc with your health if you allow it to. Daily Tai Chi sessions are perfect for eradicating such stresses from your life and giving you a healthier, happier outlook in general. Studies have also shown that practicing Tai Chi actually increases your cardio-vascular health, making your body more able to deal with the sorts of stresses that are bound to appear from time to time.

Such is Tai Chi’s popularity, classes and sessions are now held all over the world. Contact your local community centre and see what sorts of Tai Chi classes are available to you.

Author Bio: This article was written by Rob Pell who writes for Simplify digital. Simplify digital are Ofcom accredited and provide independent advice to consumers looking for the right broadband, TV and home phone packages.

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