Even though Tai Chi is slow and gentle doesn't leave you out of breath, but it does address the important components of fitness.
Muscle strength, Flexibility, Aerobic Conditioning
Flexibility, aerobic conditioning and to a certain extent aerobic conditioning can by doing Tai Chi.
“Muscle strength. Tai Chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking”, said the Harvard Medical review.
Although at first glance Tai Chi seems to be easy, its intensity can be increased to cater for every level of fitness from moderate to super fit. Just lowering your stances by a couple of inches can increase the difficulty of the exercise and develop muscular strength in your legs, hips and back,
"Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body," says internist Dr. Gloria Yeh, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. "Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen," said the Harvard review.
Tai Chi can be done Fast and Slow
It is a common misconception that Tai Chi is only done slowly-but it can be done fast too!
It is true that the slow version gets all of the attention, but the fast one is not only good for your health but delivers Aerobic conditioning to.
“Depending on the speed and size of the movements, Tai Chi can provide some aerobic benefits. If your clinician advises a more intense cardio workout with a higher heart rate than tai chi can offer, you may need something more aerobic as well”, said the Harvard article.
T'ai Chi (From University of Kansas Health System) http://www.turningpointkc.org/programs/Resilience-Toolbox/Tai-Chi
The health benefits of t’ai chi
Harvard Health Publications wrote: Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called "medication in motion" … There is growing evidence that this mind-body practice … has value in treating or preventing many health problems.
Through the power of ancient Chinese techniques, you can help lessen the power of stress on your mind and body. T'ai chi, originally a Chinese martial art, has evolved into a gentle exercise proven to provide many health benefits. And don't worry, it's something that can be done by anyone – it doesn't require any special skills or fitness level and can benefit people of all ages.
Who would have ever thought that Tai Chi could be a fitness exercise for the young and a health exercise for the seniors too!
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