According to a recent study in the Journal of American Medicine the practice of Tai Chi may improve quality of life, mood and memory of those practicing it. Remember the old term no pain no gain? Well many have thought in the past that you have to have strenuous pain, sweat and exercise in order to have a healthy heart and body. But the few have figured that with proper breathing and stretching techniques one can easily get the same benefits if not better benefits. To those watching someone doing Tai Chi movements these movements may seem slow and flowing as they move from one pose to another and although they are not lifting weights, playing strenuous sports or jogging they are surely receiving the same health benefits from these movements as they would be receiving from the strenuous exercises.
Tai Chi will also increase your bone density, lower your systolic blood pressure and can relax and tone the muscles thus improving blood flow, boost your immune system and increase muscle strength without the risk of straining and damaging your muscles or any connective tissue. Those suffering from arthritis will be happy to hear that Tai Chi can improve blood circulation and will certainly relieve pain associated with arthritis, especially in the knees.
Tai Chi is also great for those suffering from hypertension as it works closely with your autonomic nervous system which means that it is very effective in relieving and avoiding symptoms of stress. Tai Chi will also increase your confidence and can lead you to a more active lifestyle. Your heart will also benefit greatly from Tai Chi as the flowing and rhythmic nature of Tai Chi actually assist your heart to increase blood flow through the body and thus putting less strain in the heart and thus your heart will be able to perform better.
Your posture will also benefit greatly from Tai Chi as these movements will improve postural alignment and awareness and allow you to maintain a neutral posture while performing an activity. As Tai Chi is great in bringing harmony, balance and relaxation to one it will surely do wonders for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) syndrome as it reduces the stress hormones in your body.
As one can see Tai Chi can be a fun, healthy and safe way for people of all ages to exercise and stay fit but always consult a physician before beginning it if you are in your latter years.