Tai Chi is a form of Chinese martial art widely practised for its health benefits. It’s gentle, low impact movements are suitable for people of all ages, yet burn as many calories as sports such as surfing and downhill skiing.
In recent years, studies have shown tai chi practice to improve balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. Tai Chi is a popular exercise amongst those who wish to live a healthy and long life.
It may also be suitable for those recovering from stroke and heart attacks, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, osteoarthritis, diabetes and fibromyalgia.
Traditional Chinese medicine views that for most people, gentle exercise is more valuable than pushing yourself to the limits for a long and healthy life.
What’s the difference between Tai Chi, Qigong and Yoga?
Tai chi is very graceful and fluid in its motions compared to qigong and yoga which requires more stillness and holding of postures. Some yoga poses require more flexibility which may not suit some people with pain or limited mobility. Each of these exercises benefit not only the body but also the mind through breathing and meditation.
In practice, there is very little difference between each of these popular exercises except to try and find the one that suits your body best. It’s also important to find a class and teaching style that you can continue to enjoy on a regular basis.
Above all, we encourage everyone to incorporate some form of regular physical exercise that suits your lifestyle and personal interests.