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While many of us think we need to throw weights around and break a heavy sweat to get our bodies moving, the “no pain, no gain” mentality is a thing of the past! In fact, to prime your body for more rigorous activities, tai chi may be just what you need! Tai chi is often described as “medication in motion” because of the restorative benefits for the mind and body, as it promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. With the chaos of normal life, who couldn’t use a little serenity?
Tai Chi (TIE-CHEE) was originally developed for self-defense but has evolved into a popular form of exercise. Widely recognized as perfect for all ages, tai chi is a form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions, including osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. Because tai chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
When performed regularly with proper form, tai chi can be a positive component of an overall approach to improving your health. According to the Mayo Clinic, the benefits of tai chi may include:
Additional evidence indicates that tai chi may also help:
Tai chi is joint-friendly, requires no equipment, and can be done just about anywhere! Mind-body exercises, such as tai chi and yoga, have been gaining popularity over the past few decades. This isn’t surprising, given the increasing number of studies on the positive effects of these gentler forms of exercise. There’s even evidence that tai chi may help you live a longer, more vital life.
This activity is safe for all ages and abilities, but we recommend doing these exercises in a comfortable setting. Check with your chiropractor if you have any questions or concerns when performing these exercises.
We have plenty of time ahead for yardwork, tennis matches, and trips to the gym. For now, let’s start with this gentle form of exercise to build a bridge to strength, flexibility, and balance. With that in mind, breathe in the good air, exhale the bad air, and prepare your mind and body for whatever activities lie ahead!
If pain or injury makes it difficult to be as active as you would like, call any MCR Chiropractic location to schedule an evaluation!