Just how good is tai chi?
Harvard Women's Health Watch heralds it as "medication in motion" and calls it an exercise that can be done by anyone with any fitness and health level. Here's an excerpt from "The Health Benefits of Tai Chi," originally published in May 2009:
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, which originated in China as a martial art, has value in treating or preventing many health problems. And you can get started even if you aren't in top shape or the best of health.
Don't be intimidated by some of the language or culture that might be very different than what you may have been exposed to, the article continues.
Tai chi helps provide muscle strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic conditioning.
Also, consider tai chi if you have (or have a family history of) any of these diseases:
- Low bone density
- Breast cancer
- Heart disease
- Heart failure
- Parkinson's disease
- Sleep problems
Find a tai chi class near you and start on the path to health and wellness today.