I really enjoyed reading this article below, it makes me laugh when people talk about tai chi and the thinking from younger people about doing it.Tai chi: Getting There Slowly, But Feeling Healthier For Doing It
The general consensus from the younger generations we have around today, have this impression to do tai chi you have to be on your last legs in your life before you should start to do it. At Tai Chi Edinburgh we have many elderly students that have found their fitness levels and health have improved dramatically from doing tai chi.
The truth of the matter is doing tai chi and moving slowly is 100 times harder than moving fast, anyone that has tried doing tai chi correctly, doing the movements very controlled and very slowly can find it quite exhausting when you are not used to it.
But as an exercise for to keep you healthy and strong and agile there is nothing that can compare to the health benefits to be gained from doing it. Any of the younger generations I have taught tai chi to really surprised at how much your body and mind I worked when practicing Tai Chi, and it really changes their mind set about doing tai chi as an exercise form set.
Tai chi: Getting there more slowly, but gracefully and intact
NEW YORK (Reuters) – For modern, harried lifestyles focused on getting and spending, fitness experts say tai chi, the ancient Chinese slow-moving exercise, can be an ideal way for anyone to stay fit.
A staple in senior citizen centers and a common dawn sighting in public parks, the practice can offer long-term benefits for all age groups. “The last time I looked, there were some 500 studies about the various physical benefits of tai chi, from improving balance and attention span to boosting the immune system to beating back the symptoms of arthritis, asthma and insomnia,” said Rosenfeld. An estimated 2.3 million U.S. adults have done tai chi in the past 12 months, according to a 2007 National Health Interview Survey.
The practice is not perfect. Tai chi “does not supply the cardiovascular component that we’d be looking for in a well-rounded routine,” said Jessica Matthews, a San Diego, California-based exercise physiologist. “The exertion level, while challenging, is not going to increase your heart rate.”
GRAND ULTIMATE MOTION’
T’ai chi ch’uan, as it is formally known, derives from a form of Chinese martial arts. Explaining the slow, circular movement of the practice, Rosenfeld said tai chi is a philosophical term that means the harmonious interplay of opposing forces. When nature encounters a strong force, the way it answers that force to maintain harmony in the world is with a spiral, he said. “Astronomers see galaxies moving in spirals, water goes down the drain in a spiral, tornados form as a spiral. We spiral in tai chi because the most effective way to move fluid through solid is a spiral.” For more info on the article click here.
Tai chi: Getting There Slowly, But Feeling Healthier For Doing, So as you can see from the article above practising tai chi has huge health benefits linked to it, more and more research is being done on the health and well-being benefits of doing tai chi.
In fact I don’t think I’ve ever seen as much research into Chinese medicine, and the health benefits that are coming to light about it from modern-day science and research is quite startling. So the next time you’re practicing your Tai Chi and some youngsters look at you and smile just tell them, I might be slow but I’m really healthy.