Ah! What don’t people do or go through to stay in shape, right? The amount of time and energy one invests to make sure he/she stays on top of their shape is simply perplexing. However, all that bewildering health benefits come at some significant costs both in terms of your time investment and (of course) a good deal of upper body strength.
It’s rather ironic that people put their body through so much pain and stress in order to keep it in quintessential shape. The major drawback of all that intense workout session, however, is that they are suitable only for people with significant upper body strength aka healthy people.
Senior citizens, in particular, do not qualify under such category, which simply means they cannot afford to hit gyms every morning. This is where the convenience of practising Tai Chi comes into play. Tai Chi does not involve putting your body through intense pressure to get the certified result. In fact, it is the polar opposite of that.
Tai Chi involves moving your body around in a strategically slow and meditative fashion to get your body in sync with each other. Call it old mythology or some kind of weird psychological effect, but the hard fact is that there have been compelling results to showcase the diverse health benefits of Tai Chi.
Provides ideal posture balance
Amongst the multitude of health deficiency that most old adults develop as they age, the most relevant health concern is the improper posture balance. This is the natural response of the body towards weak synchronisation between different crucial parts of the body responsible for maintaining stable posture and balance.
Such posture imbalances cause falling, which is very prevalent amongst the senior citizens. A study conducted in 2012 on more than 79,000 active Tai Chi practitioners showed significant results to support the conclusion that Tai Chi was, in fact, helpful in reducing the symptoms of Falling.
Another systematic review in 2015 involving more than 500 tai chi practitioners successfully concluded that regular Tai Chi Chuan practises helped in improving the flexibility and control posture balance, especially in older adults.
You don’t need any of those intense gym sessions of heavy weight lifting or chucking down pounds of protein shakes to gain some significant muscle strength. Tai Chi is a great natural way of ensuring optimum muscle gain without having to dedicate too much of your already existing muscles (however minute it maybe).
Regular Tai Chi practise is an excellent means of gaining both upper body and lower body strength as well. In fact, several studies have shown that Tai Chi can produce positive results identical to brisk walking and mild training regime. Due to its strategic arm movement, Tai Chi provides an excellent means of enhancing the upper body strength and also helps in strengthening the abdomen and also the backbone muscle as well.
One of the main positive aspects of Tai Chi exists in its excellent ability to reduce or even eliminate the possible symptoms of chronic pain. Over the years, there have been several studies conducted on Tai Chi to understand its effects on Chronic Pain. The results have mostly been positive and show conclusive evidence of Tai Chi’s effectiveness in treating several chronic pain symptoms.
A meta-review conducted in 2013 on a 12-week course of practising Tai Chi showed compelling results to prove the positive health effects and its effectiveness in reducing the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis and improvement in physical function and stiffness as well.