Learning Tai Chi From Home: All Your Important Questions AnsweredApr 27, 2021
Have you lately been feeling stressed out? Negative news, global pandemics, and isolation haven't been easy on anyone.
To make matters worse, you probably feel like you are neglecting your health when you sit around. It's tough to feel motivated to work out when you feel like the weight of the world is resting on your shoulders.
Luckily, there's an often overlooked but very effective and easy way to take care of yourself from home. Tai Chi can quickly be learned with an instructor online or by following along with some videos.
Another fantastic benefit when you learn tai chi at home is you can participate either standing or seated. This is great for individuals in their golden years or those who have physical limitations.
As long as you can find 10 minutes out of your day to practice some Tai Chi, you will be on your way towards better health.
When you practice this holistic health routine you will:
- Strengthen your core
- Increase your flexibility
- Better your balance
- Improve your cardio
- Boost your mental well-being
However, Tai Chi is very misunderstood (don't lie and say you didn't think of people on the beach!). So we will go over some questions that pop up around the subject and shed some light on this holistic fitness routine.
Isn't Tai Chi a Martial Art?
Yes, it is!
However, It's becoming more and more popular as a holistic health fitness workout. Tai Chi (or Tai Chi Chuan) has been around for over 2000 years. Still, now many learn Tai Chi for its exercise and mental health benefits rather than martial arts usage.
Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that contains movements based on natural forces like gravity.
Tai Chi movements are slow and gentle, yet when practiced regularly, they can produce an excellent workout for the entire body.
What are the health benefits of Tai Chi?
- It improves balance and coordination.
- Tai Chi is also a great cross-training tool for athletes looking to improve their mental and physical performance.
- Great for sports injury rehab because it improves muscle flexibility, joint mobility, and balance.
- Tai chi's slow movements are doable for people of all ages who may have limitations with activity due to pain or disability.
- It reduces anxiety and depression.
- It can help with arthritis, Parkinson's Disease, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer's disease, or other forms of dementia.
- Keeps different body parts in alignment as they age. Tai chi helps to improve their mobility and flexibility too!
- It improves flexibility and strength in the hips, knees, and ankles.
- Tai Chi is also really good for those with insomnia because it promotes better sleep and relaxation.
Why is Tai Chi the perfect at-home workout routine?
Tai chi is the perfect at-home workout because it only takes 10-20 minutes of practice a day.
Some reasons why you should consider Tai Chi as your go-to home workout routine is:
- Tai chi is a low-impact exercise that even those who are not coordinated can learn, making it easy to do from home.
- You don't need any special equipment, just your own body.
- You can do it sitting on your couch and be completely comfortable.
- Tai Chi classes can be done with a chronic illness and does not require any previous knowledge to do.
- Doing Tai Chi at home is perfect for those who want a consistent workout routine but are limited because of physical restrictions or other reasons.
Is Tai Chi just for seniors?
No! Tai Chi classes can benefit many different types of people groups. Children, teenagers, and young adults can all reap the benefits of this low-impact exercise just as much as seniors.
Children who suffer from ADD or ADHD do better in school when practicing Tai Chi. It improves their concentration and ability to pay attention for more extended periods, which can be challenging for kids with these conditions.
Teenagers often feel stress from social pressures, such as exams or work deadlines. By doing this low-impact exercise regularly, they are less likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
Young adults can also find that Tai Chi helps reduce their stress levels, especially if they are juggling family life and work commitments.
The benefits of tai chi classes extend to many different groups, and it is not just for seniors!
Do you need any special equipment to practice Tai Chi?
You don't need any equipment, however, traditionally when individuals practice Tai Chi, they would wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Tai chi clothing should allow enough room for movement without being restrictive. You don't have to wear tai chi outfits. Just make sure your clothes should be loose and comfortable if you do.
A good tai chi outfit will not restrict your movements or cause any discomfort during practice. It's best to choose clothes made from natural fibers, so they don't cling to the skin when wet with sweat. You may want to avoid fabrics like polyester.
Is Tai Chi good for both a physical and mental workout?
Yes! Tai Chi is a beautiful holistic option if you want to work your mental fitness and physical fitness.
Tai chi is a great way to burn calories. It strengthens not only your abs but also tones up the muscles in your legs and helps you manage stress more efficiently.
Tai chi is a mental workout in and of itself. It helps you focus your mind, giving it the space to clear out all thoughts that can sometimes lead to stress or anxiety. You'll also learn how to manage stress better after practicing Tai Chi. Each session cultivates mindfulness and improves concentration skills.
I'm young and active, can you supercharge Tai Chi?
There are many ways that you could "supercharge" Tai Chi classes to make it more intense.
You might want to add weights to increase the gravitational resistance to increase cardio, strength training, balance work, and flexibility.
You could also increase your movement to add more intensity and aerobic exercises.
Or you might want to try a Tai Chi workout that incorporates martial arts or yoga-like moves, adding in some punching, kicking, grappling, and stretching for an intense full-body experience.
Moves such as:
These add-ons will give you a more intense full-body experience.
Want to experience Tai Chi at home?
We currently offer a free 10-minute TaijiFit Flow Experience. TaijiFit Flow is based on Tai Chi and is a perfect exercise routine to introduce you to the health benefits of Tai Chi. You can access your FREE video by clicking the link in the sidebar!
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