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.
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.
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.
Tai chi is the perfect at-home workout because it only takes 10-20 minutes of practice a day.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!