Tai Chi – The Perfect Activity for You!

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Tai Chi – The Perfect Activity for You! You’ve probably heard of the ancient Chinese practice called Tai chi and wondered what it is. It originated in China as a martial art and has evolved to become a mind-body practice loved by people the world over whose lives are enriched by the physical and emotional benefits they receive from Tai chi. At its basic, it is a graceful form of exercise that involves a series of measured movements that are carried out in a slow, focused manner with an emphasis on controlled deep breathing.

Tai Chi – The Perfect Activity for You!

Because it is a low impact activity, Tai chi puts minimal stress on muscles and joints which helps to make it the perfect exercise for people of all ages and levels of fitness.

You will notice with Tai chi that its graceful flowing movements give it a sort of slow dance-like appearance as the body elegantly moves from posture to posture.  The combination of gentle exercise with breathing and relaxation techniques make Tai chi the perfect activity guaranteed to both invigorate you and fill you with a sense of well-being.

Tai chi is for everyone, everywhere, all the time!

Tai chi is for everyone regardless of age, fitness or ability. The sequences of slow, soft, and relaxing movements are manageable for all practitioners and will relax and strengthen you. It can be practised anywhere and with anyone in a group or on your own. You can practise it outside in a garden or field or inside in your own home. There are no limitations to practicing Tai Chi – plus it requires no equipment and can be done at any time that suits you.

The benefits of Tai chi

There’s a reason why this three thousand year old tradition is practiced all over the World. There are multiple benefits and rewards for those who practise Tai chi. First and foremost being that it maintains and improves your health, fitness, and wellbeing.

Taking a look at the specifics of Tai Chi. From a physical perspective, this ancient practice is a great way to  improve balance,  flexibility, agility and  co-ordination ,which is the perfect way to help reduce the risk of falls in older adults. It also improves aerobic capacity and increases energy and stamina. Plus it builds muscle strength and definition. Tai Chi is also an ideal way to recover after injury or illness and set your body back on track.

Tai chi has also been known to boost your memory function, improve the quality of your sleep and enhance the immune system. It can help lower blood pressure, relieve joint pain and keep you fit and healthy. Regularly practicing tai chi can result in weight loss.

From a mental perspective, Tai chi will bring you a sense of well being, encouraging peace of mind, reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve your mood. It is also known to aid focus and concentration.

Tai chi classes

Ireland now has Tai Chi schools and clubs located across the whole country. Courses.ie lists and promotes some of these schools and courses. 

Explore courses near you and start your Tai chi journey – it could be the perfect activity for you for the rest of your life!

 


Steven Galvin

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