Got stress? We hear you. Providence Health & Fitness has an effective antidote for you to relieve stress and to help your overall well-being – Tai Chi.
Tai Chi is an ancient, graceful form of exercise that’s an excellent antidote for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions.
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If you're looking for a way to reduce stress, consider Tai Chi. Originally developed for self-defense, Tai Chi has evolved into a graceful form of exercise that's now used for stress reduction and a variety of other health conditions. Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.
Tai Chi, also called Tai Chi Chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
Tai Chi is different from yoga, another type of meditative movement. Yoga includes various physical postures and breathing techniques, along with meditation.
Who can do Tai Chi?
Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because Tai Chi is a low-impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you're an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.
You may also find Tai Chi appealing because it's inexpensive and requires no special equipment. You can do Tai Chi anywhere, including indoors or outside. And you can do Tai Chi alone or in a group class.
Why try Tai Chi?
When learned correctly and performed regularly, Tai Chi can be a positive part of an overall approach to improving your health. The benefits of Tai Chi may include:
- Decreased stress, anxiety and depression
- Improved mood
- Improved aerobic capacity
- Increased energy and stamina
- Improved flexibility, balance and agility
- Improved muscle strength and definition
At Providence Health & Fitness we offer a Tai Chi class on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am. Please call Providence Health & Fitness to register. Your first class is free. Call us at (908) 898-0008.