One translation of tai chi is the grand ultimate. There are many benefits because of the way that mindfulness is incorporated into movement. This can create a foundation for other activities in ones life and keeping on keeping on. Tai chi has traditionally been taught at a young age to create good habits for a lifetime.
Here is a list of the 10 top benefits
1. Balance: Tai Chi movements are slow and steady, shifting from one side to the other while coordinating upper body movements. These movements give feedback in a variety of situations about where balance lies, about where relaxation is. this significantly reduces the risk of falling which is particularly useful as one ages.
2. Strength and Endurance: Research shows that individuals who practiced Tai Chi at least 3 times a week on a regular basis increase strength and performance levels. tai chi creates confidence about being strong and relaxed together.
3. Flexibility: In tai chi the range of movements helps improve flexibility in every joint creating the ability to flow freely. The ability to get into flow is central to living a pain free life and can help mitigate the effects of past injuries. there is also awareness of when one has gone too far.
4.Posture: Grace and poise are natural states and the ability to listen to our bodies helps develop and maintain good posture.
5.Chronic Illness prevention: Helps in the reduction of chronic illnesses like heart disease, blood pressure, arthritis, digestive disorders, depression and many others.
6 Improves coordination: Tai Chi Intergrates our breathing, structure and movement which can expand our ability to be co-ordinated. This can help help our brain development and reduce learning difficulties (dyslexia) and maintain brain function (lower dementia).
7.Regulates the respiratory system: Breathing is central to the flow of Tai Chi. The relaxed and deep breathing helps treat respiratory alignments such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
8. Aerobic Capacity: helps improve one’s lung capacity giving the benefits of more aerobic exercise like jogging. Breathing deeply and in a relaxed way brings about 30% more oxogen into your system.
9. Relaxation: The mellow rhythmic movements and breathing creates a focus away from our hectic life and can be grounding. The ability to relax is thought to be central to the many benefits of Tai Chi
10. Economical. Tai chi is a complete package that efficiently uses energy and can achieve what you would get from mindfulness and more vigorous exercise. This can be particularly beneficial as we age.