On December 17, 2020, UNESCO included the practice of Tai Chi Chuan, or simply in Spanish Tai Chi, officially, in the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, a way of welcoming it as a global practice.
However, tai chi is nothing new, and much less in China, with thousands of years of practice, but it is true that Western science supports it more and more openly as healthy exercise and that it can help us not only to improve our quality of life, but also to prolong it.
And it does so based on successive studies that show its benefits, and therefore that millions of Chinese citizens cannot be wrong.
For now, it should be noted that it is a sport that can be practiced anywhere, indoors or outdoors, and that as equipment it requires little more than a tracksuit and shoes.
Even so, there are different centers and groups in cities and towns that practice it in a group, either in premises or public parks, something that is always interesting for learning, first and improvement, later.
Be that as it may, be it from home via Youtube or in a center or group in your locality, the practice of tai chi has the following benefits.
1. Improves blood pressure
A Monash University review, in the state of Victoria, Australia, points to a possible reduction in the risk of cardiovascular accident in people who habitually practice Tai Chi.
The reason is that tai chi teaches you to pace your breathing in a regular way, which reduces the acidity of the blood and, therefore, anxiety. In turn, this has an impact on the heart rate being slower and more rhythmic.
2. Reduces the risk of depression
Precisely the reduction of anxiety that derives from concentrating on repetitive movements and controlled abdominal breathing, has effects and benefits similar to those of meditation; among them an improvement in the ability to concentrate, a reduction in stress or a lower risk of depression.
According A study, presented at EuroHeartCare-ACNAP Congress 2021, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology, “Tai Chi may be helpful in alleviating depression and anxiety in stroke survivors.”
3. Reduces the risk of falls and improves mobility in older people
Tai Chi is an exercise that can greatly improve the mobility of people over 70 years of age, since reduces arthritic pain at the same time that it reduces the risk of falls, which will allow them to walk more and therefore prolong their life with quality. A) Yes It is recognized by a study from Stanford University.
And all this thanks to the improvement of both the lower and upper body in its gentle but calculated exercises. At the same time, Harvard University recommends it recognizing that “it can help us maintain strength, flexibility and balance.”
4. Improves the quality of sleep
Tai Chi tones the muscles of the entire body, reducing the tension in tendons and therefore the risk of contractures and tendinitis, which favors a reduction in night pain, especially in people who have suffered joint injuries or wear.
A 2016 study from the University of the Appalachians, North Carolina, verified the improvements produced by tai chi in people with sleep disorders by reducing both muscle aches and anxiety.
5. Improves brain oxygenation and memory
The equivalence in many aspects of Tai Chi with meditation has already been commented, since in a way it includes it.
The North American Department of Health recommend tai chiAmong other reasons because “it is possible that older adults feel that tai chi improves the quality of sleep and favors learning, memory and other mental functions.”
Like all sports, tai chi is not exempt from certain risks in people with joint problems, spinal injuries, or pain for other reasons, so before starting this practice it is recommended to consult with a specialist in traumatology, or in general medicine.
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