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Looking for a New Workout? Give Tai Chi a Try!

By Donna Stark

Are you looking for a new form of exercise as you continue to navigate your way through this crazy year? Do you want to continue improving your physical fitness but are hoping to find something a little more calming than those Zumba videos you found online? Well, if you haven't tried tai chi yet, you may want to consider doing so! Many people across the country love tai chi because it doesn't require any special equipment and it can be practiced anywhere. And since we are still dealing with all those social distancing guidelines, this form of exercise couldn't be more perfect at a time like this.

Why Tai Chi?

Whether you can find a small class that is still up and running or you do it alone in your home or backyard, learning how to practice tai chi is definitely worth considering! Take a look at the following health benefits that can come from this peaceful form of exercise.

  • Reduces stress and anxiety - Did you know that tai chi is also known as meditation in motion? With its gentle, flowing movements and deep breathing techniques, tai chi can help reduce the levels of stress and anxiety in your body.
  • Restores joint function - The movements involved with tai chi can help alleviate joint pain, decrease stiffness, and improve a person's range of motion and flexibility. When this occurs, joint function is either improved or restored and mobility is increased.
  • Engages the entire body - By focusing on correct posture and the proper alignment of the body, while also engaging in controlled, graceful motions, tai chi is more of a workout than you may think! Your body will be in constant motion and your muscles will definitely be put to task.
  • Increases energy - Although tai chi can place your mind and body into a state of relaxation, it also encourages the production of endorphins and leaves you feeling more energized after a session. Your thoughts may be clearer and your days may be more productive if you can figure out how to incorporate tai chi into your daily lifestyle.

Are You Ready to Try Something New?

No matter what your age or level of physical fitness, tai chi could be the answer you are looking for, so why not give it a try? Find that open class or those videos online and start improving your overall health and wellness today! And who knows? It could very well become your new favorite form of exercise.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Knightdale, N.C.

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