Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that was originally developed for self defense. It has now evolved into a graceful form of exercise used to help reduce stress and other health conditions. Tai Chi, is also called tai chi chaun, which means an exercise system that uses slow, smooth body movement to achieve a state of relaxation of both body and mind. The exercise is a low-impact, slow-motion exercise that requires you to go through a series of motions without stopping. These motions are named after animals’ actions and martial arts moves.
According to Harvard Health Publications “the movements in Tai Chi are usually circular and never forced, the muscles are relaxed rather than tensed, the joints are not fully extended or bent, and connective tissues are not stretched.”
This exercise is practiced by people of all ages and fitness levels even if you do not exercise at all.
If you are still skeptical about Tai Chi the benefits may change your mind. Tai Chi not only relieves stress commonly caused by the activities of our daily lives, but also improves muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic conditioning. Also when combined with standard medical treatments is known to relieve arthritis, help with low bone density, and improves the life for people with breast cancer, heart disease, heart failure, hypertension, Parkinson’s Disease, sleep apnea, and strokes.
So if Tai Chi sounds like something you are interested in trying or if you are already familiar with it come out to Coleman University. Dress comfortably and meet up in Hopper Hall (the graduation auditorium) July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th for our Tai Chi Series from 12:00-1:00pm.
Hope to see you there!