As a life coach in Scottsdale, Arizona, Peter Winslow helps clients transform for the better by focusing of their personal development and health. In addition to his work as a life coach, Peter Winslow pursues mental and physical well-being in his own life by practicing tai chi.
A practice dating back to ancient China, tai chi has grown in popularity in the West in recent years. Though there are several variations of tai chi, all disciplines focus on harmonizing the mind and the body, developing fluid body movement, and improving concentration. In addition to its mental and spiritual benefits, research suggests that tai chi also has physical health benefits. Three of these physical health benefits are listed below.
1. Improves cardiovascular health. A 1996 study looked at 126 people who had experienced heart attacks, dividing the subjects into three groups, which included a non-exercise group, a group that practiced aerobic exercise, and a group that practiced tai chi. At the end of the study, the researchers found that tai chi practitioners not only had improved their blood pressure the most, but had practiced the longest.
2. Reduces your number falls. Tai chi’s focus on balance and flexibility suggests that the practice would be helpful for reducing one's risk of falling. Several studies over the years have reached this conclusion as well, with one study comprised of nearly 80,000 subjects clearly indicating that a tai chi practice leads to better balance and reduces one's rate of falls.
3. Improves fibromyalgia symptoms. An incredibly difficult condition, sufferers of fibromyalgia report intense and diffuse pain throughout their body, among other symptoms. Although researchers have not identified the cause of or cure for fibromyalgia, studies have shown that tai chi can help reduce the frequency and severity of symptoms.