- Cardiovascular & Vascular Function
Everyone will be familiar with the fact that Tai Chi reduces hypertension (high blood pressure) but may not be aware of the other effects on cardiovascular health and function.
Hypertension increases with stress and aging as the nervous system shifts into a more sympathetic dominant role. The more constricted the blood vessels become, the harder the heart has to work to pump blood through the body, thus increasing the blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, aneurysms and renal failure.
By practicing Tai Chi for an extended period of time, one will benefit in terms of heart capacity.
Such benefit is shown as slowed down resting heart rate, slower heart rate incline doing regular workouts and significant heart rate incline doing high intensity or flat-out workout as well as quick recovery after workouts.
At your own rate
Advanced hand forms that use explosive movement, as well as slow, soft movement along with many light and heavy weapon routines greatly increase stamina and endurance.
Tai Chi can be practiced to whatever level of intensity that suits a student’s health, age and fitness. The elderly and those recovering from illness or injury or those with weak constitutions, can be seen practicing alongside sports enthusiasts, body builders and those with excellent athletic capabilities, making Tai Chi a universally accessible and loved exercise system that offers huge benefits in today’s fast paced world. It teaches people to slow down, breathe, center and ground themselves as well as regain their balance and connection to themselves to be able to live a healthier and happier life.
No wonder it’s considered a cultural treasure in China and practiced by 300 million people worldwide!