Tai Chi is an ancient form of marital arts that requires the practitioner to conduct slow moving martial arts moves. Although the movements of Tai Chi are slow and deliberate, this popular form of non-combative martial arts is a great way to lose weight.
Tai Chi requires you to utilize your major muscle groups to balance the body. These types of movements engage the muscles and cause your heart rate to accelerate as well. The result is major calorie burn and strength training.
A study done at the UCLA school of medicine showed that people who participate in Tai Chi on a regular basis had faster metabolisms and were more likely to be at their ideal body weight. The study showed conclusive evidence that Tai Chi has an aerobic effect on the body that could result in weight loss.
People who do Tai Chi specifically for weight loss can increase the calorie burn even more by tightening up their core and other major muscle groups while performing these ancient movements. Flexing and tightening the muscles while doing Tai Chi can increase the calorie burn by as much as 50%.
You want to make sure that you’re still in a relaxed state of body and mind so don’t overdue it. Just make sure your movements are deliberate and intense, but still fluid. And remember to breathe!
Tai Chi also helps relieve stress, which plays a big factor in controlling weight. Too much stress has been shown to contribute to obesity, hormonal imbalance, hypertension, heart disease, and stroke.
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