For people who may have just recovered from a stroke, adapt the ancient old Chinese practice of Tai Chi for better recovery. A recent study showed that practicing this exercise helps in increasing balance and functionality. Just the two Tai Chi exercises can help you get through the after-stoke phase easily and with a sense of normalcy.
A study, presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2013, showed that among the stroke survivors, those who practiced Tai Chi exrecises experienced the fewest falls over the trial period. Doctors claim that the main benifit of this anicent Chinese exrecise is that he generates a better balance, improves strength and flexibility. They advise to practice it on a daily basis. It is believed that Tai Chi exrecises are a long term solution to improve fitness.
Tai Chi is nothing but an ancient Chinese martial art. It involves some physical movements, mental concentration and relaxed breathing. Also, other benifits like less depression, anxiety and stress and adds to a better quality of life.
The below mentioned are the simplest, shortest and uncomplicated forms of Tai Chi exercises:
- Stand Differently: Stand, with feet and shoulder width apart. See to it that your knees are bent about one inch with your lower back flattened. The arms should be on the sides with your palms facing end-wards. The fingers should not be rigid. Imagine that you are to hold a soft ball in your armpit. It should be in such a manner that the hold should be gentle and not firm or strong to press the soft ball. Your head should be facing straight. This helps in keeping the back of your neck straight. Start breathing in through the lower abdomen. When you inhale, raise your arms straight ahead on your shoulder level and then glide it to the back slowly. While exhaling allow your hands to float to your side. Repeat this exercise seven to ten times a day.
- Stand Differently Again: Now for the second Tai Chi exercise, stand with your feet little wider that shoulder width apart. Same like before, your knees should be bent about an inch with lower back flattened. Head should be up straight which helps in maintaining the back of your neck to be straight. Palms should be facing lower abdomen something about eight inches off the body. While breathing in, make sure you breathe in through the lower abdomen. Then let it rise slightly out of your knee bend and then let your palms move slowly away from your belly. To relax the lower abdomen, exhale. While doing so, get back onto your knee bend and let your palms come closer to your body. This exercise is called ‘Tai Chi Ball.’ A very important note while doing the Tai Chi exercise is that the co-ordination of breathing along the movement of the hand and the legs is to be followed strictly.