Today is the “Fight of the Century.” But I am not a big fan of boxing.
I am more of a tai chi enthusiast.
Well, it is not the same as boxing and I am not sure if Mayweather or Pacquiao is taking advantage of its benefits.
However, I know a lot of people who are performing it to fight against weight loss plateau as part of being healthy.
Remember Jet Li?
Tai Chi’s benefits in being healthy are aplenty.
Tai chi, per se, is popular in various parts of the world. However, it is widely practiced in the US and Canada.
It is somehow the same as yoga. The benefits of tai chi are attributed to its slow, low-impact movements. When you go out and jog in the park, you may see a group of people practicing it under the teacher’s guidance.
Its full name is tai chi chuan, which originated in China. It was considered as one of the martial arts. It follows the Taoist philosophy of tranquility and reflection.
These days, the martial art part of tai chi is no longer a central focus of it. Rather, it is a combination of a healthy workout, meditation, and dance.
When you watch the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight today, you can perform tai chi moves and obtain its benefits.
Even if you are only watching boxing in your house, it may still be a stressful situation for you. This is especially true if you are betting one of them.
What are the benefits of tai chi?
- Alleviate arthritis. When you take tai chi classes twice a week for at least three months, you will experience less pain. Your physical function will enhance, compared to those who are only performing stretching and receiving counseling.
- Help in the recovery from injuries. Pair it with a balanced diet and you can be on your road to recovery from any type of injuries and heart attack. The reason for this is that tai chi can take your joints to full range of motion while restoring lost flexibility.
- Promote sleep and relaxation. In addition to helping you fight against weight loss plateau, tai chi benefits go beyond that as it can help in promoting sleep and relaxation. According to a UCLA study, older people who are embracing tai chi benefits reported to have better sleep and improved daytime functioning.
- Improve balance and coordination. If you have seen the fights of Mayweather or Pacquiao, you could see how well-balanced they are when they are on the ring.
They may not be performing and embracing the benefits of tai chi but the slow movements of this healthy workout can improve balance and coordination.
This is especially useful in older people who are at risk of falls. Some supermodels that I know of are performing tai chi to improve their balance and coordination while walking on the runway.
Benefits of Tai in Overall Fitness
Older people who start doing tai chi have reported to have enhanced overall fitness. They can easily walk, run and perform daily activities. But tai chi is not just for older people. Its benefits can be obtained by younger individuals, like us.