By Adrian Bryant

Using Tai Chi for Weight Loss

tai chi to lose weight

According to the World Health Organization, the ancient Chinese art of Tai Chi is one of the best exercises for losing weight and is especially effective when combined with proper diet

One of the main reasons for the effectiveness of Tai Chi is that it can be used by people recovering from injuries or people with chronic medical conditions such as arthritis and heart conditions.

Why does Tai Chi work for weight loss?

Because many people suffer from weight issues that are the result of a medical problem, either chronic pain or injury, Tai Chi is used extensively for treating these patients. These problems create weight issues mostly because of loss of flexibility and/or balance.

Tai Chi encourages movement that is relaxing and teaches you how to walk gracefully and with as little energy use as possible.

Tai Chi Exercises

An excellent example and very simple exercise to test this assertion is called "Rooster on One Leg" or "Golden Cock" which gives increased static balance and strengthens the quads, ankles, and rectus abdominus, oblique's, hip flexors and anterior deltoid and stretches the back muscles:

Rebuilding a Solid Foundation

In many cases a person's excess weight is concentrated in the legs, hips and stomach, which will cause problems in both flexibility and balance. Tai Chi has very few high kicks and most of those are in Chen style, but the Crescent Kick is a very effective exercise for restoring muscle to the legs thereby reducing excess mass.

You can do both the inside Crescent Kick and the outside Crescent Kick to develop balance, flexibility in your entire legs and fat reduction:

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