Can practicing Tai Chi relieve some of the pressure on our failing healthcare system? One family doctor thinks so.
Dr. Bruce McFarlene, a firm proponent of Taoist Tai Chi (and also the medical advisor for the International Taoist Tai Chi Society) announced today that health officials and legislators should promote the art as a way of solving some basic problems, such as stress, fatigue, poor circulation and low muscle tone.
Tai Chi encompasses strength building, flexibility, balance, endurance, relaxation and spirituality while being accessible and affordable. At least, more accessible than a visit to the doctor’s office.
Essentially the argument is that with the majority of adult Canadians not getting enough physical activity, and thereby requiring more medical attention, Tai Chi is a good alternative for those who fear the gym and other active options.
I like the idea of Tai Chi as a healthy addition to my lifestyle. I simply don’t know if I believe that it can replace regular physical activity on the whole. What do you think?