calorie burning / weight loss and Tai Chi & qigong


Does Tai Chi burn calories?
The average 120-pound person can expect to burn around 250 calories in a Tai Chi session. A 150-pound person can burn about 300 calories in an hour.

Does Tai Chi tone the body?
Tone and strength of muscles - As with any other form of physical exercise, Tai Chi provides practitioners with an overall toning and strengthening of specific muscles. The weight bearing aspects of the Tai Chi exercise have even been shown to stimulate bone growth, which may be beneficial to help prevent osteoporosis.

Does Tai Chi Help You Lose Weight?
David Dorian Ross, November 4, 2020
Imagine an activity that can effectively combine your health and fitness needs in one place—a fun and effective exercise for combatting obesity and weight loss; and for promoting muscle tone, endurance; and as much calorie burning as running!
Top 5 Benefits of Tai Chi
1. Lose Weight
Numerous studies have shown that Tai Chi affects metabolism and improves aerobic capacity. In one study participants were able to lower both their body mass index (BMI) and their waist circumference by significant amounts.

Due to the synergistic nature of its movements, Tai Chi burns between 300 and 500 calories per hour, depending on the intensity of your workout. When you practice Taijiquan, you use more than just your arms or legs; you’re using your entire body.

The more of your body you use, even at a slow pace, the more calories you burn.

Some dietary training programs recommend Tai Chi before meals.

Why? Most of us know that when we are stressed, we are drawn to salty, sugary, greasy BIG TASTE foods which often fall into the "junk food" catagory. Why? Because the big taste distracts our minds from our stress. When calm and relaxed our taste sensation is more sensitive and acute, and can be entertained by much simpler tastes like fruit juice, fruit, and even vegetables.

Also, when calmer, we tend to "be one with" our experience, rather than thinking about what's stressing us. This means we tend to "savor" the taste more, smelling, enjoying the texture, taste, and do all this slower and more mindfully. Digestions begins very quickly. When the body has time to get the nutrients it seeks from slow dining, our "full" signal arises in the brain. When we eat fast, we consume many more calories before that signal is recieved. We've all experienced when a small snack was very satisfying, and other times when a whole bag of chips "just didn't do it."

But, research also indicates that gentle and easy Tai Chi, surprisingly burns significant calories when compared to other higher impact, and harder activities. Read on . . .

Calorie Burning / Weight Loss

Weight of practitioner: 130 155 190

Calories burned per hour: 236 281 345

177 211 259

Calories burned per hour: 236 281 345

Calories burned per hour: 236 281 345

295 352 431
-- WebMD


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