Tai Chi Can Provide Great Benefits to Seniors

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Tai Chi is a great way to strengthen muscles, increase flexibility, improve balance and get gentle aerobic exercise in a non-invasive way. Have you ever tried Tai Chi? Well, there’s a first time for everything. Give it a chance and let us know what you think!

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi is considered both yoga and meditation combined. According to a Harvard Health Publication, Tai Chi ia “gentle form of exercise that can prevent or ease many ills of aging and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.” The article says that tai chi combined with standard treatment appears to be helpful for several medical conditions.

“Tai chi can not only reduce stress and depression, but also relieve pain, build strength, and improve cognitive function, perhaps even delaying dementia,” says Peter M. Wayne, PhD, Director of Research at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Why Should You Try It?

Staying active is one of the most important things you can do for your mind and body. Tai Chi exercises the body in a way that could leave you feeling great! Many people enjoy the art of tai chi and believe that there are many benefits to practicing it. Here is a great article from the Mayo Clinic that’s worth the read if you are considering tai chi: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/tai-chi/art-20045184?pg=2.

Where Can I Do Tai Chi?

There are several movements associated with Tai Chi and it could take some practice to get familiar with everything. You can watch a video on YouTube or go see a professional instructor.

Consider finding someone else that’s interested in learning and practice the movements together. There are numerous videos and articles online that can help you get started. This article includes a few links to videos for beginner tai chi: http://www.livestrong.com/article/216706-free-tai-chi-exercises-for-seniors/.

Here is another helpful video offering beginner moves for seniors. Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApS1CLWO0BQ.

If you’re not big on reading articles about a new form of exercise, it might be a good idea to find a class in your area to attend. Your local YMCA might offer group Tai Chi classes. The YMCA of Twin Cities describes their tai chi program as this: “Tai = big or great. Chi = ultimate energy. Tai Chi is an ancient form of Chinese exercise consisting of slow, beautiful, relaxed movements that develop a sense of balance and harmony between mind and body. Say goodbye to sweating, puffing and panting and say hello to feeling cool, calm, refreshed and energized.”

Tai Chi is a great way to stay active at any age. Give it a try and you could possibly see the benefits that many people are raving about. Good luck and have fun!

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