We’ve all heard someone tell us “Try Tai Chi – it’s so good for you!” And it is!
Tai Chi is simple to learn and contributes to good health. Practice improves balance, fights Parkinson’s disease symptoms, and promotes optimal body function. The low impact resistance of Tai Chi gives seniors a chance to safely build strength and flexibility, and the breathing techniques reduce the symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.
More than 200 million people all over the world currently practice Tai Chi. The ancient Chinese exercise developed from the philosophy that you possess qi (pronounced like “chee”), or life force that motivates you. If your chi is depleted, you will feel sluggish and fatigued; if your chi is plentiful, you will feel energized and alert.
Tai Chi professes a very low rate of injury and can be practiced by people of any skill level. Practicing Tai Chi can provide many benefits, including:
- Increased energy
- Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety
- Improved strength
- Better balance
- Stronger immunity
- Weight management
- Better sleep
- More stable moods
- Improved overall fitness
- Reduced inflammation
Tai chi is also credited with increased longevity. Studies have shown benefits similar to walking or running. The practice can also improves posture and stability for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease – Tai Chi is much like the kind of rhythmic weight shifting that occurs when you walk or stand, and focuses on controlled motion based on the displacement of your center of gravity. Tai Chi has also been shown to be helpful in the treatment of:
- Heart failure
- Menopausal symptoms
Practicing Tai Chi can also:
- Minimize the symptoms of chronic pain
- Manage Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Avoid falls and bone fractures
- Implement an exercise program
Many senior living communities and local fitness clubs provide Tai Chi classes. Consider a group class – this can be a wonderful way to get involved and maintain consistency. Videos about Tai Chi on YouTube will help you prepare for what you should expect. Make sure to let instructors know your experience level and any concerns you may have.
Get started with some videos right now! Start by learning the important breathing techniques used during practice. This video can help you learn the right method:
Try these examples to help you improve safely:
Try Tai Chi today and take an important step to improving your health and quality of life.