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Tai Chi for Seniors

Most of us have had a friend say to us “You should try Tai Chi – it’s so good for you!” And it is!

Tai Chi is easy to learn exercise that promotes better health. The practice improves stability and balance, combats the symptoms of Parkinson’s, and improves overall body function. Tai Chi provides low impact resistance, allowing seniors to build strength and flexibility safely, while breathing techniques help to manage stress, anxiety, and depression.

More than 200 million people worldwide practice Tai Chi currently. This ancient Chinese exercise stems from the philosophy that you have a qi (pronounced like “chee”) within you, a life force that drives you. If your chi is low, you will feel sluggish and tired; if your chi is full, you will feel energetic and motivated.

Tai Chi has produced a very low rate of injury and can be practiced by people of all walks of life and at any skill level. Tai Chi practice provides many benefits, including:

Tai Chi has produced a very low rate of injury and can be practiced by people of all walks of life and at any skill level. Practice improves stability and balance, and improves overall body function.
  • Increased energy
  • Improved strength
  • Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • Better balance
  • Improved overall fitness
  • Stronger immunity
  • Weight management
  • More stable moods
  • Reduced inflammation

Tai chi is generally associated with longevity. Studies show that Tai Chi provides benefits similar to walking or running. The practice also promotes good posture and stability for Parkinson’s disease suffers – Tai Chi mimics the type of rhythmic weight shift that happens walking or standing, and emphasizes controlled motion centered around the displacement of your center of gravity. Tai Chi can also be helpful in the treatment of:

Tai Chi for Seniors

  • Stress
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anxiety
  • Heart failure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Menopausal symptoms

Practicing Tai Chi also help you to:

  • Minimize chronic pain symptoms
  • Manage Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Avoid falling from instability
  • Begin an exercise program

Many senior living communities and local fitness clubs offer Tai Chi classes. Think about starting with a group class – a group can help you get involved and stay consistent. Videos about Tai Chi on YouTube are helpful by showing you what you can expect. Always tell instructors about your experience level and any concerns you may have.

So let’s get started with a few videos right now! Start with the breathing techniques you will use during practice. This video can help you learn the right method:

When you’re ready to advance, try this great warmup that can be done in a chair:

When you find a video on YouTube you want to try, watch the entire video before attempting the movements to be sure that you can practice them without harming yourself.

Make Tai Chi part of your routine and take an important step to better health and quality of life.