Tai Chi - A Great Way for Seniors to Train Their Balance
you’ve been worried about your balance for a while, chances are you’ve
read in a magazine or online that Tai Chi is recommended for people who
want to improve balance.
What is Tai Chi?
Chi is an ancient form of martial arts developed hundreds of years ago.
Unlike most martial arts, though, Tai Chi was meant less for combat and
more as a way to exercise and increase longevity and well-being.
Because of this, Tai Chi doesn’t involve any weapons or sparring with a
It took a long time for Tai Chi to make it out of
China, but in the last 20 years it has gained considerable popularity
in the western world. Many health clubs now offer Tai Chi classes to
Tai Chi for Better Balance
movements of Tai Chi are done in a slow and gentle manner, making it an
ideal exercise for seniors. Also, it is typically done standing and
involves a lot of gradual weight shifting and stepping in different
Those types of movements take a lot of body control
and are a great way for seniors to work on balance and coordination. In
fact, it has been proven to improve balance, which is why you will
often see it referenced in articles about fall prevention.
Other benefits of Tai Chi may include:
should be noted that while Tai Chi is good for those things and great
for balance, it is not strenuous, and will not get your heart rate up,
nor will it stress your muscles out enough to qualify as strength
- Better quality of sleep
- A reduction in anxiety
- Pain relief
- Lower blood pressure
- General feeling of well-being
Therefore, it should only be a piece of your
well-rounded exercise program, and you will need to do strength and
cardiovascular training separately.
If you’re interested, you can check with your local fitness center and see if they offer Tai Chi.
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