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Tai Chi - A Great Way for Seniors to Train Their Balance  

If 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?

Tai 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 partner.

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 their members.

Tai Chi for Better Balance

The 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 directions.

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:
  • Better quality of sleep
  • A reduction in anxiety
  • Pain relief
  • Lower blood pressure
  • General feeling of well-being
It 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 training.

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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