Tai Chi for Seniors

hand of a senior practicing tai-chi on the beachThe latest trend in senior health is Tai Chi, an exercise that is based on deep breathing, relaxation, and slow, gentle movements. Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of tai chi for seniors:

  • Health boost: Studies have shown that in individuals over the age of 65 who practice tai chi have reduced stress, increased mobility, and improved leg strength.
  • Fall prevention: Because tai chi works to improve balance without rigorous, high-impact exercise, it is a great exercise for preventing falls. Improving balance and increasing strength and stability are essential to fall prevention.
  • Arthritis: Arthritis sufferers can practice tai chi, and is one exercise that will not usually cause increased pain. Although further research is needed, there is some evidence to suggest that tai chi can improve joint mobility for sufferers of rheumatoid arthritis, especially in the ankles, hips, and knees.
  • No age limit: Because tai chi is so gentle, almost anyone can continue to practice tai chi at any age. If you suffer from any limiting physical conditions, however, you may wish to speak to your doctor first.
  • Get started: You don’t need any fancy equipment or a base-level of fitness to start with tai chi, so the best thing to do is join a class and get started! There are online resources and books that explain the practice, but it’s always best to initially begin with an instructor to ensure appropriate movements.