Last week we talked about Osteoarthritis (OA) being the most common type of arthritis. As we mentioned, there is a strong link between osteoarthritis and inactivity. Also, more than half of adults with diabetes or heart disease have arthritis, and these numbers are expected to rise as rates of osteoarthritis increase.
Being Active can help
Physical activity can help decrease the pain and disability of osteoarthritis. Tai Chi is a great form of exercise for people with arthritis. Tai Chi is a traditional form of Chinese martial arts that has been practiced in China for centuries. Its benefits and forms have spread throughout the world.
Tai Chi is also a low intensity exercise; its movements are smooth, non-jarring, slow, and work joints through their full range of motion, making it beneficial for people with arthritis. It is believed to have many health benefits including helping to reduce fall risks in older adults and improving flexibility, both of which are important in helping to age in place. Other believed benefits of Tai Chi include:
Tai Chi is a great form of exercise for all ages. It can be particularly beneficial for older people as it works joints through their full range of motion, improves balance, involves slow and smooth movements, is low impact, and has many additional health benefits. Click here and here to find out more about Tai Chi