• The benefits of Tai Chi

    Posted on January 25, 2010 by in Featured

    Last week we talked about the benefits of exercise including; aerobic exercise, strength training, and stretching.  This week, we’ll be discussing the benefits of Tai Chi.  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, and work joints through their full range of motion.   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 aging in place.  Other believed benefits of Tai Ch include:

    • Improved muscle strength
    • Reduced risk of multiple falls
    • Lower blood pressure
    • Improvements with muscles that control posture
    • Improved balance
    • Improved cardio fitness
    • Improved ability for adults with osteoarthritis to get around
    • Lower levels of depression
    • Reduced stress and anxiety

    Tai Chi is a great form of exercise at any age.  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 so many health benefits. Click here and here to find out more about Tai Chi.

    Source:  The Effect of Tai Chi on Health Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Conditions A Systematic Review