Health goals are a common theme for New Year’s resolutions, and it is important as we age to take a serious look at our health. There are opportunities to incorporate a healthier lifestyle while having fun. Tai Chi is a popular activity for seniors who are looking for an enjoyable activity that provides both mental and physical health benefits.
What is Tai Chi?
According to the Mayo Clinic, Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition. It has many different styles that focus on serenity through gentle, flowing movements. Movements flow into the next without pause so that the body is in constant motion.
Why seniors should try Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a low impact form of exercise for the health of the mind and body. Minimal stress is put on the muscles and joints, which helps make it a perfect exercise activity for aging seniors.
Benefits of Tai Chi
Here are just a few of the health benefits seniors can experience by incorporating a regular practice of Tai Chi into their exercise routine.
- Promotes deep breathing, which helps relieve the impacts physical and mental stresses. This will enhance the quality of sleep, lower blood pressure and boost your immune system.
- Improves lower body and leg strength that helps reduce the risk of falls. Falling is one of the most common occurrences as we age. Falling can lead to injuries which can result in serious health issues. Fall risks drop significantly by improving strength, balance and stamina.
- Enhances memory concentration through a series of deep breathing and movements. This can help improve conditions like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. [JB1]
- Being a part of a Tai Chi class also has positive impacts for a senior’s social life. Seniors will feel more engaged in a community with their classmates. This can help improve their overall well-being.
How to get started on your fitness journey
It’s important before staring an exercise routine to consult with your physician. A physician’s assessment will help determine what fitness routine is right for you.
The best way to start Tai Chi is by finding a class that may be offered in your area. You can contact local fitness centers to see if it’s a program they feature. It’s important to find an instructor that is certified in Tai Chi. An experienced instructor can help teach you specific positions and movement. They can also help to learn proper breathing techniques.
If Tai Chi is something you’re not interested in, there are other ways to stay fit as a senior.