Walking and bike riding are popular, and treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals are also spotted in just about every gym and rehabilitation facility. Yoga has also been a popular choice to promote meditation and improve flexibility for the last few decades.
However, Hope Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing wants to introduce you to another ancient exercise ritual is gaining popularity among seniors in the United States: tai chi.
What is Tai Chi?
Tai chi is a Chinese martial art that dates back over 2,500 years. It emphasizes moderation and relaxation, so you are almost guaranteed to feel good while doing it! And as long as you can walk, you can do tai chi and take advantage of its many health benefits for seniors.
What Are the Benefits of Tai Chi?
The main benefit of tai chi is the increase in balance and flexibility, but studies have shown that there are several other ways tai chi helps the body, both physically and emotionally:
- Relieves pain from arthritis.
- Could lessen severity of symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
- Reduces stress.
- Lowers blood pressure.
- Improves cardiovascular health by increasing arterial flexibility.
How Can I Do Tai Chi?
Tai chi classes are held at nearly every fitness center that offers classes. You can also call your local senior center or your community’s senior resource agency, and they should be able to point to you a senior-focused tai chi class.
If you want to see a little more of what tai chi is all about, or even try it yourself in the privacy of your own home, you can watch videos like this one.
To learn more about Hope Center and all of the services they offer, visit https://centershealthcare.com/hope_center.