Are you new to fitness or are you looking for a low-impact form of exercise? Then tai chi may be a good fit for you. Tai chi, often known as mediation in motion, was originally developed for self-defense but has since evolved into a rhythmic form of exercise. Relieving stress, improving flexibility and balance, and improving strength are just a few of the benefits you can gain from tai chi.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states “As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.” Regular exercise can help your muscles grow stronger, and prevent other health problems that naturally occur with age. Older adults need about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity per week. What better way to get started than with a low-impact workout like tai chi. Follow along as we explore the benefits of tai chi for seniors as well as steps to get started.
It’s worth noting, while tai chi can be a great form of exercise for older adults, it is always a good idea to speak with your doctor before starting a new workout regimen — especially if you have a medical condition.
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What is Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise that has ancient Chinese origins. Mayo Clinic explains, “It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.”
Tai chi focuses on stretching as well as movements without pause that ensure your body is in constant motion. These gentle movements make it a low-impact workout and a great option for seniors, and those with physical disabilities and/or limitations.
It’s also worth noting, there are five main styles of tai chi, Yang, Wu, Chen, Sun, and Hao. While they all share the same origin and similarities, each style has its own unique characteristics.