Is Tai Chi for Me?

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Dear Ernie and Jannette,

My neighbor, Harry, is 80 years old and has gotten really into Tai Chi. He says it helps him stay fit, maintain balance, and avoid falls. I am 77, have arthritis and high blood pressure, and am not sure if Tai Chi is for me. Before I sign up, do you have an opinion on whether Tai Chi is worthwhile for someone like me?

Thanks,

Nasure Tychee

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Dear Nasure,

Developed in China more than 2,000 years ago, Tai Chi, as it is practiced in the west today, is similar to yoga (but done with more continual motion) and meditation combined.  It is a gentle form of meditative exercise that features slow and focused movements along with deep breathing. Researchers have found that Tai Chi provides a great physical and mental workout and can benefit seniors in a number of ways including:

  • lowering blood pressure
  • improving symptoms of arthritis
  • reducing stress
  • improving balance
  • providing pain relief
  • enhancing flexibility
  • easing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
  • improves feeling of overall well-being

Senior citizens who experience degenerative conditions can benefit greatly by incorporating Tai Chi into a daily exercise regimen to invigorate and build the energy levels in the body, ultimately boosting the immune system and promoting clear thought processes and a healthier body.

If you want to see a bit of what Tai Chi is like, watch this video.  But like most things, seeing is very different from doing. So if you’re interested, give it a try. Your body and mind may thank you.

Ribbit up!

Ernie and Jannette

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