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Tai Chi Can Help with Balance, Pain, Stress and more!

Tai Chi is a proven pain and stress reliever. It helps cardiovascular health and flexibility, and is all-around good for you.

Many places including the Niles Senior Center offer Tai Chi as a class to people of all ages and abilities.  This is because tai chi exercises are low impact. Therefore, these exercises will put minimal pressure on your joints and tendons. The benefits of Tai Chi for seniors are incredible. It can be a relaxing form of exercise that only requires about 20 minutes a day.

Just because tai chi is low impact does not mean that you will not get physical health benefits. For example, practicing tai chi regularly can improve your cardiovascular health. One of the results of a healthier cardiovascular system can be lowered blood pressure.

Here are some benefits of Tai Chi for seniors:

  1. Relieves physical effects of stress
  2. Promotes deep breathing
  3. Reduces bone loss in menopausal women
  4. Improves lower body and leg strength
  5. Helps with arthritis pain
  6. Reduces blood pressure
  7. Enables you to get a better night's sleep. Not only will you be able to sleep better, but you should feel more relaxed throughout the day and be able to cope with stress more effectively.
  8. Helps to improve balance. Studies indicate that seniors who practice tai chi regularly are less likely to fall than those who do not practice tai chi
  9. Requires mind and body integration through mental imagery
  10. Accumulates energy by releasing endorphins rather than depleting it
  11. Enhances mental capacity and concentration
  12. Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks
  13. Uses no special equipment--and you do not have to go anyplace in particular to practice your tai chi routine
  14. Improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s
  15.  Can help improve range of motion and flexibility
  16.  Can be a social activity. If you learn tai chi with others in a class setting, you will meet people who have a common interest. You may be able to form a group that practices together regularly outside of class and then enjoys a cup of coffee and a chat afterwards

If the opportunity comes around to take a tai chi class or sample a demo, why not do so?  The Arthritis Institute of America has endorsed tai chi as a wonderful way to ease the pain of arthritis in people of all ages.  Our instructor at the NSC is certified from the Arthritis Institute, and a FREE demo will be held July 28th at 10:00 am.  If you’d like to give tai chi a chance, call us at 847-588-8420 to register.

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Michael Melinger June 17, 2011 at 04:08 PM
This is good to know... We have numerous caregivers working in the area and are always looking for activities they can do with their clients. Can a caregiver bring a client and participate with them? Thanks! Mike Melinger www.homeinsteadchicago.com
kathlyn williams June 20, 2011 at 01:50 PM
Caregivers are more than welcome to participate in tai chi. The stress relief alone, would be a huge benefit to them.

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