Physical and mental health are essential at any age and stage of life. For aging adults, it’s important to find new and different ways to support their health. Tai Chi is a low-impact, slow, and calm exercise that seniors have been benefiting from for thousands of years, which is why Holland Home has incorporated Tai Chi as one of the many fitness classes our Vibrant Living program has to offer. Made up of simple, self-paced movements, Tai Chi is perfect for anyone regardless of fitness level or age. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of Tai Chi.
1. Improves Strength & Balance
Tai Chi targets the lower body, enhancing the strength of the legs and flexibility and stability of the ankles. It also helps strengthen the core, both of which ultimately help to improve balance to reduce the risk of falls and serious injuries. The movements of Tai Chi also help you become more aware of your body positioning and spacing to make you more confident as you move through daily life.
2. Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Depression
With its slow movements, concentration, and deep breathing, Tai Chi can significantly impact mental health, relieving stress and reducing anxiety and depression. In fact, it is commonly called “meditation in motion.” Even though it is low impact, it still releases endorphins that help improve one’s mood, and taking classes provides an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.
According to Harvard Health, there is a strong connection between Tai Chi and cognition and has been shown to improve multitasking, time management, and decision making. In addition, in those with mild cognitive impairment, Tai Chi was shown to slow the progress of dementia more than any other type of exercise.
4. Reduces Chronic Pain
For those living with chronic illness and pain, Tai Chi can significantly improve your quality of life. Those with conditions such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and osteoarthritis can benefit from the low-impact, functional movements that this form of exercise has to offer.
5. Assists in Recovery from Heart Attack & Stroke
Tai Chi can act as an effective rehabilitation technique for those who have experienced a heart attack or stroke and is excellent for overall heart health. Unlike many other forms of exercise, Tai Chi does not exert a lot of energy, and you can strengthen the heart without straining it.
Whether you are looking to shake up your exercise routine, looking for relief from chronic pain, or wanting to take better care of your mental health, Tai Chi is an excellent option for everyone. In a short amount of time, you can reap the benefits that this ancient exercise technique has to offer.