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The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

The benefits of Tai Chi for seniors are incredible. A low-impact, relaxing form of exercise that only requires about 20 minutes a day and rewards your efforts. Tai Chi is an internal Chinese martial art in the sense that it focuses on mental and spiritual aspects integrated into movement.

This meditative form of exercise consists of a series of 19 movements and one pose. You may have seen groups of people demonstrating its slow-moving circular forms in public parks.

Many seniors and senior care facilities have been enjoying this style of workout and conditioning for more than 20 years. 

What are the Benefits of Practicing Tai Chi as We Age?

Tai Chi is one of the most effective exercises for the health of mind and body. This practice is taught around the world as it is proven to help people to relax and feel better.

Here are 12 amazing 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. Requires mind and body integration through mental imagery
  8. Accumulates energy by releasing endorphins rather than depleting it
  9. Enhances mental capacity and concentration
  10. Improves balance and stability by strengthening ankles and knees
  11. Promotes faster recovery from strokes and heart attacks
  12. Improves conditions of Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s

Harvard Medical School, in its May 2009 health publication, suggests that Tai Chi, which is often called meditation in motion, might well be referred to as “medication in motion,” for in addition to preventing falls and reducing the effects of arthritis. The practice of Tai Chi has been shown to be helpful for a number of medical conditions including; low bone density, breast cancer and its side effects, heart disease and failure, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, sleep problems, and stroke.

Did you know the Blaine Senior Center offers a varied form of Tai Chi. Check out Tai Ji:


MONDAYS: 9:00-9:30AM Beginners

MONDAYS: 9:30-10:00AM Advanced

MONDAYS: 10:00-11:00AM Everyone Welcome!

WEDNESDAYS: 10:00-11:00AM Everyone Welcome!

FRIDAYS: 10:00-11:00AM Everyone Welcome!

Experience more abundant health, harmony and balance.  Tai Ji's gentle movements release stress by relaxing and rejuvenating the body while refreshing the mind.


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