The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors
11 Sep 2017

The Benefits of Tai Chi for Seniors

Tai Chi provides real and substantial benefits for all who practice this internal Chinese martial art. It only takes a commitment of about 20 minutes per day and can be done throughout your entire lifetime. The practice itself focuses on mental and spiritual aspects integrated into a series of movements that flow together.

Especially for seniors and those who have suffered a stroke, heart attack or other ailment, the benefits can greatly enhance your quality of life. Let’s take a look at seven core benefits of practicing Tai Chi.

Reduces Stress

Foremost Tai Chi is an excellent way to reduce stress. The movements are designed to relax your body and clear your mind. You simply flow, letting go of any thought or stress that may be weighing on your mind. The result is a feeling of focus and realignment, both physically and mentally.

Increases Oxygen Flow

Tai Chi is very intentional about breathing throughout the activity. You will be instructed and reminded to breathe deeply, resulting in increased oxygen flow. The benefit of more oxygen pumping through your body is substantial! You will gain energy and alertness. For people suffering from an illness or recovering from an injury, the oxygen will also put your body in the best possible to condition to repair itself.

Enhances Mental Capacity and Concentration

The added oxygen combined with reduced stress work together to enhance your mental capacity and ability to concentrate. Practicing Tai Chi, even just several times per week, is a great way to keep your mind sharp.

Reduces Blood Pressure

As you relax and intentionally breathe more, you will lower your blood pressure which is especially beneficial for many seniors. Some people report being able to reduce or completely come off of blood pressure medications due to lifestyle changes, such as incorporating Tai Chi into their exercise routine.

Alleviates Arthritis Pain

To those suffering from arthritis, movement may not sound like a fun activity. However, Tai Chi’s simple, gentle and fluid movements are exactly what the body needs to remain loose and flexible. The regular practice of Tai Chi can have excellent results of alleviating arthritis pain.

Improves Balance

Regular practice of Tai Chi will improve your balance. As you flow between movements, you’ll quickly learn what side has less balance or what poses are particularly challenging. With regular movement, you’ll be able to see how you’re progressing. In day to day life, you’ll also experience the benefit of better balance as you go about routine tasks.

Helps with Faster Recovery from Strokes and Heart Attacks

Tai Chi has also been documented as helping stroke and heart attack survivors recover at a faster rate than those who do not practice Tai Chi. Oxygen intake, mental concentration and balance are major areas that need strengthened after a major health event, and Tai Chi focuses on all three.

As part of our growing list of resident activities, the Middletown Home is pleased to be adding Tai Chi to our schedule. Be sure to check out our event calendar to see when and where we will be offering Tai Chi next!

Do you currently practice Tai Chi or have an interest in getting started? Share what inspired you by leaving a comment below!

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  1. Allen Wayland Says: September 27, 2017 at 1:54 am

    Great Post!

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