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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Tai Chi Tuesday...


Tai Chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese martial art that combines deep breathing and relaxation with gentle physical movements. It is widely practiced by people of all ages in Eastern countries and is becoming increasingly popular in the West.

Tai Chi has received a lot of attention in the press with claims being made that it can do everything from reducing heart disease to preventing falls in older people. There have been numerous research studies carried out looking at these claims and sometimes the results have been exaggerated in the popular press.

Research has clearly established that improved strength and balance reduce the likelihood of falls and Tai Chi is certainly a form of exercise that will develop your strength and balance. Research continues to investigate the benefits of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi does not involve contact or fast physical movements so can be an ideal form of exercise as you get older. Joining a class also gives the benefits of meeting new people and learning in a safe environment with an instructor to guide you. If you are interested in Age Proofing your life, some form of exercise is recommended, and Tai Chi might be the very thing for you.

Follow this link to the NHS “Livewell” page that will give you more information to help you decide if Tai Chi could be for you:

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