Meditation in motion
Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art, can help older adults suffering from chronic condition to improve their health both physically as well as mentally. This art form is like an exercise that involves slow and fluid movements that with regular practice can improve flexibility, strength and balance. The best part about this exercise is that it does not leave its performer breathless and is thus, best for people aged 40 and above.
As we get older, proprioception or the body’s ability to sense its own position declines. Several studies have claimed that Tai Chi improves balance and reduces falls. It does so by training the senses. Balancing is a function of the sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the ligaments and muscles. Besides, the fear of falling is also reduced significantly with the practice of Tai Chi.
Tai Chi helps you move unmoved muscles, thus helping you to become flexible over a period of time. As is quite known, the biggest concern elders have with regards to their physical body is the stiffness in their muscles. This can be easily addressed with Tai Chi.
Improves aerobic conditioning
Depending on how fast or big your Tai Chi movements are, you might even reap some aerobic benefits. If you have been advised to perform intense cardio workout with a high heart rate, you may be in need of more something that is more aerobic.
Improves muscle strength
Tai Chi has the potential to improve lower as well as upper body strength. When it is practiced over a period of time, it can be as beneficial as resistance training and brisk walking.