Martial Arts and Relaxation: Why Tai Chi Is Good For the Elderly

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In the last ten years or so, there has been a boom in people who practice Tai Chi in parks and other open public places. A majority of them are adults who are entering their autumn years. So this prompted a curiosity in us as to why that is and why Tai Chi is good for the elderly. We hope you enjoy today’s discussion!

What is Tai Chi?

This particular martial art finds its roots in China. It is all about synthesizing the flow of chi or energy in the body. It involves a series of slow and flowing movements. A majority of the practitioners of this particular form of martial art are adults and the elderly.

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Why is Tai Chi Good for Elders?

Reduces Stress

Just because a majority of those practicing tai chi are retired, this does not mean that their lives are any less stressful. The calming sway and ebb of movements involved in Tai Chi have been known to reduce stress in the elderly by about 46%.

Improves Balance

One of the main concerns of health practitioners is the fact that the elderly are often at risk for falling. Balance tends to go away when your legs aren’t as steady as they used to be. Those that practice tai chi will be exposed to motions that help improve their balance and strengthen their leg muscles.

A lot of tai chi involves staying still on your legs while your arms do a variety of motions. Eventually, the legs will have to incorporate the movement but they are carefully planned and carefully executed.

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Good Exercise

Do not let the gentle movements fool you in any way. While Tai Chi is not as physically demanding as other forms of martial arts, it still will make you exert effort. Tai Chi falls under aerobics and even good cardio.

Conclusion

Tai Chi has a lot of good benefits for those that practice it—no matter what their age is. One of the reasons why Tai Chi is so popular with the elders is that it is that set of practitioners that really get to maximize the benefits at their late age. Exercise is truly important when you are an elderly person and we think it is great that tai chi can help elders to achieve healthier lifestyles.

What other reasons do you think exists as to why it is good for the elderly?