Strengthen Your Body and Mind

Spring 2005 CSANews Issue 54  |  Posted date : May 17, 2007.Back to list

If you're looking for an invigorating activity this spring, why not try Tai Chi? This ancient Chinese martial art is renowned for its ability to promote both mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies in recent years have examined the benefits of Tai Chi for older adults. Its gentle, non-aerobic movements help to improve balance and co-ordination, thus reducing the frequency of falls among the elderly. One study found that people aged 70 years and older reduced their risk of falling by 50 per cent when they participated in a 15-week Tai Chi program. Tai Chi is also known to improve arthritis, circulation problems, high blood pressure and multiple sclerosis.

Contact your local community centre for information on Tai Chi classes in your area.