We all realise the importance of exercise when it comes to our physical and mental health - exercise is even more important as we get older. It can be difficult to get moving sometimes due to limitations caused by conditions, but it is really important to keep as fit and strong as possible. We wanted to talk to you about Tai Chi - an ancient form of exercise which allows for different levels of ability. It helps people improve balance and strength, and is proven to reduce falls in older people. Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise. It helps people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in their legs helping to reduce falls. Did you know, 40% of hospital visits by the elderly are due to falls?
As a low impact exercise, Tai Chi can be practiced by all ages and abilities as this exercise is often practiced in wheelchairs or sitting down. Ask your carer to help you find local Tai Chi classes and you can both enjoy a relaxing form of exercise! Do let us know if you try it out and what you thought about the classes and benefits of Tai Chi. Information and source taken from the NHS website.