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.
Our dedicated live-in carers recognise the importance of incorporating activities like Tai Chi to improve balance, strength, and overall mobility, thereby reducing the risk of falls. As part of a comprehensive approach to home care services, Tai Chi aligns with the goal of promoting health and preventing hospital visits resulting from falls. This low-impact exercise, compatible with different abilities and ages, aligns with the principles of companion care, offering a relaxing yet effective means of physical activity. If you're considering exploring Tai Chi, our care agencies can assist in finding local classes, ensuring both the elderly individual and their carer can enjoy the numerous benefits of this health-promoting exercise. Feel free to share your experiences with us as you embark on this journey, discovering the positive impact Tai Chi can have on balance, posture, and overall well-being.
Information and source taken from the NHS website.