WHAT IS TAI CHI?
Have you ever seen a group of people in the park
doing a slow, choreographed group exercise? There’s a good chance they were
doing Tai Chi, an ancient Chinese martial art. Tai Chi
is a low-impact, slow-moving exercise that can help to support the mind, body
and spirit. It can be performed standing or sitting, and the choreographed
movements are great for seniors looking to stay active. This is why BayBridge
Senior Living offers it at many of our locations.
Clarke, the Regional Director of Life Enrichment at BayBridge, explains that "deep
breathing and meditation are an integral part of the exercise as you go through
the movements. The difference between Tai Chi and other forms of exercise is that
your muscles are not tensed and your joints are never fully extended or bent.
All the movements are fluid in nature.”
WHY TAI CHI IS GREAT FOR SENIORS
has shown that those who practice Tai Chi experience a wide range of benefits,
which can deliver wonderful outcomes for seniors. Recent studies have reported a connection between practicing Tai Chi and noticing an
increase in strength, improved balance, fall prevention and flexibility.
"Research also shows that Tai Chi can assist with arthritic pain, reduce sleep
problems and even positively impact hypertension and blood pressure while
improving stress management and overall well-being,” explains Clarke.
low-impact nature of the movement makes it an ideal workout for people of all
ages. For those who may not be comfortable standing for long periods of time,
Tai Chi can be easily adapted for a seated position.
also easy to follow and incredibly relaxing,” adds Clarke. BayBridge
community team members strive to offer a variety of programs to suit all of the
residents’ preferences and interests. "Our
mission is to empower seniors to flourish,” explains Erica. "I think it is
important to provide evidence-based programs that are proven to improve health
and well-being, and also to ensure we have meaningful programs that promote
healthy outcomes. Tai Chi is just one of the many programs BayBridge offers in
support of that philosophy.”