Enhancing The Life Of Seniors With Tai Chi

March 22, 2018

seniors doing tai chi

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition (martial art practice) initially created for self-defense. It is a system of exercise and stretching that is non-competitive and self-paced. It is also called meditation in motion. It involves very calculated moves, which are slow and focused, and just like other forms of meditation it involves deep breathing. Tai Chi movements are coined after actions made by animals, for instance “white crane spread its wings.”

Here is the icing on the cake; Tai Chi has evolved into a meditation exercise helping both aged/elderly and people who are not in good health or shape. All you need to do is sign up for a class, which is part of TEL HI’s Senior Program! Classes are held Monday through Thursday in TEL HI’s gym from 9:30 AM to Noon. Though before you do, should you have a medical condition or a muscular or skeletal problem, you obviously need to check with your doctor to ensure you are fit enough to do such activities.

The good news is that Tai Chi has a safe track record and you should be encouraged to take it up. The only obstacle is you hindering yourself from its amazing benefits.

Now, let’s quickly take a look at some of these benefits:

Stress Reduction

The deep breathing experienced during this exercise is known to promote calmness and help distract you from stressful thoughts.


The low impact, slow, and steady movements in Tai Chi help individuals regain their balance and reduce the risk of falling.

Strength and Agility

Research has shown that Tai Chi supplies those who practice it with increased strength and performance. Of course, this is for people who practice this on a consistent and regular basis, at least three times a week.

Flexibility and Posture

Good posture and flexibility can be sustained from the constant practice of Tai Chi.

Tai Chi is also known to increase the quality of sleep and enhance the immune system. It can also be an excellent aid for Chronic Illness Prevention – Parkinson’s disease, chronic heart failure, fibromyalgia and a lot of others. It also regulates the respiratory system and improves body coordination.

Finally, Tai Chi is not only for the elderly, and it can be practiced by anyone, anywhere. It is best to get started with Tai Chi before you get to a point where you start having any health challenge or difficulties – prevention is key!

Take that bold step today by signing up for our TEL HI Adult and Senior Program.

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