Five Ways to Wellbeing- Be Active- Tai Chi

A guide to tai chi

From here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/taichi.aspx

 

All you need to know about tai chi, including the health benefits, the different styles of tai chi and getting started.

What is tai chi?

Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is today practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise.

What are the health benefits of tai chi?

While there’s scope for more rigorous studies on tai chi’s health benefits, studies have shown that tai chi can help people aged 65 and over to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

Can tai chi help prevent having falls?

Some research suggests tai chi can reduce the risk of falls among older adults who are at increased risk. However, more research is needed.

Can tai chi help with arthritis?

There is some evidence that tai chi can improve mobility in the ankle, hip and knee in people with rheumatoid arthritis (RH). However, it is still not known if tai chi can reduce pain in people with RH or improve their quality of life.

Is tai chi good for treating osteoporosis?

Studies have looked into the potential benefits of tai chi for people with osteoporosis, but there is currently no convincing evidence that tai chi can prevent or treat osteoporosis.

Am I too old for tai chi?

No, tai chi is commonly performed as a low-impact form of exercise, which means it won’t put much pressure on your bones and joints and most people should be able to do it.

Is tai chi suitable for me?

Get advice from your GP before starting tai chi if you have any health concerns or an existing health condition. You may need to take certain precautions if you’re pregnant, have a hernia, back pain or severe osteoporosis.

Read more here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness/Pages/taichi.aspx

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