Tai Chi

 
Tip: Try to put aside distracting thoughts and focus on being aware of your movements.
Balance is important to help you perform many of your daily activities and prevent falls. Research has shown that tai chi can significantly reduce the risk of falls among older people. In tai chi, which is sometimes called "moving meditation," you work to improve your balance by moving your body slowly, gently, and precisely, while breathing deeply. Other benefits from practicing tai chi include:
  • improvements in bone and heart health
  • easing of pain and stiffness from osteoarthritis
  • better sleep
  • improvements in overall wellness
Watch this video from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) at NIH to see a demonstration of tai chi.

Safety

  • Talk with your doctor if you are unsure about doing a particular balance exercise.

  • Have a sturdy chair or a person nearby to hold on to if you feel unsteady.

Be active every day with MyGo4Life. Keep track of activities. Get coaching tips. Sign up today!

Share your story