Dick Van Dyke and Tai Chi

Angie SzumlinskiHealth, Studies

We have all seen the infomercials for Tai Chi but recent studies are proving that they may be right! In a recent article published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, Tai Chi is identified as being beneficial for at least 4 chronic conditions, Cancer, Osteoarthritis, Heart Failure and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In case you don’t know what Tai Chi is, it is a physical activity that originated in ancient China and involves the interconnected concepts of Yin and Yang. The theory and principle of Tai Chi emphasizes slow, gentle and flowing movements that involve strengthening, balance, postural alignment, mind concentration, relaxation, and breath control. As an added bonus, Tai Chi has shown benefits in improving lower extremity strength, balance, fall prevention, and flexibility as well! Maybe it is time to shut down the bingo games and try Tai Chi in your center. Encourage your activity professionals to review the study and develop a plan to integrate this proven program in your center!