OLD age is generally associated with physical and mental deterioration, and the loss of mobility, independence
OLD age is generally associated with physical and mental deterioration, and the loss of mobility, independence and confidence.
Increasingly, research is providing evidence that tai chi exercise can slow down and counter these tendencies.
Compared with people who practised other forms of exercise, tai chi practitioners were shown to have fewer falls, longer strides and better balance.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends tai chi for people with arthritis, many of whom cannot tolerate the jarring effects of other types of exercise.
In another study, those who practiced tai chi regularly had less of a decline in lung function than those who were more sedentary (Journal of the American Geriatrics Society).
Tai chi exercise has also been shown to reduce anxiety and to help with depression.
Why not join the millions of people around the world enjoying the benefits of tai chi? In partnership with Oxfordshire County Council Skills and Learning Agency, the Three Treasures School of Tai Chi is running a class specifically for the over-50s starting January 8 on Thursdays 11.15am to 12.45pm at the YMCA hall in Lawson Road, Henley.
Visit the website www.threetreasurestaiji.co.uk or call the tutor Alan Baker on (01491) 200471 for further information.