For many seniors, retirement is the perfect time to branch out and try new things. No matter what your interests are, there’s ample opportunities all around you to engage in something different from your typical activities. For example, tai chi has become very popular among seniors; the noncompetitive Chinese martial art has numerous benefits to offer and it’s a great way to stay active.
At Ventura Townehouse, we believe in the importance of nurturing the mind, body, and spirit, and tai chi is an excellent way to do so. In this article, we’ll explore a few reasons why this form of martial arts has become so popular among seniors.
Tai chi involves slow, flowing movements, deep breathing, and inner focused attention. It’s sometimes referred to as “meditation in motion” due to its emphasis on mindfulness. The slow-paced nature of tai chi encourages relaxation and inner peace, and it’s often lauded for its effectiveness at reducing anxiety and depression.
One of the reasons tai chi is so appealing to seniors is because it is a gentle and low impact form of exercise, meaning that it doesn’t put too much pressure on the joints. It can even decrease pain and inflammation, which is especially important for those with arthritis.
Despite tai chi being slow and gentle, it’s still an excellent workout for the body. It increases muscle strength, similar in effectiveness to resistance training. Tai chi also boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and can even improve sleep quality.
Tai chi has an important role to play in fall prevention as well, a key feature for seniors. Regular practice improves balance control, posture, and coordination. A 2010 study at the National Institute on Aging found that after 12 weeks of tai chi practice, participants had significant improvements in balance, mobility, and overall function. Another study from 2016 found that tai chi reduced falls by 49% among participants.
Tai chi is a unique and interesting form of exercise with many benefits to offer people of any age, but especially seniors. It has positive effects on mental health, in part due to promoting mindfulness and tranquility. And although tai chi isn’t intensive cardio, it manages to improve physical wellbeing just as well as many strenuous forms of exercise.
Staying active is an important part of senior living, which is why Ventura Townehouse includes various amenities to support healthy physical fitness and wellbeing. For more information about our senior living community, or to schedule a tour, click here.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.