The practice of Tai Chi can play an important role in your overall health. Although it has not been shown that Tai Chi can lead to stronger bones, it can still be part of an effective exercise program for people with osteoporosis or low bone density. It can improve your strength, balance and body awareness – all important ingredients to a fall reduction strategy. As a result it is one of the great balance exercises for seniors.
Some of the challenges with Tai Chi are: getting started, learning the basics and pushing through the initial learning curve. To address these challenges, I have prepared a video demonstration of a basic foundation Tai Chi program comprised of 8 moves. I call the video: Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – 8 Steps to Bone Health. Take a look. Give it a try!
When you practice Tai Chi on a regular basis it yields a number of significant health benefits:
- Improved balance and strength – leading to a reduction in fall frequency
- Improved body awareness and coordination
- Stronger immune system
- Enhanced mental clarity and concentration
- Improved cardiovascular
Tai Chi is suitable for almost everyone. I have been practicing for many years and have enjoyed the experience. It involves slow, rhythmical and deliberate movements that exercise and stretch all bones, joints and muscles. All movements should come from the Tan T’ien – located 3 to 4 centimeters under the naval and two thirds of the way inwards towards your spine.
I am a big advocate of Tai Chi. Where appropriate, I encourage clients to practice this art. The MelioGuide Exercise for Better Bones Program includes a complete video presentation of the Tai Chi for Osteoporosis – 8 Steps to Bone Health. The video demonstrates the 8 steps from a front and back view, as well as detailed step-by-step replays of each movement.
I teach Tai Chi to Health Care Professionals who take my Building Better Bones continuing education course for Health Professionals on osteoporosis prevention, treatment and management. In fact, my online Building Better Bones includes a a lecture on Tai Chi as well as the detailed video demonstration of the 8 Steps to Bone Health.