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Why a Tai Chi Class Should Be On Your Schedule

By Sandy Schroeder

More and more people are discovering this "meditation in motion" that upgrades the mind and the body without breaking a sweat. In contrast to fast moving dance classes, lively spin sessions or heavy duty workouts, the practice of tai chi is all about control as you learn to slow down and let your muscles relax and move freely.

You may spot classes in the park with dozens of individuals standing and swaying as they follow the instructor through one pose after another. People of all ages are discovering how much tai chi can do for their brain and their body, according to Harvard Health. 

Here are a few of the things it can do for you.

Improve your balance - Research shows seniors who do tai chi 1-3 times a week are 43 percent less apt to fall, and their risk of injury is slashed by 50 percent. Sport-minded men and women of all ages often find an improved  balance that sharpens their game.

Ease your pain - Many people with pain in the neck, back or knees find their pain is diminished as their mobility increases with tai chi. The easy standing poses encourage relaxed movement that helps the body heal.

Lift your spirit - When you are standing among the trees enjoying the sun and the breeze, it's much easier to join in, enjoy the moment, and come away refreshed.

Take a break from stress - For an hour or more each week, you can park your worries and take deep calming breaths as you focus on following one simple pose after another.

Help your heart - Harvard's doctors say tai chi may lower your risk for developing heart disease, even if you have risk factors.

Look for a Class

Classes are often available within local universities, in community centers and online. I found one in my community park that was the best hour that I had all week to improve my mood, and strengthen my muscles. We stood in the midst of the trees and followed the slow swaying motions of the teacher. Each week the class grew, as more and more people heard about it and recommended it to friends.

Devoted fans say tai chi will help you become, "Strong as an oak, flexible as a willow and mentally clear as still water."  Enjoy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wellington, Fla.

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