Title

Tai Chi: An Alternative Exercise Form for Seniors

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1998

Abstract

Tai Chi, an ancieni form of Chinese fitness exercise, affords its participants a variety of physical and psychological benefits. Research has suggested that individuals engaging in Tai Chi exercises improve cardiovascular fitness and motor control while reducing stress, anxiety and depression. Tai Chi is particularly suitable for seniors, who are often at risk for a variety of problems associated with aging (e.g.. arthritis, neurological dysfunction, and general decline of balance, coordination, and locomotor function). Because of its self-paced. nonstressful, and noncompetitive nature, and its ability to afford economy of lime, space, and equipment, Tai Chi presents an effective, functional alternative exercise form for the senior adult population. This article presents the background of Tai Chi practice and introduces several key elements and suggestions for teaching Tai Chi to senior participants. Finally, some selected resources for Tai Chi practice are listed.

Recommended Citation

Yan, Jin H., and John H. Downing. "Tai Chi: an alternative exercise form for seniors." Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 6, no. 4 (1998): 350-362.

DOI for the article

10.1123/japa.6.4.350

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