May 14, 2021

Some Good News About Tai Chi and Bone Density Improvement

 

Just thought I'd share some good news. Two of my tai chi class participants told me that both of them went for bone density scans this week and both had GAINED in bone density. Now when two women over 65 GAIN in bone density that is amazing. They both told me that the only thing they did differently between their prior bone scan and this recent one was was practice tai chi! They were absolutely glowing when they shared this news. Proof that we can get better with age if we work at it!

Want more proof that tai chi is great for improving your bone density? Here it is!

Rocks with tai chi on them

April 29, 2021

Regular Exercise Can Reduce Your Risk of a Severe COVID-19 Case

 

In a new study of nearly 50,000 Californians who developed COVID-19, researchers found that people who did regular physical activity were less likely to end up in the ICU or die from the disease. The findings were published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine last week.

Compared with people who were active for at least 150 minutes per week, those who were regularly sedentary were about twice as likely to be hospitalized and two-and-a-half times more likely to die from COVID-19.

Exercise can greatly decrease your likelihood of becoming gravely ill from the disease, notes lead study author Dr. Robert Sallis, a family and sports medicine doctor at the Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center in California. 

Exercise is known to help people fight off viral infections by strengthening the immune system, heart, and lungs. Studies even show that being aerobically fit increased the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine in some people.

When we exercise, our heart rate increases, and blood flows quickly through the body. This signals to immune cells in places like the spleen and bone marrow lymph nodes to come out and circulate the body at a higher rate than normal. This increased immune surveillance can drive down infections.

The full article goes on to advise gentle exercise. Sounds like tai chi, maybe? DEFINITLEY!!

Park tai chi

(UPDATED) Celebrating World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day at the Monon

 

We had such a great time celebrating World Tai Chi & Qi Gong Day at the Monon on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Click on this updated link for our video of the event where we explain the many benefits of tai chi and do a demo of Tai Chi for Health Part 1.  

 

Tai chi hands

March 10, 2021

Can Tai Chi Help Older Adults Sleep Better?

 

I was recently interviewed as a content expert for an article about how tai chi can help older adults sleep better.

(Spoiler alert--Yes, it definitely can!).

Here's the article.

 

Sunlight

February 5, 2021

How Long Does it Take to Learn Tai Chi?

 

Many times the first question I am asked by a new tai chi participant in a class is "How long will it take me to learn tai chi?" I just smile and give them the same answer my teacher gave me when I asked that same question eleven years ago. She looked me in the eye and said, "What's your hurry?" Usually the person laughs and then I tell him/her that learning tai chi is a lifelong pursuit--that's what makes it so much fun. You never stop "learning" tai chi. As time passes, you will get more comfortable with the movements and begin to memorize the forms, but the beauty of tai chi is that there is always something new to learn--either about tai chi or yourself--in the process.

 

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