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Tai Chi in the Park

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" This gentle form of exercise can help maintain strength, flexibility, and balance, and could be the perfect activity for the rest of your life".

- Harvard Health

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Come join us for a low-impact, slow-motion group exercise. It happens every Saturday, from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at Pendleton Arts Block.  It's free to join -- but donations are very much appreciated. 

After the Tai Chi session is done, you're more than welcome to socialize with us at Core Coffee nearby -- where you get 20% off of your purchase for participating. 

Benefits of Tai Chi

Muscle strength. Tai chi can improve both lower-body strength and upper-body strength. When practiced regularly, tai chi can be comparable to resistance training and brisk walking.

Although you aren't working with weights or resistance bands, the unsupported arm exercise involved in tai chi strengthens your upper body. Tai chi strengthens both the lower and upper extremities and also the core muscles of the back and abdomen.

Flexibility. Tai chi can boost upper- and lower-body flexibility as well as strength.

Balance. Tai chi improves balance and, according to some studies, reduces falls. Proprioception — the ability to sense the position of one's body in space — declines with age. Tai chi helps train this sense, which is a function of sensory neurons in the inner ear and stretch receptors in the muscles and ligaments. Tai chi also improves muscle strength and flexibility, which makes it easier to recover from a stumble. Fear of falling can make you more likely to fall; some studies have found that tai chi training helps reduce that fear.

Aerobic conditioning. Depending on the speed and size of the movements, tai chi can provide some aerobic benefits. If your clinician advises a more intense cardio workout with a higher heart rate than tai chi can offer, you may need something more aerobic as well.

Info taken from Harvard Health [Source]

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