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Coronavirus: Consider learning tai chi

Written by Diane Archer

While socially isolating during this coronavirus pandemic, people are trying all sorts of new activities. I’ve finally mastered the art of making sourdough bread! For your mental and physical health, it’s important to be moving as much as possible. You might consider learning tai chi, a safe and beneficial form of exercise.

Harvard Health explains that tai chi helps you maintain and improve strength and flexibility, as well as balance. It can improve both your upper and lower-body strength. It also strengthens back and abdominal muscles.

Tai chi is a low-impact martial art that can treat or prevent an array of health conditions. It can reduce your risk of falling. Tai chi is done in slow motion.

With tai chi, you are focused on your breath and your body. Your muscles are always relaxed. You might be standing, sitting or lying down. Some times you’ll do breath work to calm your mind and activate the energy in your body.

If you’re looking for a way to exercise at home, I hope you’ll consider trying it. People who do tai chi generally feel better physically and mentally. There are scores of tai chi classes on youtube. Find one with an experienced instructor. Harvard Health recommends taichihealth.com. It has videos on tai chi fundamentals, including basic moves and a form demonstration. Here’s an instructional video for beginners that is extremely popular, with more than 400,000 views.

N.B. Before you start doing tai chi, if you have balance issues or a medical condition that makes it difficult for you to move or puts you at risk of falling, speak with your doctor.

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