Tai Chi for Fall Prevention

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seniors practicing tai chiBeing active is essential for good health. Tai Chi consists of moving from one stance to another in a slow, coordinated, and smooth way. It combines slow movements and breathing exercises that can be done while sitting or standing.

Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention can help improve posture, muscle strength, flexibility and prevent falls. The program is appropriate for people with mild, moderate and severe joint involvement and back pain. It is also suitable for adults without arthritis who have a higher risk of falling.

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.
January 13 through February 24, 2021
Swain County Senior Center, 125 Brendle Street, Bryson City

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy and progress throughout your Tai Chi practice.

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing and flat, well-fitting shoes.
  • Do not practice Tai Chi when you are hungry, immediately after a meal, or when you are upset.
  • Begin each session with a warm-up and end with cool-down.
  • Listen to your body and rest when you start to feel tired, are in pain or lose concentration.
  • Slow down and take extra care to move with awareness.
  • Breathe, slowly, naturally and easily.

For more information, call the Swain Extension at (828) 488-3848 or email dee_decker@ncsu.edu.