It appears that Tai Cheng for seniors is back in the news. And the news is good. Time Health just reported that Tai Chi and with it Tai Cheng, may be as good or better than crossFit.
Last year HealthyLivingAfter60.com published an article. Tai Cheng Exercise for Seniors.
Tai Cheng Is A Popular Form Of Tai Chi Designed For Seniors
Tai Cheng is endorsed by popular television and film personality Dick Van Dyke. The Tai Cheng late night infomercials have been widely viewed.
Dick Van Dyke has become an outspoken advocate of Tai Cheng. The amazing benefits offered to seniors is reason enough. The 91 year old singer, dancer and comedian knows the risks older citizens face everyday.
Balance, agility and strength are all reasons to make Tai Cheng a part of any physical fitness plan, especially for seniors.
Tai Chi in general and Tai Cheng specifically, are incredibly beneficial to those who practice the system.
It is an ancient Chinese form of exercise that has the look of martial arts. It’s not that exactly. It is an almost slow motion form of moving, stretching and strengthening of the body.
What Is Tai Chi, Tai Cheng?
Those who chose to do the Tai Cheng form, purchase a program that walks them through the various moves, slowly increasing in intensity over a ninety day period.
Once a student has completed the 90 days of Tai Cheng, the exercise continues on a regular schedule to maintain health, fitness, strength and stability.
The Time Health article reports, that Tai Chi holds up when compared to other, more strenuous types of exercise. HealthyLivingAfter60.com agrees.
The ancient art, when adhering to the Tai Cheng method evolves into moves and motions not possible for many seniors when they first begin training. The beginning involves stability and mobility. The program explains the difference.
Time Health got it right when they described the exercise. They said, “But while Tai Chi may look mundane—even boring to some—experts who’ve studied it say its benefits are vast and hard to oversell.”
Time Health reported that according to Dr. Michael Irwin, a professor of behavioral sciences and director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. During the past 15 years, Irwin has published more than a dozen studies linking Tai Chi to lower rates of insomnia, depression, illness and inflammation.
Strenuous or Low Impact
Health and fitness experts continue to promote strenuous exercise regimes as a method to become physically fit. It is often a part of weight loss programs.
A strenuous workout is not an option for many seniors. Those who are not physically able to engage in exercise that is remotely strenuous often find themselves, fat, out of shape and increasingly less healthy.
Tai Chi, and for many, the training program Tai Cheng changes that. It provides for a no impact exercise program that has nearly all the health benefits of crossFit training, without any of the dangers or risks.
Don’t misunderstand. Many of those doing crossFit are training for strength and bulk. That is not the goal of Tai Chi. It is more accurate to say that the ancient exercise is to enhance overall health. Heart, lungs, balance, endurance and general fitness.
Tai Cheng is associated with improved balance and mobility, reducing the risk of falls and better reaction times. All benefits for seniors. It is body movements that enhance balance and flexibility.
There is More
The intangible element is peace. There is a certain peace of mind the evolves as the practice of this exercise becomes a regular routine.
In the Time Health article linked earlier, they describe it this way. “You’re getting all the cognitive pieces you might get from meditation—mental clarity and focus and positive thoughts and lower stress—but you’re also getting physical exercise.”
There may be other health benefits to Tai Chi or Tai Cheng. Time Health pointed to a study in the Journal of Rheumatology that tied Tai Chi to reduced pain and stiffness among people who have arthritis.
While it is known that heart health is improved, another report indicated that the kidneys might benefit as well when Tai Chi exercise becomes a regular routine.
There are dozens of reasons to exercise. When it comes to seniors, the choices become more limited. While those who are able, strenuous exercise may be a wonderful option.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com recommends the fitness program Old School, New Body. A exercise and diet regime to eliminate body fat, increase strength and build a more fit, trim and healthy body.
Old School, New Body works. If you are a senior that physically can not do gym style exercises, it is not a plan for you.
For seniors less able to exercise, Tai Cheng, a popular form of Tai Chi, is a choice worth looking into. It solves many problems associated with seniors and their ability (or inability) to exercise.
Here is another link to our Tai Cheng article from last year. As we said then and HealthyLivingAfter60.com maintains today, Tai Cheng offers the opportunity for less that able seniors, to begin to recover strength, flexibility, balance, endurance and overall fitness in a slow motion form of exercise.
Tai Cheng is available at Amazon.com. There are other Tai Chi programs available as well. We will list a few here for you. Simply click on the image that interests you. It’s a direct link to Amazon.com.
HealthyLivingAfter60.com likes Tia Cheng. The deciding factor is the all encompassing feature of their program. If you buy their’s, you have everything to do the exercises properly. Video, floor grids and quality instructors.
The other plans will certainly help with the benefits of doing Tai Chi. They may take a little longer to learn and understand. What ever you choose, just doing the plan will help your over all health.
Let me remind you of Regis. He reports to be a user of Tai Cheng himself. He is 85 years old, has had heart issues as well as a hip replacement. The limiting factors for most exercise programs do not apply to the popular Tai Chi or Tai Cheng plans.
If you can not stand, we offer a review of the Bounce Back Chair that allows amazing exercise while sitting. Here is a link to our article. The Bounce Back Chair.
Proper diet and exercise are still fundamental to good health. There are methods for nearly anyone to exercise for better health. Tai Chi is one of them.
Questions or comments? Drop us a note in the comments section below. —Robert