Tai Chi is a mind body practice that originated in ancient China and has been practiced for thousands of years. It began as a martial art and as it developed it became a method of enhancing physical and mental health.

Tai Chi is now popular in the West, and people all ages and physical conditions can learn it. It involves gentle movements, deep-breathing and moving meditation. It is low-impact, weight bearing and relaxing. It is thought to improve the flow of chi(energy) through the body, thus leading to numerous health benefits.

Some of these benefits are:

  • Better balance and increased strength
  • Less joint pain and stiffness for those who have osteoarthritis
  • Improved sleep quality  
  • Increased vitality
  • Better coordination
  • Greater awareness, calmness and a sense of well-being

To find a Tai Chi class near you go to their website. If you're in south Florida you can call 305-598-3959.

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Sibyl Adams, Seniority Matters’ featured fitness blogger, has spent three decades in the health and fitness field. She began competing in local body building events in 1980, and by 1983, she was second in her weight class in the International Arm Wresting Championships in San Jose, Costa Rica. Sibyl remained active in the body-building scene for more than a decade, while also teaching aerobics and running races. She retired from body building in 1990, but continued running competitively until 2004, when she suffered an ankle injury.

Today, Sibyl works full-time as a personal fitness trainer and is president of her own company, A Personal Touch Fitness. She is a certified Reiki master, a National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Certified Trainer, and is currently pursuing a certification in yoga. She enjoys swimming, power-walking and playing with her grandchildren.

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