Kaiser Permanente physician, Robert Johnson, MD, shares knowledge of traditional Chinese exercises to improve flexibility, strength and balance. Many older adults have found benefit from the centuries-old Chinese martial arts, tai chi and qigong. Chi or qi (chee) means life energy. Qigong (chee-goong) literally means life energy cultivation. Tai chi consists of a series of flowing movements while qigong focuses on the repetition of isolated movements and breathing. Robert Johnson, MD, Kaiser Permanente chief of Palliative Care in Walnut Creek, Calif., has practiced tai chi and qigong since the 1970s. He believes these mind-body exercises promote good health, flexibility, strength and balance, which help reduce the risk of falling among seniors. Each year, one out of three adults, age 65 and older, falls due to lack of balance or other reasons. Consider a record 11,000 baby boomers turn 65 and become Medicare eligible every day, and that can add up to a lot of falls and serious injuries. “We spend most of our day in sedentary jobs. Many of us sit in front of a computer or television for hours at a time,” Dr. Johnson said. “To age well, we need to move, stretch and keep our joints lubricated and flexible. Otherwise, our muscles, joints and tendons become stiff and brittle, and that can lead to falls and disabilities.” In a short video, Dr. Johnson shows a few basic exercises and explains why they’re helpful. -
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How Strong is Your Chi? Learning Tai Chi and Qigong to prevent slips, trips and falls September 13, 2013 - See more at: http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/how-strong-is-your-chi/#sthash.E4c7YJko.dpuf

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Mary Anita Iddings | Reply 31.12.2013 17:34

This is great but I should have seen it 50 yrs. ago! Young Sisters pay heed....

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