Go from Sedentary to Spry with Tai Chi

06Apr2014
1501 N. Campbell Ave

Go from Sedentary to Spry with Tai Chi, a Gentle Form of Exercise that Helps Promote Wellness

From 1:00 pm until 4:00 p.m.

At The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Duval Auditorium

1501 N. Campbell Ave

Despite the well-documented health benefits of physical activity, many people find it difficult to exercise on a regular basis. Reasons include the cost of a monthly gym membership, lack of knowledge on proper form, feeling intimidated by weights or high-tech equipment, health challenges and limited mobility. However, Tai Chi is a gentle and inexpensive form of exercise that can be practiced by nearly anyone, anywhere. Daily practice of this system of body movements, mental concentration and relaxed breathing helps create wellness and vitality for the body, mind and spirit. Health benefits of Tai Chi include: · Lower blood pressure · Improved balance and agility · Increased immune function · Improved quality of life “Tai Chi, an Eastern technique, is the opposite of what we think in Western exercise, where you have to go harder or faster to increase the benefit,” said Ruth Taylor-Piliae, PhD, RN, associate professor at the UA College of Nursing. “With Tai Chi, going slower and lowering your stance actually makes it more challenging.” On Sunday, April 6, the UA College of Nursing and Edna Silva’s Center for Wu Style T’ai Chi Chuan are hosting “Tai Chi for the Health of It,” a free, interactive workshop open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn Tai Chi postures and participate in Tai Chi movements. Dr. Taylor-Piliae, who is currently examining the impact of Tai Chi on the number of falls experienced by adult stroke survivors, is among several speakers who will present on different health topics related to Tai Chi. For health care professionals, Continuing Education (CE) credit hours are available at no charge and no advanced registration is required. Details: When: Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Where: The University of Arizona Medical Center – University Campus, Duval Auditorium, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. Cost: Free Event contact: (520) 626-4934 No pre-registration: first come, first seated Faculty at the University of Arizona College of Nursing envision, engage and innovate in education, research and practice to help people of all ages optimize health in the context of major life transitions, illnesses, injuries, symptoms and disabilities. Established in 1957, the college ranks among the top nursing programs in the United States. For more information about the college, please visit its website, www.nursing.arizona.edu

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