Alert
Close

   

Enter the Family Fun Travel Sweepstakes. No purchase necessary. See official rules

HIGHLIGHTS

Open
AARP Staying Sharp: Keep Your Brain Healthy

AARP VETERAN MEMBERSHIP

Military and Veterans Discount

AARP REALPAD

The tablet with free 24/7 customer support. Learn More

CONTESTS AND SWEEPS

You Could Choose Your Dream Vacation

KEEP BRAIN ACTIVE!

AARP Games - Play Now!

Learning centers

Get smart strategies for managing health conditions.

 

Arthritis

Heart Disease

Diabetes

Most Popular

Viewed

6 Ways to Feel Happier, Be Healthier

How a positive attitude really can make a difference

Tai chi creates a feeling of relaxation and calm.

Those who practice tai chi often experience less stress and a greater sense of well-being. — Yann Layma/Getty Images

6. Try Tai Chi

The gentle movements of tai chi reduce anxiety and depression, improve sleep quality, lower blood pressure and relieve chronic pain. These low-impact, slow-motion exercises encourage you to focus on your breathing and your body and allow you to concentrate fully on the present.

"Tai chi contributes to a more positive attitude not only as a result of the exercise but through the support of working in a group," says Chenchen Wang, M.D., research rheumatologist at Tufts University Medical School in Boston.

This mind-body practice teaches you how to stand, walk, lift and breathe in a perfectly natural way, explains Tricia Yu of Taos, N.M., who has taught tai chi for 38 years. Tai chi is suitable for everyone and can be adapted to individual needs, she notes.

"Both yoga, which comes from India, and tai chi, from China, are mind-body practices that reflect millennia of understanding how the mind and body work together," says Yu.

Taking a class is the best way to learn tai chi.

You may also like: Optimism linked to a reduced risk of stroke. >>

Nissa Simon writes about health and science.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Advertisement

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

member benefit aarp hear usa

Members save 15% on easy listening devices and more at the HearUSA Hearing Shop.

membership schwanns discount

Members save $20 on their first grocery delivery order from Schwan's Home Service™.

Prescription medication spilling out of bottle

Members get a free Rx discount card from AARP® Prescription Discounts provided by Catamaran.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change. 

Advertisement