I'm 69, and have had a few falls. Someone suggested Tai Chi would be good to improve my balance. Anyone have experience with this?
I live in a retirement community and began taking a tai chi class about 4 months ago. I'd heard that that it was good for balance and for bone building and wanted to give it a try. My class is called Tai Chi For Fall Prevention; it's the 12 form SUN style (which meant absolutely nothing to me when I began!).
I look forward to class each Tuesday morning. The balance aspect comes into play because weight is transferred from one foot to another and then one performs slow movements with the arms and body to re-center the body over the new weight bearing leg . Because it's weight bearing, tai chi is also good for the bones.
The link below is a demonstration of the form I enjoy. If you attend a beginner class, you won't do all the movements in the first class or even the 5th. The instructors usually take it slow.