Tai Chi, the ancient martial art form taught to the Royal Guard of Chen in the 16th century, has evolved from a battle tactic to a practice with a wide range of health benefits. Today, over 300 million people practice Tai Chi across the world.
But why should this matter to you?
As we age, we become more at risk for falls. The CDC states that 1 in 4 older adults will fall each year and 1 in every 5 falls results in a serious injury. In the U.S., the average cost of a fall-related hospital visit is $30,000.
Exercise has long been the most recommended method to reduce your risks of fall. What about Tai Chi? “Tai Chi is evidence-based to reduce falls, and injuries related to falls.” Vianna Broderick, MD, Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Langone Health.
We visited the Taoist Tai Chi Society in New York to see first hand how the art form is being practiced today, and the effects it has on the community.