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Tai Chi programs offer exercise options for arthritis sufferers
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Looking for a way to move more to help reduce the pain and stiffness of arthritis or a way to get in more physical activity? Then Tai Chi for Arthritis might be for you. Two separate programs are offered and are open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, religion or veteran status. Hilda Lytle will be the instructor for both programs.  

These one-hour, joint-safe programs are designed to help manage the effects of arthritis through slow exercises including warm-ups, Tai Chi forms and cool downs. Participants will learn the basic forms of the sun style of Tai Chi to reduce pain and stiffness while improving motion and memory depending on program selection. Participants should plan to attend all sessions of either program to receive the most benefit. Sessions will be held at the Warren County Administrative Building.

Created by Dr. Paul Lam with the help of a team of medical experts, Tai Chi increases heart and lung activity, aligns posture, improves balance and integrates the mind and body. Other benefits may include: Improved ability to cope with stress & depression, memory, coordination, muscle strength and stamina and body awareness. Studies have shown that people with arthritis who have completed the class have experienced less pain and stiffness, tend to exercise and relax more and have more overall knowledge of their condition. 

Seated Tai Chi consists of 8 sessions starting at 11 a.m. on selected Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The first session begins on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Participants will remain seated for the duration of all sessions while learning the six basic Tai Chi forms. Remaining tentative dates are Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 14, 21, 29 and April 5.  

The Tai Chi Refinement Tuesday program is offered to anyone who has completed Level I & II of Tai Chi for Arthritis. It is designed to encourage participants to work on and refine Tai Chi movements through progression of all forms. Participants will enhance learning, balance and memory. Five sessions will be held on Tuesday afternoons in February and March.  Sessions begin at 3:30 p.m. on the dates of Feb. 14, 21, 28 and March 7 and 14. 

Registration for either program is required by Feb. 10, 2023 and class size is limited.

Please call UT TSU Extension – Warren County at 473-8484 to register or for more information.