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Tai Chi Walk for Fun and Improving Balance

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In this video clip I am demonstrating a slow and controlled Tai Chi walk. You will only see the leg movements because we are focusing on the weight bearing aspect of this exercise as well as balance.

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that the exercise is performed slowly, with controlled movements to recruit several different muscle groups. Watch the clip as many times as you need before performing the walk to make sure you are clear on the proper movements. As mentioned in the video, you want to maintain the proper posture and keep the core tight.

First I put my legs in a staggered stance position, with one foot backwards and the other in front with the toe pointed outward. As I begin the first step I shift my weight onto the back foot, lifting the toe of the front foot, keeping the heel down. Then, as I shift my weight forward onto the front leg, the back leg will start to come forward, making a big circle away from my body. As the foot comes down the heel should be the first thing to touch the floor. This is the first complete step of the Tai Chi walk.

Again, watch the video first to make sure you are making the circle in the correct direction. Think about what you are trying to achieve with this exercise. It is meant to be slow to force your body to balance and control the motions.

To start the next step, the toe of the front foot comes up (heel down) shifting the weight backwards. Then the weight shifts forward as the back leg lifts up, drawing a big circle away from the body and planting the foot with the heel down first. That is two complete steps of a Tai Chi walk.  

Watching the video while doing the exercise may really help, but remember the Tai Chi walk takes practice so take your time and give it a try!

If you are interested in buying the full osteoporosis DVD, contact the Physical Therapy Center.

Contributed by Krista Magnoli, PTA @ The Physical Therapy Center in West Palm Beach, FLorida.

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