Tai Chi exercise for Osteopenia, Osteoporosis and a whole lot more. Here is a meditative exercise which you could do at home. It is a program that can be done by your and by the old and it requires NO special equipment.
Also there are scientific studies that show it:
Impressed? Well, the above list comes from reading only half the studies published in peer reviewed journals about Tai Chi exercise.
Many community centers or adult education programs offer Tai Chi classes on a regular basis. And it is good to practice with others.
Visitors to China often return telling stories about people of all ages practicing Tai Chin in the public parks. Many older persons start their day with the practice - greet the sun. I do not know of any other countries were people gather outdoor in public space to practice this ancient mind/body meditation form.
But not everyone is in a place where public practice is the norm. In fact many of us live in areas where there are no courses....no experienced teachers.
There are several a program that teaches Tai Chi that I have found useful. What I like about it is that there is description as well as a video clip....and I often replayed the video clip several times until I felt I had the movement down right. Click: Tai Chi Program from your computer
If you prefer a CD or DVD, Amazon sells several:
You can do a web search for this. All are online:
Kate, not sure this is positive enough and won't be bummed if you don't need it but here you go: I took a Tai Chi course and after only seven weeks of class and practicing almost daily my balance is noticeably better. I can stand on one foot to pull
on socks and underwear and I am not wobbling and tipping over!
Just an FYI since I somehow look upon you as my osteopenia confessor!... I have discovered I actually broke a bone in my foot last November.
It may be a combination of Osteopenia and TMTS (as my husband the Physical Therapist says "too much too soon") as I was walking alot and walking pretty ruggedly i.e. trails.
So here I sit in a darn walking cast hoping it heals. I am so mad at myself for ignoring the pain but learned a valuable lesson about my health. As always, thank you for your efforts.
Virginia Beres" United States"Tue. Mar 2015