Tai Chi expert Scott Cole shares essential exercises to strengthen balance, improve muscle tone and reduce the risk of falling.
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Tai Chi Moves to Prevent Falls Travis: The reason falling can be so potentially dangerous particularly in the elderly is when you fall. You can fracture or seriously injure yourself leading to a downward spiral. If you take a look at this picture, this is another effort in medicine, it’s called a FOOSH injury, fall on out-stretched hand, and once you get a fracture particularly in the hip for an elderly individual, it can lead to so much disability down the road. So what’s important is you need balance but we do have a solution. Here to help explain it is Scott Cole and Scott is an expert at Tai Chi and balance. Scott: Great to be here, thank you. Travis: Walk right here. I’m going to tell you what. Scott: Alright go ahead. Travis: So many years ago I saw people in the park doing Tai Chi and I thought to myself, “What in the world are they doing? They seem so peaceful and--” Scott: And balance right? Travis: And balanced, and now you’re here and you can teach how about all of us some cool Tai Chi moves. Scott: I love that. Audience get on up because we don’t to fall, right? Now the F word fall, if you’re going to fall heaven forbid, you want to bend your knees and shorten the distance. So you want to soften into your leg base which is exactly what you do in Tai Chi. So bend knees, it’s a martial arts horse stance. And now we’re going to encounter Elvis. Exactly, it’s my Chinese Elvis, thank you very much. So shake it up, doctors got it on the front row, shake it up a little more, jeez move it I tell you. Now breathing is part of it. Inhaling up here, exhale down. Wow did you hear that inhale? So we inhale slowly, slowly and we involve the whole body. Bend you knees. Americans don’t bend their knees very much. That’s part of their problem. Our quadriceps, hip flexors, hamstrings, everything -- Travis: But we’re good at bending our backs. 00:01:43 [7:35:33 AM] Tai Chi Moves to Prevent Falls Travis: The reason falling can be so potentially dangerous particularly in the elderly is when you fall. You can fracture or seriously injure yourself leading to a downward spiral. If you take a look at this picture, this is another effort in medicine, it’s called a FOOSH injury, fall on out-stretched hand, and once you get a fracture particularly in the hip for an elderly individual, it can lead to so much disability down the road. So what’s important is you need balance but we do have a solution. Here to help explain it is Scott Cole and Scott is an expert at Tai Chi and balance. Scott: Great to be here, thank you. Travis: Walk right here. I’m going to tell you what. Scott: Alright go ahead. Travis: So many years ago I saw people in the park doing Tai Chi and I thought to myself, “What in the world are they doing? They seem so peaceful and--” Scott: And balance right? Travis: And balanced, and now you’re here and you can teach how about all of us some cool Tai Chi moves. Scott: I love that. Audience get on up because we don’t to fall, right? Now the F word fall, if you’re going to fall heaven forbid, you want to bend your knees and shorten the distance. So you want to soften into your leg base which is exactly what you do in Tai Chi. So bend knees, it’s a martial arts horse stance. And now we’re going to encounter Elvis. Exactly, it’s my Chinese Elvis, thank you very much. So shake it up, doctors got it on the front row, shake it up a little more, jeez move it I tell you. Now breathing is part of it. Inhaling up here, exhale down. Wow did you hear that inhale? So we inhale slowly, slowly and we involve the whole body. Bend you knees. Americans don’t bend their knees very much. That’s part of their problem. Our quadriceps, hip flexors, hamstrings, everything -- Travis: But we’re good at bending our backs. 00:01:43

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