Plenty to gain from tai chi

A TOUCH of China appears next to the Murray River in Albury each Tuesday morning.

A tai chi class gathers at Noreuil Park under the guidance of leader Cathy McGlone.

Among those participating yesterday was retiree Joan Chapman, who has been practising the martial art for the past five years.

“I knew someone else who was doing it and I thought it would be good to help with balance and it’s good to catch up with people as well,” Mrs Chapman said.

“It’s a nice relaxing hour and you do feel more energised.”

To coincide with NSW Seniors Week starting this weekend, a large demonstration of tai chi will be staged in Albury’s QEII Square.

More than 50 exponents will gather from 10am to show their moves.

Organiser Steve Burton, a health promotion officer with Murrumbidgee Local Health District, said it would be an opportunity to learn more tai chi.

“You can watch or take part in a public tai chi class, receive information about where classes are held locally and ask as many questions as you like of some of the local volunteer tai chi leaders and tai chi students,” Mr Burton said.

“Tai chi is ideal for people who have always thought about getting involved in gentle exercise, but have never got around to doing it.

“After a few months of regular practice, expect improvements in your balance, flexibility, strength and fitness.”

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