Tai Chi vs. Yoga – Which Fitness Program Suits Your Dad Best?

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Tai Chi vs. Yoga – Which Fitness Program Suits Your Dad Best?

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You want your dad to become more active. He tends to sit behind his computer or the TV all day. You’ve noticed he’s stiff when he stands now. You’ve narrowed your choices to two programs designed to gently tone muscles, improve balance, and reduce strength. You’re ready to go to a class with him, but you’re not sure if he’d prefer tai chi or yoga more.

Senior Care West Hills CA - Tai Chi vs. Yoga - Which Fitness Program Suits Your Dad Best?

Senior Care West Hills CA – Tai Chi vs. Yoga – Which Fitness Program Suits Your Dad Best?

Both tai chi and yoga are exercise forms that pair movements with meditation practices. They reduce stress, tone and strengthen muscles, and help with balance. Take a closer look at the two to help you decide.

Pros and Cons of Tai Chi

If your dad is the type to say that yoga is not a very manly exercise form, you may find it easier to suggest tai chi. While yoga is a mix of poses and meditation, tai chi uses moves designed in Asian self-defense practices and meditation. Like yoga, tai chi helps with balance, stress, and toning muscles.

Tai chi is usually performed at your speed and comfort level. If your dad tries to do too much in his first couple of classes, he might strain a muscle, but it’s not common. It is important that he takes a basic class where he will not be doing any movements he’s not ready to handle.

Pros and Cons of Yoga

Yoga is a series of poses that help strengthen and stretch muscles throughout the body. It can help with balance. If your dad deals with an aching back, yoga can help strengthen those muscles and prevent the aches from returning. Yoga also helps with deep breathing that increases oxygen and relieves stress.

There are few cons to yoga. Some of the poses may be difficult for your dad. If he starts slowly in an easy class and works his way up to the more difficult poses, he’ll be fine. Bikram or “hot” yoga classes may be best avoided if your dad is sensitive to hot temperatures. If you do want to try a hot yoga class with your dad, talk to his doctor first to see if he can handle working out in a hot room.

Make sure your dad gets exercise on days when you don’t have a class together. One way to do this is by hiring caregivers. Senior care specialists come to your dad’s home to help him embrace his independence without risking his health or safety. Some of the senior care services offered include medication reminders, assistance with bathing, and transportation. Call our senior care agency today to discuss other benefits these providers offer.

If you or an aging loved one are considering Senior Care Services in West Hills CA, please contact the caring staff at 1Heart Caregiver Services today.

Belina C. Nernberg
Belina C. Nernberg
Belina Calderon-Nernberg is the CEO and founder of a group of successful companies – 1Heart Caregiver Services, LA Jobs Employment Agency Inc. and Summit Medical Billing Solutions, Inc. As the CEO of 1Heart Caregiver Services, one of the fastest growing in-home care service companies in California, Belina has been responsible for the company’s increased productivity and consistent profitability for more than 12 years. Belina provided the vision, leadership, and direction that the company needed to achieve its short-term and long-term goals. As her greatest accomplishment, the company is now equipped with the expertise to expand its business operations to different States in the U.S. Belina brings with her a corporate experience of 23 years, with 13 solid years of experience as CEO of an employment agency and a senior care service company in Southern California. Belina’s principle-centered leadership and strength in her ability to combine corporate talents pave the way for the company to achieve greater heights. Belina has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of St. La Salle, Philippines. In 2013, she was honored with the Los Angeles IMAGE AWARDS – an award given to emerging leaders in business, community service, arts and entertainment. In June 2014, she was also awarded the title of Ambassador of Goodwill by the HiFi (Historic Filipinotown) Neighborhood Council. This title is bestowed to carefully selected Filipino-Americans who are persons of integrity who have the ability “to promote, reach out, influence and mobilize public interest and support of the ideals, values, principles and programs of the Historic Filipinotown.” In December 2015, she was also the recipient of the TOPLA (The Outstanding Pilipinos in Los Angeles) Award for Leadership Excellence in Human Resources. 1Heart Caregiver Services is a certified member of CAHSAH and has been featured in Asian newspapers and other media publications all over the United States like Yahoo! News, Google, TV, radio and newspaper online due to its various accomplishments, corporate programs, and contribution to the senior care industry. Belina’s vision remains solid and strategic as the company moves forward in its goal of making a positive difference in the home care industry.

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