Balance minder – Connect for Energy (Let’s do it together)
“Bring some energy and routine into your day, with Time Out Tai Chi”
Balance Minder is an Australian based business that has long been known for improving health and wellness through a range of online and in-person courses and workshops. During the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Balance Minder is ready to provide exercise and wellness online to our aging community.
- Objective #1: Provide safe online exercise.
- Objective #2: Provide 3 classes per week – 30 minute live Virtual hub Time Out Tai Chi classes (catering for seated & standing participants) plus wellness coaching
- Objective #3: Membership will give participants access to “On Your Feet” OR “Off Your Feet” Time Out Tai Chi on-demand resources.
- Objective #4: Promote community and family wellness through online connection.
- Adults at home with internet and computer knowledge and access.
- Only one membership needed per household, but pre-exercise screening form required for each adult participating.
During this time, it is important to do things that help us to cope and maintain good mental health. Balance Minder has created an online virtual hub that can provide individuals access to Time Out Tai Chi either as an “On Your Feet” or “Off Your Feet” exercise.
“Tai Chi is a slow and gentle exercise that is suitable for older adults with chronic illness. This exercise offers the benefits of flexibility, muscle strengthening, and endurance training. Tai Chi has the capability of improving the health of elders without exacerbating existing impairments. Therefore, older adults may be more inclined to participate in and maintain an exercise program.”
Adler, P. A., & Roberts, B. L. (2006). The use of Tai Chi to improve health in older adults. Orthopedic nursing, 25(2), 122–126. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006416-200603000-00009
Unfortunately, due to the current physical distancing required to “flatten the curve” and protect themselves and the community, we are missing their regular organised gatherings. While these measures are important to protect our vulnerable, they are leaving people socially isolated, which has negative impacts. Many people are reporting increased daily fatigue and poor health chooses. Time Out Tai Chi not only has a positive impact on the physical health on individuals, but it can help beat those “social distancing boredom blues”.