Stroke prevention challenge

Did you know that scientific research carried out concluded that the ability to stand on one leg may reflect brain health?

Are you ready to take the balance challenge?

Can you stand on one leg for twenty seconds? What about with your eyes closed?

A question that also needs to be asked is ‘are you able to improve your balance?’ and the answer is ‘Yes’. Whatever your age, we can help you improve your balance and coordination and reduce the risk of strokes.

LFA T’ai Chi approaches the challenge by teaching gentle exercises that combine the body’s movements with the correct breathing techniques. This helps to improve the balance and coordination without strain. Our exercises have a holistic mind and body approach. We look at the person as a whole, giving each individual the means to not only improve their balance and co-ordination but to also improve their health by strengthening the respiratory system. Through practising a little each day, the lung capacity is improved, both sides of the brain are exercised, you will experience greater mind control and improved memory function and all of this in turn helps to boost the immune system.

However, the health-giving movements only work if you do. Reading the written word and understanding the theory will not help if you don’t practise the exercises regularly. The Health Arts provide you with the means to help you improve your own health, we can’t wave a magic wand, there has to be some effort on your part. Although human beings are all seen as the being the same, we are all unique and we all have the ability to help ourselves.

From the dedicated athlete to the elderly, LFA T’ai Chi can help. With our knowledge and understanding of how certain movements and specialised breathing techniques affect the body we are able to adapt the movements to the individual enabling everyone to maximise the health benefits for themselves.
Try the following breathing exercise to improve your balance and help to minimise your risk of strokes.

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References

A study published in the journal Stroke found that being unable to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds was linked to an increased risk of ‘silent’ stroke – tiny bleeds in the brain that don’t cause symptoms, but which raise the risk of both full-blown stroke and dementia.

www.sciencedaily.com 2014/12

Ability to balance on one leg may reflect brain health, stroke risk

Date: December 18, 2014

Source: American Heart Association

Summary:

Struggling to stand on one leg for less than 20 seconds was linked to an increased risk for stroke, small blood vessel damage in the brain, and reduced cognitive function in otherwise healthy people, a study has shown. One-legged standing time may be a simple test used to measure early signs of abnormalities in the brain associated with cognitive decline, cerebral small vessel disease and stroke.